Can regenerative medicine provide an answer to a problem that has plagued mankind since the beginning of time?
Hair loss is something that affects an overwhelming amount of people. In fact, it is estimated that over 50% of men over the age of 50 are affected by male pattern baldness.
Hair loss can have many different causes. Stress, genetics, illness, hairstyling techniques, and hormonal changes can all play a role.
Although hair loss is not a big issue for some people, for others it can be devastating. This is why many people choose to address their hair loss in some way. While many products claim to be the antidote to hair loss, few actually prove effective.
Those that have been shown to yield results, such as topical gels, are only a temporary solution and can have undesirable side effects.
Until recently, hair transplants were seen as being the best option for those fighting hair loss. Though effective, a hair transplant is an extremely painful and invasive procedure that requires a lengthy recovery time.
Now, however, advances are being made in the field of regenerative therapy which are offering men and women suffering from hair loss a simple, effective, and relatively painless solution to their problem.
Regenerative medicine is an experimental form of medical treatment that involves the use of live cells or tissue to help restore normal function to dead or damaged parts of the body.
Our bodies are amazing things. They are capable of healing many different parts of themselves to an impressive degree. Regenerative medicine is based off of the innate capability our bodies have to mend themselves when damaged.
Essentially, in regenerative medicine, scientists take healthy cells or tissue from one area of the body and use these to promote healing and restore proper function in other parts that require help.
In the world of regenerative medicine, the type of treatment that has garnered the most attention from doctors and patients alike is stem cell treatment. This sometimes controversial type of treatment uses specific types of cells – stem cells – to treat diseases and repair damaged tissue.
Stem cell treatment can have a number of different and diverse applications. It can be used in the treatment of burns, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease; in bone marrow transplants; in the fields of dentistry and ophthalmology, and now in the treatment of hair loss, as well.
Regenerative medicine being used to help with hair loss is a relatively recent development. For years, the research into the process was fraught with difficulties and setbacks. It is only lately that scientists have really begun to practice and perfect the various treatments possible.
There are two ways regenerative medicine can be used to treat hair loss. A stem cell hair transplant and with PRP injections.
The stem cell hair transplant involves removing a small piece of skin from a person's body. Hair follicles are then harvested from this piece of skin. These hair follicles are taken and cloned in a laboratory setting. Once enough hair has been created, it is then implanted back into the patient's head.
In 2017, researchers conducted a study following the use of this technique. Not only was the procedure a success, but in the weeks and months following it, a 29% increase in hair density was noted in participants.
PRP treatment is a little bit different. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. In this process, the specialists performing the procedure draw blood from the patient receiving treatment. It is then placed in a special centrifuge where the platelet levels in the blood become concentrated. Once this has happened, the blood is injected into the head of the patient.
PRP is commonly used for anti-aging purposes such as to improve the appearance of older skin. It is now known that it can also help to stimulate growth from hair follicles.
These types of procedures have several distinct advantages over traditional hair transplants and other hair loss prevention tactics.
For one, unlike with the use of medicines or topical creams and gels, the results are long-lasting. As well as this, although these types of procedures are still in their infancy, no serious side effects from either have so far been observed.
When it comes to a traditional hair transplant, though it may be an effective method, there are many drawbacks. It is a lengthy and painful procedure. A traditional hair transplant can take anywhere from four hours to several days and it takes weeks to fully recover from.
With regenerative treatment for hair loss, the procedures take only a few hours in most cases. They are performed under local anesthetic only and the recovery time is minimal. Especially compared to traditional hair transplants.
In general, although there may be some initial slight tenderness, most patients are feeling back to normal within a few hours.
Losing hair is difficult. It can make those affected lose confidence in their appearance and themselves, subject them to prejudice, and it can even lead to depression and social anxiety.
The truth is, though it may be mainly a cosmetic issue, it can have far-reaching and serious consequences in the lives of those it impacts. It's not difficult to see why so many people choose to try to find a fix for this all too common issue.
Thankfully, a new solution is now available. Get in touch to see how regenerative medicine can help to heal your hair loss today.