The Cell Surgical Network, based in Arizona, California and Massachusetts, says it’s currently “studying the effects of SVF Stromal Vascular Fraction (rich in adipose derived stem cells and growth factors) on hair regeneration and hair transplant sustainability.”
Apparently, this Stromal Vascular Fraction is a convenient or efficient way of extracting something injectible that’s rich in ADSC’s from adipose tissue siphoned off in liposuction.
However, the CSN’s article talks mainly about using this to help improve “hair transplant sustainability”. What about just for hair regeneration – regrowing hair? Very few details are provided about that.
Plus, the CSN article combines this SVF news with a discussion of using automated robotic devices for HT, which to me, is totally irrelevant and something that I don’t believe is useful to us at all.
A robotic device can NEVER compete with a skilled human surgeon, in my opinion. But HT surgeons are very excited about this idea, because it’s a way for them to increase their profits.
For instance, if a HT surgeon can do (just a rough guess) 10,000 grafts in a week, having a few of these devices in his office might allow him to treat more patients in less time, maybe do 100,000+ grafts in a week, and still charge each patient approximately the same amount per graft (Why not? I can’t imagine them charging significantly less, just because a robot did the grafts. That would be like admitting the robot’s technique and results are worse.)
The reason they might be testing these two things together – SVF and automated HT devices – is because they know the robot has limitations and provides poorer results, and they think that adding the SVF might be an easy way of overcoming those limitations, to improve the outcome of robotic HTs.
To me, that would be research designed primarily to determine how they can increase their own incomes, rather than patient-centered research.
Perhaps we could get them to do more clinical research using ADSCs or AAPE as a stand-alone therapy for hair regeneration.