Stem Cell Banking

Definition: Stem cell banking involves collecting and cryogenically freezing (preserving at very low temperatures) a person’s stem cells for potential future use. In hair restoration, the idea is to bank stem cells from hair follicles, hoping to use them later to grow new hair.

Pros: A potential future option for treating hair loss with a person’s own cells.

Cons: Stem cell banking for hair restoration is still experimental and not yet FDA-approved. Long-term safety and efficacy are unknown. This procedure can be expensive with no guaranteed future use.

Alternatives: Existing hair restoration techniques like FUE transplants or medications like minoxidil and finasteride.

Recovery Time: N/A (hair transplant may be needed later if stem cell use is successful).

Disclaimer: Speak with a board-certified dermatologist or hair restoration specialist before considering stem cell banking for hair loss.