Stem cell-based therapies have recently received lots of attention as potential novel treatments that focus on reactivating hair follicle stem cells and in this way enhance hair follicle growth, regeneration and development. Depending on the degree of hair loss, this regenerative medicine therapy may be considered.
What is hair stem cell therapy or stem cell therapy?
Stem cells are cells that have the potential to transform into different types of cells found in the body. These are cells that cannot do a specific job in the body and do not specialize in a task. These cells remain in the body as stem cells and can divide and renew themselves to become other types of cells. They help repair certain tissues in the body by dividing and replacing damaged tissues.
Who is suitable for hair stem cell therapy?
It is used in the treatment of hair loss related to genetic causes in men and women. Better results are obtained in patients who are used in the early stages of hair loss.
How are hair stem cells obtained?
Skin islands with a thickness of up to 2.5 mm in diameter, taken from behind the ear canal, are removed and placed in a special tool. The skin islands are prepared as a stem cell suspension in the instrument.
How is hair stem cells treated?
The skin islets obtained from the back of the ear are separated into micron level particles and injected into the skin areas where the hair begins to fall off. The process takes approximately one hour.
Is hair stem cell treatment painful?
Since local anesthesia is applied to the area where the skin islets are to be removed, there is no pain during the procedure. As stem cell injection is done with 32 G needles, pain is felt at a low level.
When do the results of hair stem cell treatments begin to appear?
Stem cells that are transplanted one month after the procedure begin to take effect, maximum results are seen in 6-12 months.
After what age can hair stem cell treatment be done?
There is no age limit for treatment yet. The important thing is to make the hair loss before it progresses.
What are the side effects of hair stem cell therapy?
There are no allergy or autoimmune risks, as it is made from the patient’s own tissue. Also, there is no foreign substance contribution. Sterilization should be considered in the area where the skin islands are removed, otherwise risks such as infection may occur.
What should I consider after hair stem cell therapy?
It is enough to apply an antibiotic cream for infection to the area where the skin islands are taken for a few days.
Does hair stem cell therapy replace hair transplantation?
Hair stem cell treatments will not be beneficial in the late stages of hair loss with patients who have had hair loss and lost their roots.
Can hair stem cell therapy be combined with hair transplantation?
There are no results showing that it would be beneficial to carry out the procedure together. The general belief is that it should be considered as separate applications.