Online, I saw a clinic offering stem cell injections for hair loss. The clinic can either: extract fatty tissue from my stomach, remove the stem cells from the fat, and inject them into my scalp; or remove some donor tissue from my scalp and “multiply” the follicle stem cells and inject them back into the scalp. Are these methods valid? Should I treat my hair loss with stem cell injections?
As of now, any hair loss treatment involving stem cell injections is purely experimental. What’s more, these treatments are experimental for a reason; stem cells are powerful, rapidly changing cells, and possess serious adverse effects. Some of the unintended consequences of stem cells include abnormal cell growth, immune system issues, and even cancer. This is one of the many reasons why stem cells must be researched and carefully studied before used as a medical treatment.
This is also why stem cells injections are currently not a recommended hair loss treatment. Opposed to trusted treatments, like minoxidil (Rogaine), finasteride (Propecia), and hair transplant surgery, stem cell injections have not been evaluated and proven safe and effective. Altogether, this leads to one very important conclusion: stem cells injections are not recommended for the treatment of hair loss at this point in time. We may soon see a day where stem cell therapies are safe and even commonplace; however, we have not yet reached this day.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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