Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss
Why Choose Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss?
Hair loss is a common problem in the United States. It affects both men and women. Women tend to lose hair from their scalp around the age of 50, whereas about 35 million men in the United States may suffer from hair loss in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Causes of Hair Loss:
With millions of Americans suffering from hair loss, it's important to understand the causes. Here are some common reasons:
Hereditary, which can be passed down from the mother or the father.
Disease, such as cancer treatment and ringworm of the scalp.
Hormones and stress, like when women experience menopause or when someone experiences a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one.
Diet and poor nutrition, such as vitamin A and iron deficiency, unhealthy weight loss, or eating disorders like bulimia.
Medications, like blood thinners, birth control pills, and anabolic steroids may also cause hair loss.
Improper hair care, like using too much shampooing, combing wet hair, or using blow dryers and flat irons may cause issues.
Types of Hair Loss:
There are several types of hair loss, contrary to what many people may think. Here are a few examples:
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as hereditary thinning and baldness.
Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease.
Cicatricial Alopecia, which destroys a person's hair follicle.
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, often occurs in African American women.
Hair Loss Treatments:
Dermatologists provide their patients with several hair loss treatments, such as ACell + PRP Injection Therapy, which is when ACell and PRP (platelet rich plasma) are mixed with each other, then injected into the patient's scalp. This is a non-surgical procedure and helps treat baldness.
The cause of hair loss has yet to be determined, but according to a research conducted by scientists at Yale, the signals triggering hair growth have been discovered. The fatty layer of the skin contains stem cells, which have been proven to cause hair growth in mice. Researchers also noticed the fatty layer reducing in volume after hair died, but when the hair grew again, the fat layer increased in size. Interestingly enough, a stem cell called adipose precursor cell was discovered. The stem cell produces PDGF (platelet-derived growth factors), which are necessary to produce hair growth. If researchers are able to get to the bottom of this, then perhaps stem cells will be the antidote to hair loss and baldness.
Hair loss is an embarrassing issue but one that affects men and women of all ages. According to the American Hair Loss Association, about two-thirds of American men will experience hair loss by the time they turn 35 years old. Losing hair can affect not only someone’s appearance but also their self-esteem. Whether you are losing hair due to heredity, stress, a vitamin deficiency or hair pulling, you have options.
There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments out there, but we know that patients like to avoid surgery whenever possible. The idea of having potentially visible scars on the scalp can be a bit unappealing and may cause patients to not get the treatment they deserve; fortunately, here at Northwest Hair Restoration, we offer a revolutionary way to treat your hair loss without surgery. The answer lies in stem cells.
What makes stem cells so unique is that they are able to quickly divide into a multitude of new cells, which offers tissues and other areas of the body the opportunity to repair and heal more quickly. Since stem cells have special regenerative properties, their ability to help with a variety of conditions and injuries is vast and promising. In fact, research has discovered that stem cells can now be used within the hair follicles to promote new hair growth in those dealing with thinning hair or balding due to a variety of different factors.
How many hair loss stem cell treatment sessions you require will depend on the extent of your hair loss. For example, those with moderate hair loss can often get the results they want in just two settings. During stem cell therapy, some hair follicles are removed from your head and placed in a lab where they will produce more stem cells within the hair follicles. Once this is complete you will come back into our office so that these hair follicles can be inserted back into the scalp.
There are other hair loss therapies out there as well. Some therapies collect the patient’s blood to create a concentrated sampling of plasma, which is then injected into the scalp to boost hair growth. When you come in for an evaluation we will be able to determine which type of hair loss therapy is right for you.
For more information about stem cell therapy for hair loss
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