Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Principal Investigator: Adam Katz, MD
Study Description: Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common form of hair loss and affects 50% and 23% of Caucasian men and women, respectively, over the age of 50. The percentage of men and women affected over the age of 70 increases to 80% and 60% of Caucasian men and women, respectively. Although alopecia is considered a minor dermatologic condition, it is seen as a serious condition with major life consequences by those with alopecia and has been associated with increased incidence of myocardial infarction, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia. Androgenetic alopecia is associated with feelings of anxiety, depression and various personality disorders among men and women due to physical appearance. Depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, impaired quality of life and social inadequacy have been documented. The presence of alopecia in women is particularly stressful.
ADSCs (Adipose Derived Stromal Cells), also called Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) cells, include regenerative cell populations derived from adipose tissue and thus are potentially important to multiple disease processes and therapeutic applications for the repair and regeneration of acute and chronically damaged tissues. It has been postulated that SVF cells may promote hair regeneration by increasing the hair-inducing ability of dermal papillae (DP) cells. The general objective of this study is to conduct a safety and feasibility study of a single injection of autologous adipose-derived SVF cells for the treatment of alopecia.