There are very few hair loss treatments available for women. Currently the only over the counter FDA approved treatment is Rogaine (minoxidil). Rogaine stimulates hair revitalization by locally increasing blood flow to the thinning areas of the scalp. Rogaine is a vasodialator, originally used for patients with high blood pressure. The treatment requires daily application for life and has very limited effectiveness. Other more effective treatments for hair loss like Propecia are not recommended for women and can cause birth defects.
ACell Hair Regrowth Injection Therapy is a ground breaking treatment for both men and women that stimulates hairs that are thinning and growing poorly to grow with more density and vigor.
Acell MatriStem is “porcine urinary bladder matrix,” derived from pig bladder cells, that has proven to be very helpful in wound healing. Wound healing has been at the forefront of research into hair cloning and hair follicle regeneration.
ACell “attacts” adult stem cells to a “wound” and converts them into the progenitor cells that, in the case of hair follicles, actually grow hair. So, the idea is to combine Acell with large amounts of adult stem cells taken from the patient’s own body — which is where the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes in — and then to inject this into the thinning hair areas of the scalp. The hope is that it will send signals to the adult stem cells lurking in the dormant hair follicles and, in essence, wake them up.
Dr. McGrath began treating select patients with a combination of ACell plus Platelet Rich Plasma. The initial results have been very encouraging and we are expanding treatment for both men and women and in combination with hair transplant surgery. This has been particularly exciting for women who until now had few options for treating genetic hair loss.