Stem cell hair transplantation is an innovative hair transplantation process that can stimulate the growth of your own natural hair using the stem cells of your body. It is actually similar to a traditional hair transplant. However, instead of removing a plurality of hair follicles to be transported to the hair loss area, stem cell hair transplantation uses a small sample of skin from which the hair follicles are collected. The follicles are then replicated in the laboratory and re-implanted into the scalp in areas of hair loss. This allows hair to grow where follicles are taken, as well as where they are transplanted.
Stem cell hair transplantation procedure
What is Stem Cell?
Your bodys stem cells are responsible for healing and repairing tissues. These stem cells are the basic building blocks that can transform themselves into any cell. The fat layer beneath the skin is home to numerous mesenchymal stem cells. Thanks to revolutionary technology, these mesenchymal stem cells can be harvested to take advantage of their regenerative properties. When it enters the areas of hair loss, your stem cells can help regenerate hair follicles to ensure proper hair growth.
Stem cell hair transplantation was successfully performed in 2017 by Italian researchers. The procedure begins with a punch biopsy to remove stem cells from the person. Punch biopsy is performed by taking a circularly rotating instrument on the skin to remove a cylindrical tissue sample.
How is stem cell transplantation performed?
The stem cells are separated from the tissue in a special machine called centrifugation. It is injected into the areas where the hair is shed to make cell suspension.
Although various techniques are used in stem cell hair transplantation, they all rely on the growth of new hair follicles in a laboratory using a small sample of skin from the patient.
Stem cell hair transplantation is performed with outpatient technique in clinical setting. It requires removal of fat cells from a persons abdomen or hip using a liposuction procedure under local anesthesia.
A special process is used to remove stem cells from fat, so that they can be injected into the scalp. This procedure takes about 3 hours.
Some research has shown that stem cell hair transplantation processes can be effective in treating different hair loss conditions, including:
Male androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness)
Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness)
Cicatricial alopecia (hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue)
What are the effects of stem cell hair transplantation?
Stem cell hair restoration, stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma treatment can regrow hair. The fat layer just below your skin (also known as adipose tissue) has plenty of usable stem cells known as ADSCs (fat-derived stem cells). During stem cell hair restoration, a small amount of excess fat is extracted from the body using liposuction. Small cannulae are inserted through small incisions under the skin and stem cell-rich fat is collected. These stem cells are concentrated and centrifuged to purify the sample. The purified stem cells are then combined with platelet rich plasma found in your blood. This mixture of stem cells and is injected into the scalp and begins to interact with your existing hair follicles, repairs them and stimulates hair growth. The mixture also activates the stem cells in your scalp to thin your hair.
Who is the ideal candidate for stem cell hair transplantation?
Both men and women can undergo stem cell hair therapy to increase hair thickness and density. The restoration of stem cell hair is ideal for patients with some hair on the scalp. Patients who are completely bald cannot be candidates for this procedure. With stem cell hair transplantation:
Natural hair can renew your roots
Can add density to thinning hair areas
Prevent male and female type baldness
Natural looking fullness to your hairline
You can achieve long-lasting hair transplantation results.
What is the healing process of stem cell hair transplantation?
Recovery time is not required, but excessive exercise should be avoided for one week. Some scarring may be expected where fat is removed. Mild pain can be expected after the procedure. It should be relieved in a week.