Notes from Capri Hair Restoration Director Tim Claxton

Are You Thinning or Going Bald? What If Your Body Could Regenerate Your Hair?

What if, after you have experienced hair loss, your body could regenerate its own hair? Although it may sound like science fiction of the future, what if the future was right here, right now? In fact, the future of hair restoration may just lie in the body’s own stem cells.

That question is becoming a reality in hair restoration clinics across the country. Right outside of NE Philadelphia in neighboring Bensalem, PA, hair transplant doctors are already using stem cells for non-surgical forms of hair growth. Still being studied by the FDA, the current therapies are showing promise nonetheless.

A Complex Process

Human hair growth is a complex process based on multiple factors including hormones, genetics, health, and environmental issues. Nutrition, infections, vitamin deficiencies, metabolism, and autoimmune disorders can also factor in hair loss today. That has made hair restoration a vast and complicated science.

Stem cell therapy has gained attention in treating many areas of medical conditions from neurologic to cardiac medical solutions. No longer facing the stigma of using embryonic stem cells, we can now extract them from various parts of the body. But how can stem cells advance hair loss science?

FSG or Fat Stem Cell Grafting

Today, in hair restoration offices near Philadelphia and around the nation, stem cells derived from a patient’s own fat are being recognized as an effective treatment for hair loss. This is called FSG or Fat Stem Cell Grafting. FSG is only one of the cutting edge non-surgical techniques being used by hair loss professionals today.

FSG uses a small amount of the patient’s fat extracted using liposuction. This fat is then filtered for purification and then injected into the areas that are experiencing the hair loss. FSG is commonly done in tandem with another non-surgical hair restoration technique called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) extracted from the patient’s own blood.

Hair Follicle Stem Cell Research

New research out of UCLA has discovered ways to activate human stem cells in a hair follicle to make it grow. The research was recently published in the journal Nature Cell Biology. In this study, researchers found that the metabolism of a hair follicle is different from other cells of the skin.

The researchers identified two drugs that influenced the hair follicle stem cells in mice. Although this research is still quite new, it offers exciting new implications for the future of hair loss and the potential of new drugs to stimulate hair growth.

The idea of using drugs to stimulate hair growth through hair follicle stem cells is very promising given how many millions of people, both men and women, deal with hair loss,” said Aimee Flores, the first author of the study, Further research is being funded on the use of these drugs for hair regeneration by the UCLA Technology Development Group.

Hair restoration and transplantation have undergone tremendous leaps in the past few years. At our hair replacement office near Philadelphia, we are already offering state-of-the-art hair restoration and replacement procedures using stem cell technology for patients located within Greater Philadelphia, including Bucks and Montgomery Counties, South Jersey, Greater New York City including Northern New Jersey, and nationwide.

Call Capri Hair Restoration for more information about stem cell and cutting-edge options in hair restoration today.

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