Stem cell therapy has been hailed as one of the most advanced breakthroughs in regenerative medicine. While the majority of its use has been devoted to life-threatening illnesses and long-term medical disorders, significant studies have also been made on its efficacy in more aesthetic applications, like male pattern hair loss and androgenic alopecia. One increasingly popular method being used to manage these conditions is platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Because of their similarities, many practices have started combining the two treatments.
But how effective is PRP stem cell therapy as a hair restoration procedure? The individual benefits of both treatments can be extremely effective when combined with each other, as they may be able to encourage new hair growth and reinvigorate dormant hair follicles. However, there are some difficulties with these two processes that can make them less desirable as a method of hair restoration treatment.
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Stem cell treatment has been a mainstay of regenerative medicine for many years now and has branched out into different applications, both medical and aesthetic. Fat derived stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, and all types of adult stem cell treatment have given patients plenty of options to explore using stem cells. This can range from short-term benefits to helping the body recover more rapidly from an injury, or a long-term treatment like a stem cell hair transplant to treat conditions like telogen effluvium.
On the other hand, PRP therapy relies on the regenerative capabilities of platelets to trigger the body's natural wound healing response. Normally, this response is only activated in the case of traumatic injury, since the platelets all gather to the injured site to help the body heal. But by extracting the platelets from the blood and condensing them into a concentrated form, a PRP injection can trigger this response without the need for injury.
Combined, these two treatments are extremely effective at helping the body with hair regrowth and regeneration without going through more difficult processes like hair transplantation. Since both of them can effectively trigger the body's cell growth and cell repair responses, their effects complement the other and effectively shorten the time patients need to wait before seeing results.
For hair growth and hair restoration, PRP stem cell treatment may greatly increase the amount of hair density that a patient will gain, and possibly help boost their scalp health for future growth. This can help manage long-running conditions like thinning hair and age-related hair loss, as the treatments don't require a specific age before they stop working. Done early enough, a patient can safely avoid most of the signs of early hair loss.
While effective, two things can make this treatment less accessible to both patients and clinics: the lack of experience required to conduct these treatments and the equipment needed for each procedure.
As one of the foremost innovations in regenerative medicine, both PRP therapy and stem cell treatments require extensive experience and training to conduct on patients. Any misstep during the procedure can have disastrous results at worst and a dissatisfied client at best. Any clinic that's looking to integrate one or both of these services should be certain that they have a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon on staff to conduct them.
Another factor to consider is the necessary certifications and qualifications required by local and federal laws for conducting these procedures. While both of them aren't being applied for medical concerns, the requirements for conducting these procedures are stringent and have rigid oversight. Any failure in carrying out either treatment can result in a loss of an operating license or potential litigation.
The next significant factor to consider is the equipment required for both treatments. Stem cell therapy has become more accessible to cosmetic and medical practices alike for the past few years, but the equipment required to extract and process stem cells may be out of reach for small-to-medium clinics. PRP treatments follow the same issue: while it's technically possible to obtain platelet concentrate with a laboratory centrifuge, highly specialized equipment is still the best method to get a pure PRP serum.
If these considerations aren't met, then the clinic in question would be hard-pressed to justify investing in either stem cell treatments or PRP therapy. Crucially, client expectations and management would also dip if the patient does not have any confidence in the practice's capacity to provide both treatments with successful results. In these cases, it may be best to look for an alternative method to induce hair growth.
Because of the relatively complex preparations needed for stem cell treatment and PRP therapy, these treatments can be well out of the reach of most patients - and outside the skill set of some cosmetic practices. However, some alternatives can be considered outside for hair transplant surgery to address hair thinning, like PEP Growth Factor Products.
Made from a proprietary mix of fibroblast growth factor, copper peptides, and other essential compounds, PEP Factor products act similarly to the wound healing triggers of PRP therapy and stem cell therapy, but without the extensive preparations and need for specialized equipment. PEP Growth Factor products can be easily integrated with a patient's existing skin care and hair care routine without too much trouble or upfront investment.
Consistent use of PEP Growth Factor products may help with managing conditions like androgenetic alopecia and androgenetic alopecia, improving hair density and reducing the likelihood of thinning hair in the future. Since the product works by enriching the scalp, the resulting hair follicle is more robust and resilient against wear and tear, and the skin rejuvenation experienced by the scalp can also help with the overall results.
If the patient isn't responding well to either PRP or stem cell treatments, PEP Growth Factor products may be an easier alternative for them if their only goal is to improve hair appearance. PEP Growth Factor products can also be used as a supplementary treatment to both PRP therapy and stem cell treatment, as it doesn't interfere with the mode of action of either treatment.
Male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss can be easily managed with PRP treatment, as it doesn't require as many resources or effort as a hair transplant. However, clinics must make sure that they have the right equipment and supplies for a PRP injection since stem cell therapy requires both skills and the tools to succeed as a hair loss treatment.
FACE Medical Supply has years of providing high-quality medical tools and supplies for hair regeneration and hair regrowth for cosmetic and medical practices. We help our clients bridge the gap between their needs and the price of the supplies required, which helps them maintain their services without worrying about their bottom line.
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