A quick guide to the treatment that could be the solution for your thinning hair, excessive hair loss, baldness or tension alopecia.
Stress, genetics, harsh styling choices and so many more causes can lead to thinning hair or baldness. It affects both men and women of all ages so, it surprising, and a bit discouraging, that an effective treatment to reverse thinning hair and baldness has always been just out of reach. No matter how or why your hair is shedding like mad, struggling with hair loss is a deeply emotional and isolating experience that impacts your life and self-esteem at times in irreversible ways. In the beginning stages of hair loss, most people gravitate to the solutions available on the shelves of the beauty aisle in the form of creams, oils, and shampoos that all promise to help you grow longer thicker hair. For mild or temporary cases of thinning hair, these products have been successful at boosting the potential of the hair when coupled with a disciplined hair care routine, but for more serious cases of hair loss, the items on the shelves often disappoint.
There are tons of products and treatments that promise results but are they really effective at stopping hair loss?
There are more intense forms of treatment like mesotherapy and hair transplants. Mesotherapy involves injecting a solution containing vitamins, enzymes, and minerals into the scalp to directly stimulate the mesoderm layer of the skin. On average, mesotherapy is just as effective as oral supplements for hair loss so, even though the procedure is minimally invasive, it’s a more expensive option that could leave you in a bit of pain for the same results as a pill. Hair transplants are a surgical procedure that has produced the most effective results of the current treatments so far. The procedure involves transplanting hair follicles from another area of the body to the scalp. The process is painful, invasive and requires time off from work for recovery. Hair transplants are expensive, and a huge leap for people looking for effective treatment but are concerned with the cost and commitment of a surgical procedure.
There is another option for treatment revolutionizing the battle with hair loss and giving people hope that soon they will be able to stop hiding behind hats and hair pieces. Stem cell advancements are effectively being used to stop the embarrassment of hair loss.
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PRP Treatments For Hair
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy isolates platelets in the blood and uses the concentrated result at the site of the condition being treated. Platelets contain growth factors that are vital to our body’s regeneration capabilities and act as message systems to command the immune system to begin the healing process. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy has been proven effective in treating degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, tendonitis and rotator cuff injuries with highly positive results. PRP treatments have ushered in a new understanding of how our bodies can regenerate and heal. PRP treatment for hair loss works similarly by using the growth factor potential of platelets administered to the scalp. PRP therapy injections stimulate the cells and connective tissue at the base of your hair strands. These hair follicles produce stronger strands while the PRP treatment facilitates the healthy regeneration of damaged follicles and promotes
new hair growth.
PRP treatments for hair regrowth have become widely popular because of the effectiveness of the treatment and accessibility. More providers are using PRP therapy for a variety of conditions across the country, so it’s not difficult to find someone offering the procedure in your area. Compared to the price of treatments like mesotherapy and hair transplant surgery, PRP is one of the most affordable advanced treatment options for the condition as well. Working with your body’s natural healing process is what puts PRP and stem cell treatment ahead of the game of hair loss treatment. These options pose the least risk for side effects, adverse reactions, and painful recovery.
Stem Cell Treatment for Hair Loss
The worldview of stem cell treatment for medical conditions is rapidly changing, and people with hair loss all over are celebrating the new advancements in the use of stem cell treatment in effectively reducing hair loss and regenerating hair growth. For years we have overlooked the power of stem cells because of ethical and donor concerns, but with options like autologous stem cell treatments rising in popularity, the pros are far outpacing the cons of undergoing
stem cell treatment.
Adipose and Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cell Treatments
Adipose and bone marrow-derived stem cell treatments focus on using the mesenchymal “adult” stem cells in your body to treat your condition. A tissue or marrow sample is taken from your “love handle” area or hip bone and processed to isolate your mesenchymal stem cells. Many people opt for the adipose or fat tissue option because the extraction process is less invasive and an easier site for the doctor to access for a high amount of mesenchymal stem cells. Once the cells have been isolated, they are injected into your scalp to directly stimulate your poor performing or damaged hair follicles. The stem cells get to work immediately commanding a response of growth factors and cytokines from your immune system as they differentiate into the damaged cells of your hair follicle. Stem cells regenerate your follicles and
start promoting new hair growth on average within three months of your first treatment. Depending on your progress, you may be recommended for additional treatments.
Embryonic stem cells have been the subject of research for decades, but the ethics of obtaining embryonic tissue has always been up for scrutiny making the research and exploration of these stem cell options too controversial to become a mainstream medical treatment option. However, scientific advancements have found a new source for accessing the high powered potential of the stem cells that facilitate the birth and development of human bodies through cord blood and tissue. Cord tissue samples for stem cell treatment are collected immediately after a baby is born.