Stem Cell Hair Restoration Treatment – The Growth of a Breakthrough Medical Technology
Americans spend between one and four billion dollars a year on hair loss treatments. This problem affects around 56 million people in the United States. The causes for hair loss are many: illness, reaction to certain medications, stress and – of course – heredity. Whether you are a man looking for an effective cure for baldness, or a woman embarrassed by the thinning of your hair, stem cell hair restoration treatment could be the ideal solution.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can transform into specialized cells and divide to produce more stem cells.
They are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics.
- First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity.
- Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions.
In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions. In the hair follicle, stem cells are responsible for hair cycling (rest and growth periods). With genetic hair loss, there is a marked decrease in the population of stem cells in the hair follicle, which causes hairs to thin and miniaturize.
Stem cells have been used to treat numerous diseases for over a decade. The stem cell therapy used in hair restoration treatments is not to be confused with the use of human embryonic stem cells. The therapy used by Dr. Marco Barusco at Tempus Hair Restoration utilizes cells harvested through very small cannulas from the patient’s own fatty tissue. Fat tissue from the abdomen, love handles and/or saddle bags are rich in “mesenchymal stem cells,” which can be used to treat many conditions – including hair loss.
How Does the Treatment Work?
After obtaining the stem cells from the patient’s fat tissues and mixing them with growth factors from the patient’s blood, injecting them in the scalp will help stimulate the cellular mechanisms that are responsible for human hair growth. This procedure has been successfully employed by Tempus, with positive results for patients. It is an easy, out-patient procedure, done with local anesthesia and with a quick recovery, with no downtime.
What are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Stem cell hair restoration treatment can be beneficial on many levels. The process itself is relatively fast, with very little discomfort and with no downtime. It is also natural, relying on the patient’s own supply of stem cells that are injected in the patient’s scalp, eliminating the possibility of rejection.
Many of our patients ask how long they will have to wait until they start to see the outcome of this treatment. Normally, it takes up to three to four months to start seeing results, and 12 months for the full benefit.
Like any other medical treatment, there are no guarantees when it comes to stem cell hair restoration procedures, and the results can vary from patient to patient. We track results with measurements of the hair caliber and pictures at each visit, giving objective data on results.
Stem cell therapy has been used to treat many medical disorders. Although this method is relatively new to hair restoration therapy, current research data suggests that most patients respond positively from this treatment and report fuller, thicker hair a few months after. At Tempus, we offer the most advanced technology for the processing of stem cells. Our main focus is hair restoration, as we understand the importance of this issue in personal self-esteem, confidence and overall quality of life.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Barusco and get one step closer to restoring your hair to a natural, healthy state. We are here to help you obtain the best results possible.