Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Regrowth in McLean, Richmond and Virginia Beach
Stem cells are the foundation for every organ and tissue in your body.
Stem cells are defined by 2 properties: First, they can self-regenerate
or self-renew themselves and divide, giving rise to more stem cells of
the same kind. Second, they have the unique ability to develop into different
types of cells. Therefore, they are called Pluripotent or Multipotent
Progenitor Cells because they have this potential to develop into different
cell types. It is the environment, or the tissue in which they are placed
which ultimately determines what types of cells they will develop into.
Stem cells can mature into various cells, tissues and organs of: Ectoderm
(skin, nervous tissue), Mesoderm (cartilage, fat, bone) or Endoderm (muscle,
Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells
Stem cells can be categorized into 2 broad types of cells:
- Adult Stem Cells.
Under these two types are different classes of stem cells. Embryonic stem
cells are from embryos. These are derived from the early embryonic tissue
and there is, of course, much controversy concerning ethical and moral
issues for their use. Fetal or Umbilical stem cells are from the umbilical
cords of newborns. They possess a unique regenerative potential and serve
as a rich source of undifferentiated stem cells. Amniotic tissues have
been described as immune privileged because they rarely evoke an immune
response in the human body.
Autologous stem cells refer to those stem cells, which are obtained and
given back to the same individual. They are the individuals’ own
stem cells. These are the Adult Stem Cells, which are found in many tissue
types. They act as the repair system of the body, replenishing and maintaining
the bodys’ organs and tissues. Adult stem cells can be found in
Peripheral Blood. Stem cells in Bone Marrow have been used in medicine
for many years with miraculous results. However, stem cells in a persons’
bone marrow decrease in numbers with an increase in the person’s
age. Another very rich source of adult stem cells is from a persons’
own Fat Cells. Research has shown that there are 2,000 times more stem
cells in the same amount of fat as compared to bone marrow. A simple,
minimally invasive liposuction procedure is performed in order to obtain
the stem cells. Fat cells collected through a small liposuction procedure
will yield, on average, 60 million stem cells.
Innovative surgeons today are using stem cell harvesting and administration.
In the near future stem cells will serve as the treatment of choice for
many medical conditions. These surgeons are combining
PRP (platelet rich plasma) taken from a persons’ blood sample and combining it with the acquired
stem cells, because the PRP contains a multitude of
Growth Factors and Cytokines needed for the regeneration process of healing. In any healing process,
there is a sequence which the body follows in order to heal itself. The
first place is called the inflammation phase. This is where all the inflammatory
factors initiate the cascade of the healing process. This is then followed
by the regenerative phase where the platelets supply the growth factors
and proteins called cytokines which signal for the body’s own stem cells.
So the platelets by their growth factors and signaling cytokines help stimulate
the stem cells, triggering the healing cascade new blood growth, collagen
synthesis, new growth and new tissue regeneration.
Stem cell science shows much promise for the future treatment for a wide
range of conditions and diseases. In the field of plastic and cosmetic
surgery, examples include stem cells for hair growth, face lift, breast
augmentation, acne, buttocks enhancement, penile enlargement, and anti-aging
therapies. Stem cells for orthopedic conditions are showing amazing results
and are well known for sports injuries and even advanced osteoarthritis.
They are used for the knees, shoulders, hip, elbows, ankles, and back
offering the possibility of eliminating the need for joint replacement
surgery. Stem cells are helping general medical conditions such as congestive
heart failure, heart attacks, lung and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
neurological diseases and diabetes.
If you have any questions about how stem cell therapy can help benefit
contact Virginia Surgical Hair Center today at (888) 764-9400. We have convenient locations in McLean, Richmond and