Our bodies are finely-tuned, intricate machines. Like all machines, they need regular maintenance and occasional repair. Stem cells are the all-purpose handymen of our bodies, available to help restore healthy functioning throughout, including the hair and scalp. Full heads of hair are the result of hair follicles which are constantly regenerating, due in part to the presence of stem cells. But when those stem cells shrink and deteriorate as we age, hair stops renewing and ultimately falls out. That’s why reintroducing an individual’s own stem cell back to the follicles has the potential to create a nourishing environment which may foster regrowth and fight the battle against hair loss.
That is why stem cell therapy for hair loss has become an increasingly popular treatment.
What Does Stem Cell Treatment for Hair Loss Involve?
Safe and effective, the minimally invasive stem cell procedure involves isolating a few ounces of adult stem cells from fat in the abdomen, flanks, or love handles and reintroducing them to the scalp.
Those fat cells are removed from the midsection using a “mini” liposuction procedure. Prior to this approximately 20-minute-long outpatient procedure, a mild oral sedative and local anesthesia is administered, minimizing any pain or discomfort.
Following the liposuction, the medical professionals performing the procedure will isolate the stem cells while you rest. Once isolated, they will then be injected into targeted areas of the scalp, where they will begin their work stimulating hair growth.
What Happens After the Treatment?
The whole treatment process should last approximately three hours. As an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home shortly thereafter. However, since you will have been under mild sedation, you should arrange for someone else to drive you home. While you may experience some mild soreness after the procedure, you should be able to go back to work the next day.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
It may take a few months before you notice any results, and as this is a relatively new procedure, it is not yet clear how long results will last. However, the team at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is optimistic of long-term hair regrowth potential, particularly with ongoing treatment. Stem cell treatment can be used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, topical treatments or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to increase your odds of success.
To consult with Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose about whether Miami stem cell treatment may be right for you, call our office at 305-925-0222 or contact us online to book your appointment.