Oh Baby! A New Wave Bringing Life To Hair
The human placenta carries enormous responsibility in the development and growth of an embryo to a full term healthy baby. It sources blood supply, nutrients and growth factors to the developing baby and provides support and protection in the uterus. One of the key components of the placenta is called the Amniotic Membrane. It is the storehouse of stem cells and growth factors, and provides the key stimulators for growth. What is amazing about that? Well, the Amniotic Membrane is still packed full of all these amazing growth factors AFTER the birth of the child. AND, it can be stored and utilized for many medical indications, such as wound healing, sports injuries, arthritis, scar prevention, speeding surgical recovery time…and you guessed it…growing hair! Amniotic Membrane injections add another dimension to the non-surgical treatment options available for hair thinning and hair loss. For the purist, this is the optimum hair enhancement solution.
How It Works
Mothers delivering full-term Caesarean section births can elect months in advance of the delivery to donate the placenta, in lieu of having it discarded as medical waste. After the healthy baby is delivered, the Amniotic Membrane is processed and dehydrated in a lab, which then allows it to be stored for medical use for up to 5 years. The banked tissue is strictly regulated for purity and safety and is FDA approved for wound healing.
The Science Behind It
The injected placenta membrane has over 50 different soluble growth factors, cytokines and chemokines that are involved in the growth of the hair follicles and the repair of aging or struggling blood vessels that supply hair follicles. The growth factors stimulate dermal stem cells to proliferate and migrate to the area of injection. One important growth factor is called VDGF (vascular derived growth factor); it is THE growth factor responsible for the growth of new blood vessels. Increasing the blood supply to the aging hair follicles brings them oxygen and vital nutrition. Not only does this help prevent further hair loss, but it stimulates new and enriched hair growth. Similar procedures like this have been performed using a patient’s own blood, called PRP (platelet rich plasma), but the results are not nearly as impressive as using the growth factor rich placental extracts.