In the last 10 years, regenerative treatments such as autologous adipose tissue injection, mesenchymal stem cell, Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) and PRP have been widely used in many fields of medicine, either alone or in combination. It is not possible to talk about a one-size-fits-all approach to hair loss treatments. Androgenetic Alopecia is known as the most common cause of hair loss for both men and women. There are two known and used drugs in the treatment of hair loss caused by Androgenetic Alopecia. One of them is Minoxidil and the other is Finasteride. Drugs called Minoxidil and Finasteride are also FDA approved. But both drugs have potential side effects. In addition, studies show that 30% to 50% of patients using this drug for hair loss treatment do not get effective results.
But what about the regenerative side?
Regenerative treatment options, which have started to be applied in the elimination of hair loss problems, offer promising results. The word regenerative means cell repair and cell regeneration in the medical world. Regenerative therapy or therapy involves the approach of healing people with their own cells. Hair PRP is one of the regenerative treatments. In the PRP treatment, which is performed by centrifuging and separating some blood taken from the individuals and injecting the platelet-enriched fluid into the scalp, the cell repair feature of the platelets is utilized. Hair PRP treatment has the ability to reverse this situation in hair loss by miniaturization. PRP tretment stimulates hair follicles and stimulates hair growth. PRP treatment owes its positive effects on hair health to growth factors in platelets and growth hormone.
Autologous fat transfer and Fat Hair transplantation
In hair loss treatments, the autologous fat transfer technique is one of the regenerative approaches that have been applied in recent years, but have been studied for many years. This approach, which also forms the basis of FAT hair transplantation, experimental studies on women and men show that autologous adipose tissue injection offers effective results in the early stages of androgenetic alopecia. Scientists have noted that they are hopeful that these positive developments can also work in cases of alopecia that progresses at more advanced levels, and they accelerated their work in this direction.
What is Autologous Fat Transfer?
Autologous fat transfer is the injection of the person’s own fat cells into the areas desired to be improved. Fat tissues taken from the body are enriched with stem cells and injected into the areas desired to be improved. The healing, reparative and regenerative power of stem cells has inspired the use of autologous fat transfer technique in hair loss treatments and hair transplantation tretaments. It has been observed that the quality of the hair transplantation process increases when the autologous fat transfer technique we perform in FAT hair transplantation and FUE hair transplantation are applied together. The advantages of autologous fat injection applied to the scalp before hair transplantation for FAT Hair transplantation can be listed as follows:
How is Autologous Fat Transfer Applied in FAT Hair Transplantation?
In autologous fat transfer, the fat taken by liposuction is enriched with stem cells and injected into the scalp before hair transplantation. The time between removal and re-injection of fat is very important. The stem cell should not be damaged as much as possible and remain alive. It is possible to obtain more natural, healthier hair in hair transplantation, which is performed with the technique of fat transfer enriched with stem cells.
Studies also show that combined treatments can provide more effective results in solving hair loss and permanent hair loss problems. Apart from the combination of hair transplantation and autologous adipose tissue transfer, PRP and autologous fat transfer can also be applied together and provide effective results. The purpose of using PRP and autologous adipose tissue transfer together is to take advantage of the growth factors and growth hormone of platelets.