One of the hair loss treatments used by AZ Hair Restoration in Raleigh, NC is exosome therapy. This advanced method is clinically proven to help both men and women regenerate and regrow hair. The best candidates are those in the earliest stages of hair loss. Learn more about exosome therapy for hair loss and set your consultation appointment with AZ Hair Restoration today.
What are exosomes?
Exosomes are extracellular vesicles that help cells communicate. They are made by mesenchymal stem cells. When exosomes send messaging signals to cells, those receiving cells change their behavior according to the message.
As part of your hair regrowth treatment, you receive exosome cells extracted from donated human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells. Before using them, a specialized lab puts these cells through a process to purify them.
Exosomes are microscopic. They are very agile, so the tiny messengers remain well-hidden in the bloodstream, which carries them where even cells cannot travel. Inside each exosome are beneficial growth factors that come from stem cells and provide multiple benefits.
How does exosome therapy for hair loss work?
Exosome therapy for hair loss takes place in your hair restoration surgeon’s office at AZ Hair Restoration. You receive injections and, if the therapy works for you, can expect to start seeing natural hair growth in eight to 12 weeks. This new growth continues improving for a year with the best improvement seen at the six month point.
Exosome injections usually take place in one or more sessions. These sessions typically occur about six to eight months apart or longer. Your doctor evaluates your needs and results, to determine an individualized treatment plan.
Before receiving your injections, you should do a few things to ensure the best results. For three days prior to your injections and three weeks after, do not use any aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or other NSAIDs. Drink plenty of fluids for the 24 hours before your treatment. Ensure you eat breakfast on the day of your appointment.
After your procedure, you may feel some tenderness in the treatment area. But you can go home after your injections and take a shower. You may also go back to work or resume your regular daily routine.
In each vial used for hair loss, you receive about 400 billion exosomes or more. This proves quite enough to work for individuals responsive to the therapy. The exosomes stay in your body for six to eight months after your treatment. Also, by this point, you should see the results of your exosome therapy for hair loss. Patients with alopecia areata are among those showing great results.
You can also combine your treatment with some other forms of hair restoration. Talk to your hair loss specialist about products like finasteride or minoxidil, also called Propecia and Rogaine.
Is this therapy safe?
Exosomes used by AZ Hair Restoration come from donors in the United States. A specialized lab processes these samples according to the high standards of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Few countries, if any, have higher standards for sampling and processing tissues, including exosomes.
Donations only come from approved sources that go through extensive screening. This serological screening approved by the FDA includes:
- Pre-collection donor consent
- Hepatitis B surface antigen, HBsAG
- The Hepatitis B core antibody, HBcAb
- Hepatitis C antibody, HCV
- HIV nucleic acid test, HIV 1/11-Ab
- HCV nucleic acid test, HCV NAt
As you can see from the above list, this means each sample is free of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. The package in which your vials ship to your hair restoration surgeon includes documentation for all of this testing and the results.
Also, many patients wonder whether exosomes can cause cancer growth. No large, direct studies show cancer grows more rapidly or appears after the injection of exosomes or stem cells. However, studies do show that stem cells actually work to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
In fact, studies today use stem cells to fight cancer and testing the quality of these cells for that purpose. So you can rest easy knowing that exosome therapy for hair loss does not help cancer form or grow.