Hair loss affects nearly 56 million people in the United States. Four surgeons are trying to change that. Currently, a new clinical study is testing stem cell treatments in a non-surgical procedure. Overseas trials in Japan and Egypt are already showing signs of success.
With current hair loss procedures, hair transplants only move hair around the head. If you run out of hairs, surgery can’t do much in helping regrow hair in dead follicles. This new treatment with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma may be a cure for baldness.
Dr. Kenneth Williams, one of the surgeons that are part of this study, explains the process as using cells that are in our body to help regenerate or stimulate inactive or dormant hair follicles. Fat is taken from the abdomen then emulsifies and separates it from the stem cells. Then they mix it with the patient’s own plasma. This mixture is then injected into the scalp twice over a 3-month period.
Dr. Williams plans to publish his results in two years. He estimates that it will take 9 to 12 months after administration to see results.
We are excited to see how successful this type of treatment can be!