Stem cell therapy for hair loss has gained popularity in recent years for problems such as hair loss, thinning, and shedding over time. This treatment aims to cure most hair problems using the stem cell technology
What is Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss?
Stem cell technology is used in many fields of medicine. Stem cell technology is used in hair transplantation because it prepares the foundation for healthy and strong hair growth on the scalp. Since the tissues are taken from the person’s own body and separated into stem cells, it is an extremely successful method and the healing process does not take a long time. These factors are the advantages of this treatment method. In this treatment, the fat tissues are first taken from the person’s body and then separated into stem cells. And then these stem cells are injected into the application site, stimulating healthy hair growth.
The main purpose of stem cell treatment is to prevent hair loss and to provide the patient with healthy hair. Plus, recent studies have shown that stem cell therapy can be used in gray hair. Dr. Lu Le and his team have shown that stem cell therapy promises positive effects in their experiments on guinea pigs with gray hair. Although it is not used effectively today, in the future, stem cell therapy can be used to treat gray hair.
How is Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss Performed?
During the procedure, the fat is extracted from the body areas such as the hip, inner legs, and abdomen where fat is abundant. And then stem cells are separated in sufficient amounts by special processes and practices. After being separated, stem cells go through a kind of replication process. These stem cells are transplanted to the skin by injection. This way, the scalp is enriched with stem cells extracted from the person’s own body, which stops or slows down the hair loss. The hair follicles are strengthened, new hair follicles grow and general hair growth is accelerated. As a result of the treatment, the hair gets a thicker, fresh, and bright appearance. Most importantly, hair shedding is significantly alleviated by promoting hair growth again.
The procedure involves transferring the skin taken from the back of the ear under local anesthesia to the areas of hair loss. This whole process takes approximately 1,5 hours. In stem cell therapy for hair loss, it takes 10 minutes to remove the specified amount of fat from the person. It takes 50 minutes to 1 hour for it to be separated by special processes. The application itself takes about 10 minutes. The whole procedure is carried out in about 1 hour 20 minutes to 1,5 hours.
Stem cells are taken from the adipose tissues because the rate of stem cells in these tissues is approximately 1000 times higher than bone marrow. Stem cell therapy for hair loss is one of the most successful methods ever in non-surgical hair loss treatments.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss
Since stem cell therapy takes tissue from one’s own body, the healing process is usually short and easy. The greatest advantage of stem cell therapy for hair loss is that the patient can return to daily life in a short time without the need for surgical intervention. Besides, it causes no scars because there are no stitches during the procedure. The effects of this therapy can be seen in 1 month at the latest. Thanks to stem cell therapy for hair loss, the thinning hairline can be easily improved. When PRP is one simultaneously with this treatment, the results can be longer-term and permanent. Besides, the procedure is painless, a single session is sufficient in cases where hair loss is not so severe. People of all age groups can get this treatment. Also, stem cell therapy for hair loss can be used both in thinning hair and hair loss.
Side Effects and Complications of Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss
There is no certain information about the side effects of stem cell therapy for hair loss. There is a risk of infection, as with any other medical procedure. Keeping the scalp area clean and protecting it from outside pressure will minimize this risk. Except for the risk of infection, no pain or similar side effects have been reported to date.