2020 might be the year of revolutionary changes as the ultimate hair loss cure might be finally found, but what exactly is going to change in the near future and how effective will new hair loss treatments be?
In this article, I am going to introduce you to the stem cell hair therapy, which might eventually be a magic bullet and put an end to your hairy problem.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are biological cells that can transform and divide to produce more stem cells. Unlike other cell types, they are capable of renewing themselves through cell division.
In the hair follicle, stem cells are responsible for the hair growth cycle, which is exactly why the stem cell hair therapy is used for hair restoration.
Stem cell hair therapy has been used to treat numerous diseases for over a decade. Although the stem cell hair therapy is relatively new to hair restoration therapy, current research data suggests that many patients report fuller and thicker hair after only a few months.
What Is A Stem Cell Hair Therapy?
It has been discovered that stem cells can be used to help grow new follicles when transplanted onto the scalp because of their ability to divide and renew themselves, which in fact helps repair certain body tissues.
The stem cell hair therapy works on the same principle as a hair transplant, but rather than transplanting hairs to bald areas, a small skin sample from which hair follicles are harvested is being removed.
After replicating the hair follicles in a lab, the follicles get implanted back into the scalp, which leads to hair growth in bald areas.
The stem cells get extracted from the patient with a punch biopsy. This procedure is performed using an instrument with a circular blade, which is rotated into the skin. After that, a cylindrical sample of tissue gets removed.
A machine called centrifuge separates the stem cells from the tissue, which leaves a cell suspension that gets injected back into the scalp.
While there are several stem cell hair restoration procedures which may vary slightly, all of them are based on growing new hair follicles in a lab by using a skin sample from the patient.
According to research, the stem cell hair therapy can be effective in treating male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness as well as cicatricial alopecia, a condition where hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
Since stem cell hair transplants exist only in theory at the moment and the research is still ongoing, the clinics which offer stem cell hair transplants are not FDA approved yet. Luckily, this might change in 2020!
Possible Side Effects
Although the stem cell hair transplant is a therapeutic non-surgical procedure, there might be some pain afterwards. Excessive exercise should be strictly avoided for one week. What’s more, some scarring can be expected.
As with any medical procedure, a stem cell hair transplant can carry the risk of infection or bleeding. There is also a small risk of damage that might be caused to arteries and nerves. But all in all, there is not enough information about the possible side effects of this procedure.
The Benefits Of The Stem Cell Hair Therapy
The Stem cell hair therapy can be beneficial on many levels. The process is all natural, it relies on the patient’s own supply of stem cells that are injected into the patient’s scalp.
This procedure will not only benefit those with pattern baldness but also those suffering from alopecia due to medical conditions (e.g. Chemotherapy, Fungal infections etc.) or emotional issues such as stress. Furthermore, there is no age limit for undergoing a stem cell hair therapy.
Why else is this treatment said to catch on like wildfire?
The benefits include:
- Few sittings
- Visible results after only one month
- Little discomfort
- Minimally invasive treatment
Just like any other medical treatment, there are no guarantees when it comes to seeing positive results as the results can vary from person to person. However, this promising hair loss treatment will certainly be a breakthrough. So let’s just wait and see what happens within the next few years!
While the cost of a stem cell hair therapy hasn’t been determined since it is still in the research stages, some therapies that are offered by some clinics range from $3,000 to $10,000 but can vary depending on the type and extent of hair loss.
The Bottom Line
As science is constantly evolving, there is hope for all those who wish to wear their hair like a crown, even in advanced age.
Only time will tell what will happen in the future, but with today’s effective treatment methods, chances are high that everything is only going to get better!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution