Stem Cells for Hair
Regenerative hair growth offers patients a safe, effective, non-surgical method of hair restoration. At Docere Medical, we employ either Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) alone, or PRP blended with stem cells derived from your own fat to stimulate hair to move from the inactive “resting” phase to the active “growing” phase.
This simple, “lunchtime” procedure can dramatically improve hair density and health in both men and women. While it will not grow new hair where there is no growth at all, it can strengthen waning follicles to turn thinning hair shafts into thick ones.
How does the procedure work?
Blood is drawn in the office and spun in a special centrifuge. The PRP is separated from the blood. A lipoaspiration is performed, usually on the flanks (love-handles), and the fat is processed over the course of 45 minutes to isolate the SVF. The scalp is cleaned then a local anesthesia is administered to numb the treatment area. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected (alone or in combination with your own stem cells). Afterwards, the patient may drive home. Usually, no sedation or medication is required. The procedure takes about 1 hour for PRP alone and 2 hours for PRP with SVF.
When can I expect to see results?
Improvements in hair growth typically become most evident between 4-8 months in conjunction with the typical hair growth cycle.
Does PRP re-grow “new” hair follicles?
Unfortunately, no. PRP helps reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles, allowing the production of longer, thicker, healthier hair fibers but the only way to increase the number of hair follicles is through hair transplantation.
What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is essentially blood that has been centrifuged and has had the red and white blood cells removed. Produced in just a few minutes from a normal venous blood draw, PRP contains a powerful mix of growth factors that can enhance tissue regeneration, healing and hair follicle growth. PRP has been studied widely and has established itself to be effective and safe as a medical treatment in the fields of oral surgery, orthopedics, cosmetic surgery and wound healing. Its use in hair restoration is relatively new but several studies have shown it to be an exciting non-chemical, non-pharmaceutical alternative to surgery.
How are stem cells from your fat beneficial in hair restoration?
Docere Medical is one of the early regenerative medicine clinics to offer you the option of using stem cells derived from your own fat tissue. After performing a lipoaspiration procedure (miniature liposuction), the stem cell rich, Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) is extracted from the whole adipose and these stem cells can be added to PRP to further boost the regenerative process on a cellular level. Research has shown that adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC’s) have proteins that exert diverse skin rejuvenating effects, such as the stimulation of collagen synthesis, triggering the growth of new blood vessels, as well as hair growth stimulating effects. Adding adult stem to PRP offers patients another innovative tool for hair restoration.
What types of conditions respond to this therapy?
PRP has effectively grown hair in the following patient groups:
- Male and female pattern hair loss
- Alopecia areata,
- Eyebrow or beard hypotrichosis
- Metabolic causes of hair loss, such as mediation induced or iron deficiency.
Can I use other medical therapies concurrently?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage the use of many different treatment modalities such as low level light therapy, Minoxidil, and DHT blockers. We are happy to discuss all of these options with you during your consultation.
The sooner we treat your hair thinning and loss, the more hair we can save!
A medical hair loss evaluation is encouraged before scheduling this procedure since not all patients are candidates for PRP hair restoration treatments. To schedule an appointment please contact us at Docere Medical.
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