Hair Loss Treatments by Mesenchymal Stem Cell or PRP?
Alopecia or hair loss is a big fear for all men and women. Hairs are basically made up of a protein called keratin which is produced in follicles present at the outer layer of skin. As the new follicles are produced the older ones are thrown out. The hairs you see are actually dead keratin cells.
There are a lot of treatments for alopecia including surgery, medications, hair restoration, and hair replacements. May be you have spent a huge amount of your money on various medications and treatments that have not helped you. This article is for you and we hope that you will find the right treatment and right person for that treatment. Here we will discuss.
- Hair Loss treatments using mesenchymal stem cell technique
- Hair loss treatment by PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
According to Dr. Adam, an aesthetic skin specialist and a highly qualified professional having a diploma in aesthetic medicine from the USA and certified from the Malaysian ministry of health running his very known beauty clinic the Monette Ansley Clinic in Malaysia, these two methods are the most effective methods to cure baldness.
Hair loss treatment by mesenchymal stem cell technique
Researchers and doctors spent a lot of their time making efforts to find a long-lasting therapy and treatment for hair loss and found mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant. As compared to other techniques, mesenchymal stem cells not only stops the hair loss but reverse the effects of baldness.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell use for hair transplantation
The main reason for using mesenchymal stem cells as hair transplantation therapy is the characteristics of mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal Stem cells can regenerate and can grow into any cell in the body. They can also help in healing by repairing, dividing, and replacing damaged tissues.
Which type of baldness can be treated using mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant?
With the use of mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant technique male baldness, female baldness, frontal fibrosing alopecia, and critical alopecia can be treated.
Mesenchymal Stem cell hair transplant procedure:
- A sample containing stem cells is collected from baby umbilical cord (Wharton jelly).
- After collecting mesenchymal stem cells, the suspension is done in a centrifuge machine and then this suspension is injected into the affected area of the scalp.
- To avoid any allergy patients are advised to consult their doctor prior to any treatment.
Any side effects, recovery, and success rate of mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant:
There are no side effects proven by any studies. Sometimes some patients may suffer from a little bit of itching and headache which may last for a few hours. While talking about success rate, no doubt this technique is new in the game of curing baldness but according to studies 30-40% hair growth is expected after transplant if the transplant is done right.
Comparison of Mesenchymal Stem cell vs. other hair transplant techniques:
You might be thinking that how mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant is different from other techniques? So the answer is that in mesenchymal stem cell hair transplant only mesenchymal stem cells are extracted from the donor area without affecting the donor area. While in other techniques hair follicles are removed rendering the donor area.
Hair loss treatment by PRP (Platelet-rich plasma)
This is a technique which is most likely to stem cell hair transplant. Before discussing this treatment I would like to tell about platelets. Platelets are the components of blood and promote healing and stop blood loss when a person gets an injury or wound.
What is PRP? In PRP blood samples from the patient, the body is taken and kept in a centrifuge machine that separates platelets from the blood. Then these platelets are injected at the affected area which speeds up tissue repair. There are a lot of proteins and growth factors involved in PRP that speed up tissue repair.
Is PRP is effective? Because a huge type of baldness is due to damage of hair follicles so PRP can be really an effective method in curing for baldness.
According to research done in 2019 in which about 460 patients were tested using PRP and their results were very satisfying. PRP is a really effective method in curing alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia.
The time period for treatment by PRP and side effects:
As compared to other techniques PRP is a little bit long procedure depending upon the patient's conditions and after seeing the results of the first treatment. Usually, an injection is required in 3-6 months once the hair loss got controlled. If we talk about the side effects then the are no severe side effects in PRP because the blood is taken from the same person and injected to the same person, except a little headache and itching.
Gold Standard of treatment will be combination of mesenchymal stem cell with PRP.
The bottom line is that if you want to grow your hair well and want to end your baldness come with a proper plan, be consistent, and for any treatment or surgery contact with a specialist doctor before doing any treatment by yourself.