Follicular Stem Cell Treatments: A Future for Hair Restoration

Hair restoration surgery comes in many forms. Follicle stem cell treatments are the cutting edge. While a growing method within hair restoration, however, the most effective route today are still surgical procedures. Follicular Unit Extractions or FUE methods are drastically improving and Dr. Cole's namesake Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®) even allows for a follicular generation in donor areas. Take-home treatments like Rogaine and Propecia, meanwhile, enable patients to retain their hair and grow more of it. While effective, follicular stem cell treatments, genomic treatments that literally spur hair growth on a cellular level, may soon displace hair restoration procedures and take-home treatments alike.

Follicle stem cell treatments for hair loss, thus far, are for the most part unknown. The vast majority of the world's foremost leaders in hair restoration are dedicating themselves to three different areas: improving current surgical techniques, improving utensils or tools for those techniques, or creating new surgical techniques. Such innovations are making their mark, though some are less beneficial to the patient than others. FUE machines, for example, are faster than CIT® but far less exact and leave less room for artistry.

Dr. Cole is one of the only current hair restoration experts researching follicle stem cell treatments and other genomic treatments as an alternative to current day practices. There are several patient benefits to pursuing this route:

  • Non-invasive: Genomic treatments, if research is any indication, work as topical solutions.
  • Radical improvements in hair health: Genomic treatments do not merely improve growth or diameter -they reconfigure follicles to grow terminal hair or the type of hair that usually grows on top of the head.
  • Convenient: Patients, ideally, should be able to apply genomic solutions at home at their own convenience.
  • More affordable: Genomic treatments may require research but, all in all, they should be radically more affordable than manual hair transplant procedures.
  • More equitable: Different types of hair are harder to restore than others: genomic treatments make this into a non-issue

Such promise is what drives Forhair and a few other organizations to continue researching these exciting new branches of hair restoration. Most significantly, follicle stem cell treatments and genomic treatments even the gap between male and female hair loss.

Folliclular Stem Cell Treatments: A Future Solution for Female Hair Thinning

Females' hair typically thins differently than males'. Instead of large swaths actually becoming bald, female hair loss is disparate and happens in the middle section of the crown. By the time it becomes noticeable hair restoration procedures are minimally effective and requires certain hairstyles.

Popular treatments like Propecia and Rogaine do effect females...but not to the same extent of males. Male pattern baldness pertains more to testosterone than age. A DHT blocker, Propecia literally limits the conversion of testosterone into hair loss androgens. The reason Rogaine is effective, meanwhile, is inexplicable but physicians believe it increases circulation to the scalp. Nonetheless, it is also less effective for females.

Follicle stem cell treatments and genomic treatments may be the gateway that makes hair restoration innately more equitable. Of course, follicle stem cell treatments are also still under scrutiny and require more research to confirm if all follicle stem cell treatments and genomic treatments will affect males and females equally.

The Precedent of Follicular Stem Cell Treatments

Follicle stem cell treatments are at the forefront of hair restoration. As such, there is very little research surrounding it. There are some, however. The first major breakthrough came in 1998 when a team of Columbia University scientists discovered a gene partially responsible for hair loss. They appropriately called the gene "hairless" because of all its connection to a severe form of hairlessness that originates from birth and relates to follicle stem cells.

Since then a lot of research has gone into WNT signaling, an advanced cellular pathway that regulates a number of bodily functions. This including hair growth. Since then, a number of studies have indicated that effecting genomic WNT pathways within or near follicle stem cells can, in fact, lead to healthier and thicker hair. Follicle stem cell treatments will most likely continue focusing on WNT pathways and their functions.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP)

Alternate from follicle stem cell treatments, and already available on the market are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) genomic treatments. Made from the patient's own blood, this serum contains a number of cytokines and growth factors that help stimulate and nourish follicles.

Not a follicle stem cell treatment per se, PRP is among the first genomic treatments to at least activate hair growth on a cellular level. Patients require injections every month to six weeks unless in combination with ACell, an extracellular matrix that fosters cell structures in wounds. Then these genomic treatments are effective for upwards of a year.

Dr. Cole is also conducting research on how to further improve PRP genomic treatments. While beneficial, most serums also include a lot of unnecessary mass. This both reduces the amount of effective material and may very well make that material less efficient: the body must put energy into processing whatever mass it receives. Dr. Cole's research has led to an advanced form of PRP called Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP). This genomic serum is a concentrate six to eight times more potent than PRP and the results show. Patients enjoy a 99% growth within 4 ½ months rather than 100% growth in 12 months.

Such results make CRP genomic treatments particularly ideal for patients recuperating from hair transplant therapy. The effects of this new concentrate also indicate that follicle stem cell and other genomic treatments become more potent, and easier to absorb, with a greater focus on growth factors and cytokines. We do not know if follicle stem cell treatments will ever reach a maximum peak of how much growth factors the body can absorb. However, we will find out as follicle stem cell treatments become more potent.

Follicular Stem Cell Infusions: The Potential Future of Hair Restoration

New research is indicating that follicular stem cell suspensions both encourage faster and thicker growth while also increasing hair count. This is a first. The procedure involves collecting tissue from biopsies and then isolating the stem-cell containing areas from other adipose. Research indicates that injections containing these stem cells encourage overall hair thickness anywhere from 34% to 24%. We suspect that this happens regardless of the patient's sex, further evening access to hair restoration between males and females.

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Hello - Is there a timeline as to when Dr. Cole may be offering the follicular stem cell treatment as a non-transplant treatment option (i.e. for people who don't have an FUE done)? Or will it be in research for awhile yet?

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Yes, Ryan. The follicle stem cell treatment is available now also as a standalone treatment. It is a minimally invasive procedure. The procedure consists of Dr. Cole harvest 10-15 grafts. We then separate the stem cells from the bulb. The treatment repopulates the stem cells in the area. Follicles notice an improvement in density. It is anti-aging for hair treatment. As your follicle cycles from the anagen to the telogen phase, the stem cell population reduces. This is caused by the production of t cells during the cycling process. The t cells attack the stem cells. The population of stem cells regress after each cycle. This process is known as miniaturization. The stem cell treatment will repopulate the stem cells in the area. Thus, prolonging the life of your hair, and improve the coverage of each individual follicle.

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Thanks for the response!

So which standalone treatment has the best results-- the CRP which Dr. Cole has been doing, or this new follicle stem cell treatment?

Does Dr. Cole recommend (or prefer) one over the other? (Again for someone who would not have FUE procedure, just one of these standalone treatments).

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Good Question. In my opinion, the best is to use a combination of the treatments including WNT Act and Topical Finasteride, it might be more expensive but there is no problem treating them together. Not all products are equal for each individual so you can perhaps try a treatment and if it's not working for you move to the other. It's best to get a free online consultation first just to evaluate your hair and degree of hair loss, that way Dr. Cole can give you a better suggestion.
I will ask Dr. Cole for his opinion on this matter and will let you know.

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New research is indicating that follicular stem cell suspensions both encourage faster and thicker growth while also increasing hair count?
Can you briefly explain about human autologous hair follicle suspension procedure and preparation?
In patients with hair loss localized to the frontal and parietal regions, HFSCs injections were delivered exclusively to the frontal scalp while placebo injections (i.e., physiological saline) were injected in the parietal regions.

Check out this website: startstemcells. com/

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Wow! Great article! Stem cell hair transplant is similar to a traditional hair transplant. But rather than removing a large number of hairs to transplant in the area of hair loss, a stem cell hair transplant removes a small skin sample from which hair follicles are harvested.

The follicles are then replicated in a lab and implanted back into the scalp in the areas of hair loss. This allows hair to grow where the follicles were taken from, as well as where they’re transplanted.
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Hi, is this similar to Regenera Activa ?

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I am considering stem cell treatment, although I am concerned that I keep seeing bad press for Swiss Medica, has anyone tried Poseidonia Healthcare in Cyprus? They use Stemaid Stem Cells, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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We don't know this clinic and it is not our job to comment on other clinics, All we can do is suggest you to make your research. It is recommended to pick a clinic that is trusted and listed on the IAHRS website:

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I was wondering if there is any data on the 'youthfulness' of the hair after treatment? For example if exomes or prp can regenerate a resting or dorment follicle into some sort of hair production, or strengthen a weak follicle into stronger growth, does it follow that the actual quality of the hair might be 'better' perhaps glossier, or even with less grey and regenerated natural pigment?

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