Exosomes PRP Hair Restoration: The New and Improved Hair Loss Treatment
In today’s world, hair loss is one of the biggest and most worrisome concerns amongst both men as well as women, all around the world! While, hair loss, and a receding hairline is traditionally an issue amongst males, it has, in all reality effected many women as well – however, they were often too afraid to voice such concerns to others, including their doctors. And the issue is that there are truly very few methods for non-surgical, injectable hair loss treatment – despite the fact that it seems that more methods are currently out there on the horizon. One fairly common option in recent years has definitely been PRP hair restoration, a method that entails the drawing up of a patient’s blood and isolating the platelet rich plasma component which is then re-injected into the patient’s scalp. PRP is enriched for growth factors which can stimulate hair follicle growth. In many patients, PRP injection can help promote hair growth. It works best in patients who have thinning (or miniaturized hairs) – allowing those somewhat damaged hair follicles the chance to improve over time. While there is evidence that it can enhance the presence of dormant hair follicles, that may have stopped growing, allowing them to grow again – it can rarely take a non-existent hair follicle and bring it back completely from the dead. In recent memory, another fairly common option has been the use of a procedure known as microneedling, which involves using a skin roller with small needles to cause minor injuries in the skin. The growth factors released to heal these injuries have shown positive but variable results in the treatment of hair loss. Enter Exosomes, minute extracellular vesicles that carry messenger RNA, micro RNA and proteins, including growth factors.
While these methods have certainly shown their fair share of promise amongst both male and female patients, there is a method known as exosome PRP hair restoration that has many individual’s hopeful of being able to finally put an end to their balding or thinning hair follicles. The use of exosomes in the treatment of hair loss is relatively brand new, and has shown quite a bit of promise within the early stages – showing fairly solid results amongst certain individual patients. However, the procedure of exosomes PRP hair restoration has yet to have been investigated in formalized clinical trials yet, which are the gold standard for rigorous testing of new medical treatments. Exosomes are derived from the mesenchymal stem cells that are present in a bone marrow of a human donor. Companies such as Direct Biologics have developed technologies to harvest a large number of exosomes from mesenchymal stem cells from human donors. Although exosomes are considered an acellular material, the tissue donors are tracked and screened for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
The method for action when it comes to exosomes is fairly straightforward, as they target the existing stem cells within your scalp. The stem cells that are present along your scalp are mostly located within an area known as the “bulge area”. An area along the head where your hair follicles and their activation can result in the overall improved growth of existing mini hair cells as well as the growth of new hair. Those surgeons who are known to perform hair transplant surgery are fairly well known for the use of exosomes PRP hair restoration injections, following the actual transplant of hair. This is known to allow the newly added transplant to “take” much better within the scalp, while ensuring that the hair follicle is accepted by the scalp in its new region. This also helps to improve blood flow to the region of the newly transplanted hair, and helps to give it a better chance to grow and succeed in its new spot – ensuring both a quicker onset of the hair follicle as well as a more robust overall hair growth than PRP (platelet rich plasma). In addition, one of the most amazing things surgeon’s have seen are certain anecdotal results of hair growth in completely bald scalps, a feat previously not achieved with other injectable hair loss treatments. There are still many aspects regarding the practical use of exosomes that need to be worked out, including how many injections are necessary – as well both the short- and long-term efficiency of the use of exosomes, this will also include any possible negatives or side effects that may follow their use. Once more expansive testing and clinical trials are completed, we will certainly know more – but so far, the use of exosomes PRP hair restoration has been quite effective at its current scale. For more information on all manners of PRP hair restoration, and other treatments, be sure to contact Dr. Richard Swift today.