Stem Cell Hair Loss Treatment Finds Success among Alopecia Areata Patients
Biostem US Corporation, a regenerative medicine company, announced the results of a two-year study on stem cell hair loss treatment for Alopecia Areata.
The stem cell treatment, developed by Biostem, is known as "The Biostem Method." It includes a combination of the patients own blood, utilization of growth factors, laser treatments for bio-photo stimulation, and a nutraceutical designed to stimulate hair follicle growth.
The Biostem Method uses the patients' own blood which is processed to become Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a concentration of the body's own cells which contain healing and growth factors. PRP treatments have already been used and found successful in soft tissue repair in notable athletes such as Tiger Woods and Terrell Owens.
"We are very encouraged by these positive results and our ability to help the large number of men and women experiencing hair loss," said John Satino, president of Biostem,Satino. "Biostem will continue to improve the process, and expand its availability to licensed medical practitioners through a license and affiliate program to be available in the next few months."
The treatment must be performed at a well-equipped clinic, while the nutraceutical supplements, which are an essential part of the process, can be obtained separately from the company, Satino said.
Earlier in 2009, a blog published in Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration detailed the success of a method that used hair cloning therapy to treat alopecia areata. The study was conducted by Marwa Fawzi, a dermatologist at the University Of Cairo Faculty Of Medicine, who used stem cells from the scalps of eight children with alopecia areata to regenerate their own hair.
Six months after the hair cloning treatment, the results showed 50 percent increase in hair in more than half of the subjects. One of them, an 8-year-old boy, grew nearly a full head of hair after being almost completely bald before treatment.
After being convinced of the results, Dr. Fawzi analyzed the new skin samples on the head and examined the hair follicles themselves and found that the injected stem cells had migrated into the follicles. There, the stem cells stimulated the follicles to transition from a dormant phase to a hair-generating phase.
Following the success of this treatment in alopecia areata, Dr. Fawzi had predicted that stem cells treatment could also be used in treating male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.