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Stem Cell Therapy

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Stem cell therapy for hair loss involves harvesting stem cells from a patient's body (usually from fatty tissue) and then injecting the processed cells back into the affected area of the scalp. Once activated, these stem cells can help produce new follicles and restore healthy hair growth in the affected area. It is being investigated for use in androgenic alopecia (AGA) and alopecia areata (AA), as well as for hair transplantation patients.

Key insights:

  • The in vitro (in cells) evidence suggests that stem cells can promote hair follicle growth through the upregulation of growth factors VEGF, bFGF, and PDGF.
  • The in vivo (in animals) evidence suggests that injected hair follicle mesenchymal stem cells could migrate to the dermal papilla and dermal sheath, leading to enhanced hair growth and increased anagen (growing) phase. However, the migration and integration of these cells were heavily influenced by the time of depilation (hair removal), cell passage number (how many times it has been grown and split in the flask), number of cells injected, and immune rejection of the cells.
  • The clinical evidence suggests that stem cell therapy applied to the area of hair transplantation can enhance wound healing and promote the growth of transplanted hair within two months of the initial procedure.
  • Other studies have indicated that stem cell therapies can be an effective treatment for androgenic alopecia, with few side effects.
  • Stem cell therapy costs can vary from $3,000 – $10,000.
  • You may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy if you’re healthy, have responded well to other non-antiandrogenic treatments, and are financially comfortable with the investment.
  • You may not be a good candidate for stem cell therapy if you’ve had a history of health problems, haven’t previously responded well to other stimulation-based treatments, and aren’t comfortable with the financial investment.
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