The Cooley Hair Center is pleased to announce that Exosome therapy for hair loss is now being offered! We believe this new therapy may be a significant breakthrough in treating hair loss. Early results appear to be even better than PRP/ACell and PRP Plus (with stem cells). To understand why, keep reading….
What are Exosomes?
Exosomes are micro-vesicles, about 1/1000th the size of a normal cell, and are involved in normal intercellular communication. The exosomes in our treatment come from an FDA cleared biologics company that takes donated human mesenchymal stem cells, which are purified in the laboratory. To date, no complications or adverse events have been reported using this product in applications ranging from wound healing, orthopedics, anti-aging, and hair restoration. Mesenchymal derived exosomes are considered by many to be the most exciting new development in regenerative medicine.
The unique benefit of these exosomes is that they are stem cell derived and bring a wide array of growth factors to stimulate the body’s own natural regenerative potential. When injected into the scalp, the result is thicker, healthier hair. In the past, we injected platelets (PRP) and stem cells to thicken hair. This involves introducing a lot of unnecessary material with the goal of including enough of the right ingredients that will find its target. After a PRP or stem cell treatment, the body has to clear away the debris of the unnecessary materials that have been left behind. With Exosome therapy, a much higher concentration of ‘the good stuff’ is injected with far less of the unnecessary materials, providing a more effective procedure. In this way, Exosomes are one step beyond PRP and ‘Stem Cell’ therapy.
The exosomes contain 200+ growth factors that are known to promote healing, regenerate normal tissue, and for our purposes, to thicken hair. These growth factors include VEGF, PDGF, and FGF, which have all been shown to thicken hair. Importantly, MSC derived exosomes have been shown to contain Wnt 3a, which activates the Wnt/βcatenin pathway which is critical for hair regeneration.
What can I expect from Exosome treatment?
We will use local anesthesia to numb up your scalp so you will not feel the actual exosome injections. After the treatment, your scalp may feel numb for several hours. We recommend avoiding heavy exercise for 24 hours following treatment. You may resume normal shampooing and use of styling products the next day.
How many treatments will I need?
We perform the treatment as a stand alone treatment. The initial results become apparent in 3-6 months. Our years of experience with regenerative medicine has shown us that the duration of any singular PRP treatment depends on the patient, their genetics and whether they were taking hair loss medications (e.g. finasteride, minoxidil, etc). So a patient with strong hair loss genetics and not taking medications would require more frequent PRP treatments compared to a patient with mild genetics who was taking medications. Results may vary from patient to patient, as will the duration of benefit. Since the early experience with exosomes is showing results superior to PRP and stem cells, we can surmise that the duration of benefit may be as long or longer.
Are there any contraindications to Exosome therapy for hair loss?
Patients with serious medical conditions (e.g. cancer, immune disorders, infections) should check with their personal doctor about whether this treatment is advisable.
Are there any guarantees?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee exactly how each patient will respond to Exosome therapy for hair loss. Naturally, we would expect some variation from patient to patient. While good results are expected and hoped for, we cannot offer any guarantees as the actual result of your treatment. We will be happy to discuss whether you are a candidate for this exciting new treatment during your consultation.
About Dr. Cooley
Jerry Cooley, MD, director of the Cooley Hair Center, has been actively performing hair restoration procedures for over 25 years. He has garnered an international reputation for stellar surgical results and ethical patient treatment. Dr. Cooley is recognized by his peers as an early pioneer in the use of regenerative medicine to treat hair loss and to aid in surgical hair restoration. He is past president of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. He frequently lectures at medical conferences and has written numerous scientific papers and textbook chapters in the field of hair restoration and regenerative medicine as it applies to hair restoration.