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Adult Derived Stem Cell Therapy as a Non-surgical Hair Loss Treatment
The Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-Orange County Hair Restoration offers a variety of hair loss treatments for hair loss in men and women. We are located in Orange County, California along the beautiful Newport and Laguna Beach coast. Our facility is the first dedicated full time hair restoration facility on the west coast to offer stem cell therapy from cells that are derived from the fat cells of our adult patients. From the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) of the extraction process, these stem cells are rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors. Our medical director and founding surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, offers our hair loss patients the most sophisticated FDA approved stem cell device for obtaining adult stem cells from the fat cells of patients.
We specialize in hair loss and provide surgical and non-surgical treatment to men and women who suffer from hair loss. In addition to providing non-surgical adult derived stem cells (ADSC), we also advocate proven medical therapies such as minoxidil, DHT blockers, Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT), A Cell, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
As not all patients and their hair loss condition are the same, it is important to consult with our physician if you are interested in commencing the ideal treatment program for hair growth that is right for you.
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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.
There are primarily three types of stem cells used for treatments: embryonic, umbilical, and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos. Embryonic stem cell therapy is burdened with ethical and political issues. We do NOT use embryonic stem cells. Umbilical therapy is difficult and labor intensive.
At the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration we only use adult stem cells derived from the patient’s own body fat cells. Adult stem cells exist throughout the body and are most abundant (and accessible) in the abdominal fat.
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that maintain and repair tissues. Stem cells are unique in that they have the potential to develop into many different types of cells. In tissue and hair regeneration, stem cells induce changes, behavior, or differentiation of adjacent cells by Paracrine signaling. Stem are injected into the scalp and are believed to exert a paracrine effect by inducing hair cells to become more active.
Stem cell therapy is the process of isolating adult stem cells from abdominal fat and reintroducing them into the body where they can do the most good. The process begins with extracting a few ounces of fat from the patient in a “mini” liposuction procedure. Once the fat is removed, the stem cells are isolated utilizing the state-of-the-art Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge.
Once isolated, the stem cells are then re-introduced to the body for more localized treatments. Some offices may treat patients with local treatments in the knee, shoulder and other joints. Stem cells can also be applied to the face, neck and scalp using a micro-needle system to give you a more healthy and youthful look. The treatments are outpatient procedures conducted in a sterile environment in your doctor’s office utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Under sedation and local anesthesia, the process is relatively painless and safe with minimal downtime.
Stem cell therapy may improve a variety of conditions. Current use of stem cell therapy have shown significant improvement in:
Stem cell therapy patients have also reported higher energy levels, better sleep and overall improved quality of life. No treatment can be guaranteed, and outcomes will vary from patient to patient.
The “mini” liposuction only takes about 20 minutes. Once the fat has been extracted, the patient can relax or sleep while the stem cells are isolated.
You may have small “punch” marks that look similar to small moles. Following the procedure careful care will help minimize the scar tissue
Following your liposuction, the medical staff will isolate your stem cells while you wait. Most patients will sleep during this time.
Utilizing the CENTRIcyte 1000 Centrifuge, the medical staff will perform four separate steps to isolate your stem cells. The process is completely closed and sterile for your health and safety.
The Healeon Medical CENTRIcyte 1000 is one of few devices to be FDA registered for stem cell isolation using the Zuk methodology of stem cell separation.
Once your stem cells have been isolated, your physician will reintroduce them into your body with an intravenous mix of saline and stem cells. If you have elected local application, you physician will inject stem cells directly into the areas of concern. Application to the face, neck and scalp for cosmetic purposes may also occur at this time.
Most patient procedures will be complete within 3 hours.
Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be able to go home immediately following completion of the procedure.
No, most patients will need someone to drive you home because in office sedation that is given allows you to relax while the procedure is performed. You are not allowed to drive while using medications that cause sedation.
Many patients are able to go back to work on the following day. However, you may be sore for about a week following the procedure. We ask you to refrain from excessive exercise for at least a week.
Individual ailments vary and the outcome of stem cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. For hair restoration patient, it may take several months to see any results. Stem cell therapy for hair loss is very new and no or little published literature exists confirming its efficacy. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any stem cell treatment. Each patient is different and results will vary.
We don’t know at this point in clinical research. Results will vary from patient to patient depending on the degree of hair loss and the natural variation in isolated cells.
Currently all procedures utilizing stem cells to treat specific ailments are considered investigational. 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 all stem cell therapies fall within the FDA regulations for transferring tissue.
No. Your stem cells are simply isolated from your fat and reintroduced to your body. Your stem cells are not manipulated or modified in any way.
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. This procedure is typically used for those patients who are not surgical candidates because they are too young, or are in the early phase of hair loss. Women who suffer from hair loss are also good candidates when hair surgery is not desired or if not enough donor hair exists for hair transplantation.
Men and Women with hair loss undergo the procedure in our office as an outpatient. Autologous stem cells from the patients own fat is used for the procedure. It is a safe and easy procedure to experience. First the patient undergoes a small procedure in which fat cells are removed from the abdomen or hip region under local anesthesia. It is done under tumescence anesthesia. The fat is then processed in a special device that separates out the stem cells from the fat. The stem cells are then injected in the scalp under local anesthesia.
Photographs documenting the increase in hair counts after Stem cell therapy
(All photos courtesy Fukuoka, American Journal of
Cosmetic Surgery 2012, 29(4): 273-282)
39 year old male patient before and after photographs
after three sessions of stem cell treatment
36 year-old male patient before and after photographs
after six sessions of stem cell therapy
55 year old female patient before and after photographs
after four sessions of stem cell therapy
66 year old female before and after photographs
after one session of stem cell therapy