Hair fall is an issue that most of us feel difficult to deal with. There can be a single or multiple triggers for hair fall, which generally go unnoticed by the normal eye. Nevertheless, hair fall can be a depressing and haunting to your self-image. The solution? New age hair transplant treatments like the QR678 to restore the crowning glory.
Traditional hair transplant is actually an invasive procedure whereas less invasive and non-surgical hair regrowth treatments and do not require you to stay in the medical facility for days. Traditional medical treatments are known to stop hair fall but they do not promote hair regrowth. Stem cell is one of the under research treatment methods that stimulates the regrowth of hair follicles for denser and natural looking hair.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body and they have the unique ability to develop into different types of cells found in body. They can divide and renew themselves as stem cells or become another types of cells. Researchers believe that there unique characteristic gives them the ability to repair the tissues and follicles. Stem cells are found in the middle of the hair follicle and they ensure that there is a continuous supply of cells. Stem cell hair transplant therapy harvests their ability to regrow hair in the blading parts of the scalp.
Why use stem cells?
Since stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body and are therefore very safe and run a very low risk of infection reaction or rejection .
Stem cell therapy for hair loss: How does the treatment work?
Human hairs have three growth phases and they grow out of the follicles present in the scalp. The follicles act as the power, energy and nutrient storehouse for the hair. Hair loss happens when the testosterone is transformed into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT causes the follicles to shrink and as a result the hair starts to become thinner and shorter. Damaged hair follicles prevent the growth of new hair. Also as we age the hair follicles tend to shrink and stop responding to the natural new growth stimulators leading to hair thinning and loss. The hairs at the back of the scalp and around the ears are immune to the effect of DHT and therefore hair loss is less apparent in those areas.
Some research has shown that stem cells, when taken from the DHT resistant hairs help form the new healthy follicles. Stem cells , when injected in the hair follicles can stimulate the growth of new cells thus promoting the growth of new follicles and hair Stem cell therapy for hair loss exists only on paper at the moment and the process is still under research. However, some clinics are offering stem cell treatments to regenerate the shrunken follicles for growing healthy hair.
The inherent characteristics of stem cells are believed to have the following properties
- Scaffolding injected in the scalp helps the hair grow in right direction by orienting the follicles in the right direction.
- Improve the quality and texture of hair
- No side effects of the treatment. It takes about six sittings of the therapy (depending on the amount and stage of hair loss).
- Stemming hair fall completely in the treated area
What can stem cell therapy treat?
- Male pattern Baldness (male androgenetic alopecia)
- Female pattern baldness (Androgenetic alopecia)
- Cicatricle alopecia
Stem cell therapy for hair fall treatment: The process
Stem cell therapy for hair fall is an outpatient procedure. There are two main steps to the process. In the first step a punch biopsy is performed to extract the stem cells from the healthy part are the skin with healthy hair follicles . This is done using a circular blade like instrument that is rotated over the skin to remove the tissue. The tissue is then spun through a centrifuge to separate the stem cells. The separated stem cells are then processed in the lab where they multiply in folds. For example if the physician has extracted around 500 hair follicles they can multiple for up to 1 lack of healthy hair.
In the second step of the process the balding area of the scalp is cleaned and disinfected and the extracted stem cells are injected in the area. The physician will then cover the area of your scalp and you can go home to await the results. This process lets the hair to grow from follicles where they were taken from and as well as where they are transplanted.
The results of stem cell therapy for hair transplant
The results vary from person to person depending on their genetic makeup, age, amount of hair loss etc. Stem cell therapy is still in its nascent stages and awaits the FDA approval but can be used as an Investigational new drug application. There has been 29% success rate. Stem cell therapy can help treat alopecia in people suffering from Thyroid imbalances, effects of chemotherapy, dermatitis, fungal infection and stress.
In a recent study stem cell hair therapy has also shown promising results in filling colour in grey hair. It is predicted that stem cell therapy will be available for use by the year 2020.
The Esthetic Clinics is the only institution in India approved by DCGI and CDSCO to conduct clinical trials and medicinal tests in dermatology, cosmetic surgery, and plastic surgery. Dr Debraj Shome and Dr Rinky Kapoor of The Esthetic Clinics have developed QR678 growth factor for hair growth. QR678
- Uses multiple growth factors for long lasting results and a natural hair growth
- Is the only minimally invasive hair treatment method that has received both US and India Patent
- Is an FDA approved method for treating hair fall
- Can be used with other medication to synergise hair regrowth
- Has had more than 2000 successful trials and has benefited over 5000 patients suffering from hair fall because of various reasons
- Show quicker results and there are virtually no side effects