Hair Regrowth

Hair loss may seem like a minor issue, but if it’s your hair that’s disappearing, it can loom large. The size of the hair regrowth industry makes it clear just how important a full head of hair is to most men and many women. Over the years, people have tried everything from spray-painting their heads to punching holes in their scalps and filling them with hair plugs. Now, however, it appears that stem cells may hold the best promise of restoring normal hair growth. Here’s what you should know about these stem cell hair regrowth therapies.

What Are Stem Cells?

Most people have learned to equate “stem cells” with the controversies surrounding embryonic stem cells. In fact, stem cells are simply cells in our bodies that have the potential to differentiate into other types of cells. The most basic stem cells are embryonic stem cells. They have not yet differentiated at all – think of them as a blank sheet of paper onto which anything can be printed. Adult stem cells are cells that have already undergone some degree of differentiation, but retain the capacity to specialize further. In fact, stem cells can divide into either more differentiated cells or into exact copies of themselves. If embryonic stem cells are like a blank sheet of paper, adult stem cells are like a blank template – a framework that hasn’t been completely filled out yet.

Where Do They Get Stem Cells?

Scientists and doctors have learned to extract stem cells from many parts of the body. They’re found in bone marrow, in the blood, in urine, in fatty tissue and in the skin. The stem cells used for stem cell hair regrowth treatments are nearly always taken from the patient having his or her hair restored. These are called “autologous” stem cells. Autologous stem cells are actually typically more successful in hair regrowth treatments, and because they’re extracted from the patient’s own body, there’s almost no risk of allergic reaction or rejection of the transplanted cells.

What Do Stem Cells Have to Do with Hair Regrowth?

Hair grows from highly specialized skin cells. Many types of hair loss result from the death of these specialized cells. Researchers are achieving some very interesting – and very successful – results by engineering stem cells in the lab to become hair follicle cells. These cells are then transplanted into areas of the scalp, where they replace damaged cells and generate new growth – as well as new stem cells to continue the process.

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