Hair loss is a condition that can affect men and women as they age. Although hair loss is typically a slow, gradual process, it can eventually lead to obvious thinning, bald spots, or a receding hair line.
At Chicago Hair Institute, Dr. Raymond J. Konior offers hair loss treatments to restore fuller, thicker hair for his patients. To provide the highest quality of hair loss care, Dr. Konior and his staff are continually studying hair loss causes and the most advanced treatment techniques.
Recently, advances in stem cells and hair loss treatment have offered our Chicago, IL patients new hope for enhancing the results of traditional hair loss treatment methods.
What Are Stem Cells?
For many years, stem cells have been used in the treatment of medical conditions and diseases. But what exactly are stem cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells, meaning that they can adapt and develop into many different kinds of cells. This is what makes them so beneficial in medical terms. They have the potential to replace or replenish dead or damaged cells and revive their functions.
How Do Stem Cells Relate to Hair Loss Treatment?
Recently, advances have been made in the use of stem cells for hair loss treatment. It has been found that a person’s own stem cells can be used to encourage dormant hair follicles to begin producing hair again. Of course, before stem cells can be used to revive dormant hair follicles, they first have to be collected.
Stem cells are stored in body fat. They can usually be found in the fat just beneath the skin, which makes them fairly easy to access. Prior to stem cell therapy, excess fat is collected from the flanks, abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. The fat is run through a centrifuge, which separates the stem cells. Isolated stem cells can then be injected into the scalp.
Typically, an average treatment would require up to six stem cell injections. So far, stem cell therapy has been shown to be highly successful in addressing hair loss, particularly when it comes to adding volume to thinner patches of hair.
The long-term results of stem cell therapy for hair loss are still being researched, but for optimal results, it is likely that treatment would need to be repeated periodically.
Can Stem Cell Therapy Replace Hair Transplants?
As stem cell research and techniques continue to advance, it is possible that stem cell therapy could eventually replace hair transplant surgery. However, for now, we still believe that hair transplant surgery is the most effective way to restore hair volume and rebuild a receding hair line.
Patients who are interested in stem cell therapy may want to consider this treatment as an enhancement to more traditional hair loss methods. Combined, stem cell therapy and hair transplant surgery could drastically improve the appearance of the hair.
At Chicago Hair Institute, we offer a number of services to address hair loss and restore volume to the hair line. If you’d like to learn more about the hair loss treatments we can provide, and which may be best suited to your unique situation, contact us at your earliest convenience.