STEM CELLS COME FROM FAT. Perhaps no new therapy in nearly all fields of medicine has received as much attention – and hype – as the use of stem cells for a variety of conditions that range from orthopedic to cardiac to dermatologic to neurologic and more. Naturally, attention has been directed towards the application of stem cells for the treatment of hair loss. In our FDA-study work on stem cells, the source of the stem cells is the patient’s own fat. And while at this point in time the FDA restricts the use of purified stem cells from being used to treat hair loss, we have recognized that fat in and of itself, as a stand-alone treatment, can be quite effective in treating hair loss (see the photo right below).
This fat, also called adipose, when purified and injected back into the patient’s scalp along with PRP (platelet rich plasma), seems to promote hair growth in patients. This is becoming a regular procedure which we are offering, and our work in this field is receiving more and more attention as we present our results at scientific meetings. This purified fat transfer with PRP is also an effective way to pretreat scalp scars so that hairs from a transplant will have a better rate of growth.
With this purified fat transfer procedure, a small amount of fat (40 to 100cc) is harvested using liposuction, then filtered to purify it. It is then injected along with PRP into areas of hair loss. This combination makes great sense: the PRP with its growth factors “turns up” hair follicle activity, while the purified fat supplies the energy for that growth. Fat not only contains stem cells, but it also: reduces the concentration of androgens like testosterone in tissue, increases vascularity thus increasing blood flow, and lastly suppresses inflammation which can help prevent hair loss. This entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia and if desired oral sedation, and patients are presentable the next day without any noticeable changes to the appearance of the scalp.
FACTS not FICTION ABOUT STEM CELLS:
Perhaps no new therapy in nearly all fields of medicine has received as much attention – and hype – as the use of stem cells for a variety of conditions that range from orthopedic to cardiac to dermatologic to neurologic and more. Naturally, attention has been directed towards the application of stem cells for the treatment of hair loss. Herein we provide some hard facts about the state of stems cells for hair as of today. And while this info may not be quite as exciting as you had hoped, please realize that we at the Foundation are and will always be at the forefront of new techniques for treating hair loss.
FACT #1: STEM CELLS ARE NOT APPROVED FOR THE TREATMENT OF HAIR LOSS IN THE UNITED STATES. To date, there has been no FDA approval for the use of stem cells for hair loss.
FACT #2: DR. JEFFREY EPSTEIN IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING AN FDA-APPROVED STUDY ON THE USE OF ADIPOSE-DERIVED STEM CELLS FOR THE TREATMENT OF MALE AND FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS. To learn more about this study and to see if you could be a possible study subject, click here for more information.
FACT #3: APPROVED STUDIES ARE CURRENTLY BEING CONDUCTED ON THE USE OF STEM CELLS FOR OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS. There are several of these approved studies going on in the US, being conducted under what is called “IRB”, or Institutional Review Board approval. These conditions include scleroderma, osteoarthritis, and diseases of the heart and neurologic system.
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