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Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Restoration Update
The use of Stem Cell Therapy has expanded greatly over the last few years in treating medical disease. As oppose to embryonic cells, the initial stigma of using stem cells has decreased since the discovery of using bone marrow, fat cells, umbilical cord cells, and even skin cells to extract stem cells.
Hair restoration physicians have recently started to use stem cells to treat and stabilize hair loss. Currently all procedures utilizing stem cells to treat specific ailments are considered investigational and no claims of success can be made. However there are more than 3500 clinical studies being conducted for specific applications and all have demonstrated significant promise in ailments that have otherwise been unresponsive to conventional treatments. The procedures are carried out utilizing FDA cleared and registered equipment and stem cell therapies fall within best practices for transferring tissue. For patients not familiar with medicine technicalities, when a procedure is still being researched and not FDA approved, it is known as the proof of concept phase.
A proof of concept (POC) or a proof of principle is a realization of a certain method or idea to demonstrate its feasibility, or a demonstration in principle, whose purpose is to verify that some concept or theory has the potential of being used. A proof of concept is usually small and may or may not be complete.
No treatment can be guaranteed. Results vary from patient to patient. Stem Cell therapy is autologous and safe. It has many demonstrated treatment protocols for numerous medical disorders. Stem cell therapy is new to hair restoration surgery and very little published material is available. Once studies have been conducted, reviewed, and published more material and patient photos will be available to the public. People who wish to view before and after photos are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ken Williams, hair restoration physician & surgeon, at The Irvine Institutue of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery in Irvine, California