What is a stem cell hair transplant ?
Doctors and researchers have spent arduous amounts of time perfecting the recent trend and likely, lasting therapy for hair loss. This have led to the soon available stem cell hair transplant. Where other treatments have been designed to prevent further loss of hair. A stem cell therapy for hair loss intends on reversing the effects of baldness entirely.
You may have spent copious amounts of money on products and medicines that haven’t helped resolve the patches of missing hair. This article is for you and we hope it enlightens you to make the right decision for yourself.
Explaining the use of stem cells for a hair transplantation
Male patterned baldness has a prevalence of 50% in men who are older than 50 years of age. In women, the rate for female pattern baldness is 50% for women who are older than the age of 65. It is necessary that this condition known to make people insecure, anxious or depressive find a treatment that isn’t elusive.
The reason hair transplant with stem cells has been explored as a possible therapy for alopecia is due to the characteristics of stem cells. They are regenerative cells that are unspecialized and can proliferate to become any cell in the body. They also help heal certain tissues by dividing, repairing and replacing damaged tissue.
The human adipose tissue, or fat cells as is commonly known, is a unique tool for a multitude of cells, including stem cells. More importantly, stem cells for hair loss come from within a person’s own body; this means they won’t be rejected by the body. In this procedure, the patient’s excess fat is collected from these abundant reservoirs of fat cells and used for reversing baldness.
What are conditions that can be treated with a stem cell hair transplant ?
The different conditions that have been researched and shown stem cell hair transplants as an effective treatment are the following:
- Male pattern baldness, also known as male androgenetic alopecia
- Female pattern baldness, which is also known as androgenetic alopecia
- Cicatricial alopecia and frontal fibrosing alopecia, a condition in which scar tissues replace hair follicles after they’re destroyed
Stem cell versus standard hair transplants
You might be wondering as to how stem cell hair transplants are any different from the hair transplant surgeries that already exist. The difference is that in a stem cell hair transplant, the stem cells will be extracted from donor areas. Namely the sides or the back of the head.
These hair follicles will be left intact in these donor areas and can continue to regrow hair. Traditionally, a hair transplant surgeries’ goal is to remove the hair follicle from a donor site. Thus rendering the donor site devoid of its follicle for a time.
It’s important that you remember that outdated baldness treatments like the FUT technique. But also home-based remedies, and medicines aren’t always safe and can result in scarring, irritation, inflammation, and soreness.
What is the procedure for a stem cell hair transplant ?
If you are wondering how this procedure is carried out, we have simplified it for you.
- A sample of fat cells is either collected from the abdominal fat via aspiration. Or they’re removed from the scalp using a needle, which separates a fraction of the hair follicle containing stem cells from the donor site.
- The sample tissue is then placed in a device called a centrifuge, at the bottom of which a suspension accumulates.
- This suspension is then injected into the scalp.
- To prevent any bacterial infections, patients are also prescribed antibiotics 48 hours prior to the procedure and followed through a week after the procedure is complete.
Recovery after surgery
Anyone who opts for this procedure has recovered successfully from this surgery without any lasting injury. Pain either subsides immediately following the procedure or can last from a few hours to a few days. Excessive exercise should naturally be avoided and mild scarring will occur.
Doctors recommend multiple visits be made to ensure the procedure is eventful. More importantly, none of these postoperative symptoms should daunt you from making the best decision for yourself.
Are there any side effects after a stem cell transplantation ?
There haven’t been exclusive studies regarding side effects following the procedure. Headache and itching can last for a few hours. Additionally, there’s always a risk of bleeding or irritation to occur form the site of extraction of the sample.
In the event of a biopsy, the patient is made aware that damage to nerves, arteries, and veins may occur. While such drastic incidents haven’t been reported, they can happen.
What is the success rate ?
Despite this treatment being new to the game of curing baldness, it is being widely tested and researched about. In a widely popular study that was carried out in 2017, Italian researchers studied the effects of isolating stem cells from human hair follicles. They also evaluated its effects on alopecia areata issues, also known as male pattern baldness.
After a total of 23 weeks, it was reported that there had been a 29% increase in hair density in previously bald sites. Regarding the placebo sites, they showed another 1% increase in hair density. If this study doesn’t satisfy you enough, there’s another famous example for you. A former boxer Chris Wild, underwent a stem cell hair transplant procedure in October 2018 and has miraculous results.
Dr Ioannis Liakas, who works at Vie Aesthetics, states that a 30% to 40% hair growth rate is expected if the surgery is done right. It is imperative that if you wish to carry on with stem cell hair transplantation that you choose a clinic where this procedure is certified by the FDA and the EU accordingly.
What are the prices of a stem cell hair transplant ?
After reading this thorough article, you may wish to submit yourself to testing out this procedure to fix a bald patch. However, before you plunge yourself you should know whether you’ll be able to endure its expenditure. Recent procedures and those being currently tested in clinics begin from 2300 to 7600 pounds and can go upwards based on the pattern and extent of balding.
However, in Japan, due to scientists wishing to make regenerative therapies available to the masses, the same treatment can cost a person 700 pounds. While this procedure isn’t exclusive to the rich, it will take time before it becomes popular and is offered more by clinics.
For now the FUE hair transplant procedure has, since its introduction in 2003, proven to be the most reliable technique to date. Furthermore at a starting price of just 1600 pounds for a hair surgery in Turkey, it is still the most affordable way to recover your lost hair.
Conclusion : this new procedure is promising but is still very costly
The public is likely to see the inclusion of stem cell therapy in clinics by 2020. For many people who aren’t candidates for the conventional hair transplant treatments, stem cells offer a new ray of hope. While every human is encouraged to embrace their appearance, it is your decision at the end of the day to do what feels right.
Stem cells have long been investigated due to their regenerative propensity, and it isn’t till now that they’re being expanded to treat alopecia too. The procedure is simple and has no lasting or damaging effects. On the contrary, results available online have only spoken of the benefits and quick recovery from stem cell hair transplant.
As the treatment is new, the cost of this therapy has varied. It’s inevitable that it will become available to the public at an inexpensive rate once its medical benefits are made common knowledge. Although this could take years for this procedure to become available at an affordable price.
Are you also suffering form alopecia ? Or have questions on the subject ? Then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly teams that will answer all your queries. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !