Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss
Hair loss affects 30% of adults at some point in their lives. Both men and women lose substantial amounts of hair without the corresponding regrowth of a healthy head of hair, but it is more common among men. Medications that may prevent further loss of hair must be taken perpetually or the hair will resume falling out, and no major regrowth occurs to areas that are thin or balding. Surgical hair implants are expensive and painful. Now, there is an alternative therapy for hair loss: stem cells.
Why Does Hair Loss Occur?
Hair loss occurs for a number of different reasons, but genetics are responsible for the vast majority of cases. Stress, some medications, hormonal changes, dietary deficiencies and other environmental causes are typically temporary. Hereditary baldness is referred to as androgenic alopecia, or male/female pattern baldness. As a person ages, the hair in the affected area grows thinner and eventually falls out in reaction to a sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Hair loss can also occur due to auto-immune disorders such as lichen planis, lichen planopilaris that can cause inflammation, redness, itching and irregular, patchy hair loss. These are various forms of Alopecia Areata and were traditionally treated with topical steroids or corticosteroid injections.
Who is at Risk for Hair Loss?
Men and women at risk for hair loss from hereditary causes have relatives or ancestors with baldness or thinning hair. The trait for androgenic alopecia can be passed down from the mother or father (or both). It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day, which are replaced through the regrowth process in individuals with healthy growing hair. If you notice an increase in the amount of hair that is in the shower drain or your hairbrush, or there is a gradual change in your hairline or around your part, you are likely experiencing hair loss.
Is Hair Loss Permanent?
Until now, hair that falls out due to male or female pattern baldness would not grow back in any significant way. Once the follicles become sensitized to DHT, the only way to get hair back is to surgically transplant other follicles to the area. Hair transplants are expensive, painful, and carry the risk of appearing unnatural. For many people, the only remedy for baldness was to cover the area or just shave their heads.
How Can You Use Stem Cell for Hair Loss?
Stem cells that are present throughout the body of adults, called adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), can activate regenerating properties of cells virtually anywhere in the body. MSCs extracted from abdominal fat that are injected into areas of thinning hair can make the cells of hair follicles revert to their earlier properties. Just as when you were a teenager, and the very same hair follicles were not affected by DHT – your own hair can actually grow back.
To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy for hair loss, call (646) 448-0427 (New York) or (516) 403-1457 (Long Island). National Stem Cell Centers also has locations in Southampton NY, New Jersey, Dallas and Houston in Texas, and Atlanta GA.
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