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Exosome Therapy for Hair Loss: What is It and Is It Safe?

  • Post published:May 18, 2021
  • Post category:Blog

There’s been a lot of development in hair loss treatment recently. One of them involves using exosomes in the treatment. This new form of therapy has been shown to make tremendous results for those who got it and may just be a significant breakthrough for treating hair loss. Also, this could be the hair loss solution you’ve been looking for. In this article, let’s look at what it is, how it works, and what you can expect from the treatment.

The Science Behind Exosome Therapy for Hair Loss
Before learning how this brand new therapy works, it’s important to know what exosomes exactly are. So, exosomes are extracellular vesicles derived from mesenchymal cells which are involved in intercellular communication. If you remember your high school biology, vesicles are the ‘small sacs’ that function for transport, recycling wastes, breaking down excess nutrients and toxic substances, and communication between cells. Well, exosomes are the ones that function for cell-to-cell communication. Basically, it’s how cells talk to each other. But their function does not end there.

Exosomes are stem cell-derived and bring a wide array of growth factors that stimulate the body’s natural regenerative capabilities. They have been clinically shown to help in hair regeneration and regrowth in both men and women. It has also been used for other applications including wound healing, orthopedics, and anti-aging. To date, there have been no complications or side effects reported associated with exosome therapy. So once injected into the scalp, patients will have thicker and healthier hair.

In addition, exosome therapy also has a much quicker onset and more robust hair growth than PRP (platelet-rich plasma). If you’re curious what PRP is, it basically involves getting some of the patient’s blood and isolating the plate-rich plasma and then injecting it back to the patient’s scalp. PRP is also rich in growth factors that stimulate the growth of hair follicles so patients who have experienced hair thinning or bald patches will have fuller hair. However, PRP involves a lot of unnecessary material that the body has to clear away after the procedure. On top of that, the patient’s age and overall health also affect the quantity and the quality of stem cells available. Patients who opt for PRP also need multiple PRP treatments compared to a single treatment with exosome therapy.

Meanwhile, exosomes at Cooley Hair Center are sourced from donated human mesenchymal cells from an FDA-cleared biologics company. With this, a high concentration of exosomes along with the growth factors that come with it is injected into the patient’s scalp. A single vial contains 400 billion exosomes and more than 200 growth factors which have been proven to contribute to healing, regenerate tissues, and of course, regrow and thicken hair.

What to Expect from Exosome Treatment

Compared to PRP, there is no blood draw involved in exosome therapy. This treatment basically involves using local anesthesia with a very tiny needle to numb your scalp. You will only feel a slight sting on your scalp during the anesthetic injection and within just a few minutes, the anesthetic will take into effect. After that, the exosomes are injected into your scalp which you will not feel because your scalp has been numbed by the anesthetic. Patients should expect numbing in their scalp to persist for a number of hours after the procedure. You can resume shampooing and using hair products the next day.

Exosome therapy is also done as a stand-alone treatment compared to PRP which will require patients to undergo multiple treatments. That’s because genetics, overall health, age, and medications affect the duration of the PRP treatment. With exosome therapy, you may be able to see results within 3-6 months’ time. This hair growth can continue throughout the year and the results become most noticeable 6 months after the treatment has been administered. To date, our collective clinical experience with exosome therapy for hair restoration shows more superior results than PRP. Patients should also wait 6-8 months for another session of exosome therapy for re-evaluation.

Who Should Opt for Exosome Therapy?
Exosome therapy works for both men and women. So if you’re experiencing hair loss due to genetics, hormones, medications, stress, or health conditions such as postpartum hair loss, peri-menopausal or post-menopausal hair loss, and Traction Alopecia. Exosome therapy is also for those who don’t want to opt for hair transplantation or just want to try a new treatment aside from PRP.

Is the Treatment Safe?
Yes, Exosome Therapy at Cooley Hair Center is safe. We only use mesenchymal-derived exosomes from an FDA cleared biologics company that takes donated human mesenchymal cells, which are then purified in the laboratory. Donor consent is also taken and all of them also undergo serological screening including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. There have been no adverse effects associated with exosome therapy from its various applications such as orthopedics and anti-aging. However, patients with serious medical conditions and immune-compromised should discuss the matter with their personal doctor first to determine if this treatment is advisable for them.

Are You Sure the Treatment Works?
While Exosome Therapy shows very promising results in hair restoration for men and women, there is still no guarantee that all patients will get the same results. That’s because, like any treatment or procedure, the results will vary from patient to patient. However, preliminary clinical experience with exosome therapy shows promising results for patients hoping for healthier, thicker hair.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Exosome therapy, our doctors at Cooley Hair Center are more than happy to walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you have about the treatment. Our doctors will also be happy to discuss whether this brand new treatment is advisable for you. Schedule a consultation with us today and let our doctors help you bring back the confidence you once had. We serve patients within Charlotte, North Carolina, and surrounding areas.