Use of Exosomes and Platelet Rich Plasma to Combat Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common concern that can affect people of all ages and genders. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, medical conditions, hormonal changes, stress, and lifestyle choices. Here's an overview of the different causes of hair loss and their potential treatments:

Common Causes of Hair Loss:

1. Androgenetic Alopecia (Male and Female Pattern Baldness)

    - The most common cause of hair loss, affecting both men and women.

    - In men, it typically starts with a receding hairline and thinning on the crown.

    - In women, it usually presents as thinning throughout the scalp, often with a widened part.

2. Telogen Effluvium

    - A form of temporary hair loss caused by stress, trauma, or other shocks to the body (such as surgery, illness, or significant weight loss).

    - Hair enters a resting phase and falls out in large amounts a few months after the triggering event.

3. Alopecia Areata

    - An autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss in patches.

    - Can affect any hair-bearing area, including the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

4. Hormonal Changes

    - Hormonal imbalances (such as those caused by thyroid disorders, pregnancy, or menopause) can lead to hair loss.

    - Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies can also affect hair growth.

5. Nutritional Deficiencies

    - Lack of essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamins (especially vitamin D and B vitamins) can lead to hair thinning and loss.

6. Medical Conditions

    - Conditions such as thyroid disorders, lupus, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can contribute to hair loss.

    - Some medications (like those for cancer, depression, and blood thinners) can also cause hair loss as a side effect.

   - COVID or viral infections can be a major source for acute hair loss

7. Trichotillomania

    - A psychological condition where individuals have a compulsive urge to pull out their own hair.

8. Hairstyling Practices

    - Tight hairstyles (such as ponytails and braids), frequent use of heat styling tools, and chemical treatments can cause traction alopecia or damage to hair.

 Potential Treatments and Management:

- Medications: Topical minoxidil and oral finasteride are commonly used to treat hair loss. Corticosteroids may be used for alopecia areata.

- Nutritional Supplements: Addressing deficiencies with supplements or dietary changes can help improve hair health.

- Hair Transplantation: A surgical option for those with significant hair loss, particularly from androgenetic alopecia.

- Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A treatment that may stimulate hair growth in some individuals.

- Scalp Care: Gentle handling of hair and scalp, avoiding tight hairstyles and harsh treatments, can prevent further hair loss.

- Counseling and Support: Psychological support can be helpful for conditions like trichotillomania.

Understanding Exosomes and Their Role in Hair Regrowth

Exosomes have become a hot topic in recent years, particularly in the fields of regenerative medicine and aesthetics. These tiny vesicles play a significant role in cell-to-cell communication and have shown promise in a variety of medical and cosmetic treatments, including hair regrowth. In this blog, we'll explore what exosomes are, their potential benefits for hair regrowth, and what the future may hold for this emerging treatment.

What Are Exosomes?

Exosomes are small, naturally occurring vesicles that are released by cells into their surrounding environment. These vesicles contain various bioactive molecules such as proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids (e.g., RNA and DNA). Exosomes play a key role in intercellular communication, as they can carry their cargo from one cell to another, influencing the behavior and function of the recipient cell.

How Exosomes Can Be Used for Hair Regrowth

1. Promote Hair Follicle Health: Exosomes contain growth factors and other signaling molecules that can stimulate and promote the health of hair follicles. This can lead to stronger, healthier hair.

2. Reduce Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can contribute to hair loss. Exosomes have anti-inflammatory properties that may help calm the scalp and reduce hair loss caused by inflammation.

3. Encourage Cell Proliferation: The growth factors in exosomes can encourage the proliferation of cells within the hair follicles, promoting the growth of new hair and helping to maintain existing hair.

4. Boost Collagen Production: Collagen is a key protein that provides structure and strength to hair and skin. Exosomes can stimulate collagen production, leading to healthier hair.  We also refer to it as collagen induction therapy.

5. Improve Blood Flow: Exosomes may also enhance blood flow to the scalp, providing hair follicles with the nutrients and oxygen they need to grow.

How Exosome Therapy for Hair Regrowth Works

1. Preparation: Exosome therapy for hair regrowth begins with the preparation of exosomes, which are derived from stem cells or other sources. The exosomes are purified and concentrated to create a therapeutic solution.

2. Application: The exosome solution is typically applied to the scalp through microinjection with microneedling or topical application.  In addition to microneedling, we also use direct injection into specific areas of thinning.

3. Stimulate Regrowth: Once applied, the exosomes can stimulate the hair follicles to enter the growth phase, promoting thicker, healthier hair.

4. Results Over Time: Patients may start to see improvements in hair density and quality within a few weeks to months after the treatment.

Safety and Considerations

- Minimally Invasive: Exosome therapy for hair regrowth is generally considered safe and minimally invasive.

- Multiple Sessions: Depending on the individual and the severity of hair loss, multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.  Hair growth is a slow process, and can typically take months to see positive change.


Hair loss can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem and quality of life. Identifying the underlying cause is key to determining the appropriate treatment. If you are experiencing hair loss, there are options out there to consider slowing down loss, and even grow back hair.

Exosomes represent an exciting frontier in the field of hair regrowth, offering a promising option for individuals experiencing hair loss. As research continues to advance, we may see even more applications for exosome therapy in the future. If you're considering exosome therapy for hair regrowth, be sure to consult with us at StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine in Skokie Illinois or Dublin Ohio to discuss your options and develop a personalized treatment plan.