In a recent issue of the Forum, I reviewed some of the relevant research on follicular cell implantation (“hair cloning”) over the last ten years.1 In this column, I’ll review recent studies that relate to this topic as well, and in particular a recent report from Cotsarelis and his group (cited above). Although these reports add even more complexity, they also give us new hope that cell therapy may someday actually work.
Hair Transplant Surgery
For men and women suffering from hair loss, hair transplantation can be a life-changing procedure. Hair transplant surgery restores naturally growing hair to areas that had been thinning or bald. In addition to scalp hair restoration, hair transplants can be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, facial hair, and hair lost due to trauma on the scalp and on the body, as well.
Many people worry about the cost of a hair transplant. Hair transplant surgical fees can vary depending on the type of service and area of coverage chosen, the area in the world one lives, as well as the causes of the patient’s hair loss. Hair transplant reviews differ, but most patients are happy with the results. The effect of the procedure is not only aesthetic, but also emotional, granting many patients increased confidence and self-assurance.
As with any medical field of practice, innovation continues to drive results. So what is happening in the research field of Hair Loss? One area that continues to be growing is with ongoing research and testing in the area of genetics. “Clock Controlled” genes, for example, have been found in the normal hair cycle but to date, no findings yet on how to “turn off/on” the clock to help in genetic hair loss.
WebMD recently sat down with ISHRS' Dr. Kenneth Washenik to discuss the many treatments in the works. “The development of new treatments, including drugs and cell-based approaches for hair loss, is at an all-time high,” states Kenneth J. Washenik, MD, PhD.
At the American Academy of Dermatology's annual meeting in March, various treatment topics were highlighted.
Cell based Fair follicle regeneration - taking cells found around hair follicles and growing them in a lab.
A recent study published in Nature,finds 2 distinct fibroblasts in the skin layers; the upper layer that produces hair folicles and lower layer responsible for making skins collagen fibres. Read more on how scientists may have revolutionized treatment for hair loss, scarring and more!
A detailed review of the two most common hair restoration procedures are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Dr. Robert True talks about the differences between these two donor harvesting techniques.
Many are touting FUE as "scarless" procedure and FUT as a "likely scarring" procedure within the world of hair restoration. Dr. Robert True lays out the facts about scarring with both procedures.
Dr. Edwin Epstein discusses how advancements and techniques in hair restoration has dramatically changed over the last 15 years. With follicular unit transplanting, doctors move natural occurring hair groupings into areas for natural hair growth.
Typically hair restoration surgeries are relatively pain-free post surgery. Dr. Robert True talks about how to treat any potential discomfort or pain as a result of your hair restoration procedure.
Drs. Jennifer Martinick and Bernard Nusbaum explain how talking with a physician and asking to see the results of patients that have undergone hair restoration procedures is important. What was the patients' experience? Asking questions like these will help make your decision on whether you are comfortable proceeding with a particular physician.
The hair restoration industry has evolved significantly over the past 10-15 years. Dr. Robert True talks about the latest innovations and advancements in the field of hair restoration.