Stem Cell Treatments for Hair Loss
Can I inject eyebrows with Stem Cell?
Yes. Thinned out eyebrows can be injected with Stem Cells. The protocol is slightly different than Stem Cell injections for the scalp. Please see Dr. Behnam for a consultation for more details.
Are there clinical studies showing the efficacy of Stem Cells for hair loss?
complications, and easy to isolate via non-invasive methods.”
The source of the stem cells, the umbilical cord, gets processed immediately in the hospital according to a protocol created by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Around 4 weeks before an already scheduled caesarean section, the mother is asked if she would prefer to keep and store her unborn child’s umbilical cord for herself. If she declines then she is given the option to donate it. If she agrees, there is an informed consent for her to sign and a thorough review of her entire medical history proceeds, including her medical history, social history, and later at the time of delivery, a blood test. If they are considered an acceptable donor according to the rules and restrictions of the AATB, then immediately after the delivery a technician will clamp the umbilical cord, take it to a clean room, remove its contents, and then place it into a collection bag. The umbilical cord blood is then processed at a lab. There, the cells are processed using a proprietary method. A sample is shipped to an independent CLIA lab for sterility testing for fungus, mold, or bacteria. After both lab reports come back as “clean” and pass the various regulatory requirements, the processed umbilical cord stem cells become available for distribution.
No. The company we work with for the stem cells uses only the umbilical cord from a regular healthy birth.
No. Stem cells are NOT able to duplicate themselves in the patient’s body. Stem cells DO have the ability to duplicate themselves in vitro, which means in culture in the lab, but they do NOT duplicate themselves once injected in the body. This is has been a long-held myth that has now been disproved.
Stem cells typically 9 to 12 months.
Yes, allogeneic (taken from another person) stem cells are safe to inject into the body. During the processing of the umbilical cord, the red blood cell components that could potentially cause a negative reaction are filtered out. Additionally, the umbilical cord cells are immature and so they do NOT react in the same way a mature adult cell would.
No. It is ideal for the patient to stop taking NSAIDS for about 3 days prior to the injection and for 3 weeks after. A part of the stem cells’ function is a prostaglandin response which would be inhibited by the NSAIDS. Please note, NSAIDS will NOT destroy the injected cells, just potentially lessen the effects. It is also known that not taking NSAIDS is purely to optimize the final results.
This answer depends on the volume of cells used. VEGF, FGF-2, and SCF may show up as initially more concentrated in PRP but, since there are no live cells, these Growth Factors will only function for their half-life, while the live nucleated cells in umbilical cord cells will continually produce Growth Factors for weeks and possibly even months following their injection.
1. Post organ transplant or on the transplant list
2. Immuno-compromised (as in those with HIV)
3. Those with active flu-like symptoms
4. Pregnant, or those that are trying to become pregnant
1. Active cancer or cancer within the last 5 years
2. Significant food and/or drug allergies (this can typically be overcome by dosing H1 and H2 antagonists along with a non-particulate corticosteroid)
3. Known sensitivity to glycerol (cryopreservant)
4. Children under 12 years old
Currently there exist no large direct studies that can show stem cells do not cause cancer, but there are studies where stem cells have been utilized to treat cancer, and the conclusion from these studies is that since the stem cells work to suppress cancer cells, it is assumed that they will neither help proliferate cancer cells nor cause the formation of cancer cells in the first place.