Advances in Hair Regrowth Treatment Proliferate
Advances in research and technology have permeated deep into our modern life so much so that even in the area of hair regrowth treatment, the frontiers of science is increasingly being breached. There are now researches on the possibility of hair cloning or hair multiplication (HM). These study pursuits arose after it has been discovered that the hair follicles have dermal papilla cells and stem cells. The HM researches are now being pursued by a U.S.-based Japanese company and another concern in the U.K. So far, success has been reported on cloning hair follicles from the nape and multiplying for re-implantation into the scalp. Initial tests showed that at least two-thirds of male subjects experienced hair regrowth following HM. However, these researches will still take several more years before any HM therapy is available in the market.
Also needing more years of development as hair regrowth treatment is a so-called Wnt protein production. An American company, Follica Inc., has acquired technology which successfully achieved hair growth in the healing wound of experimental mice when Wnt protein was introduced in the affected area. Developed at the University of Pennsylvania, this technology enables the regeneration of hair follicles by reactivating some genes that were once active during the embryonic stage of human development. In Germany, researchers from the University of Bonn have announced the discovery of the genetic basis of two different forms of inherited hair loss. This breakthrough opens up a whole new dimension in baldness treatment.
There is no need to wait, nevertheless, for any of these promising hair loss therapies to materialize. Now available are advanced techniques in hair transplantation that can generate new hair growth the natural way. This is done by relocating hair follicles resistant to balding from the sides and back of the head to the area where there is excessive hair thinning. Advances in hair transplantation techniques make it now possible to have small grafts of hair follicles containing between 1 and 4 hairs. It goes without saying, of course, that thousands of these grafts would be needed in order to make the hair regrowth treatment to be effective. The transplants come in their natural follicular groupings, thereby producing a hair for hair re-implantation that produces visually appealing results if done by an expert cosmetic surgeon.
Advances in pharmaceutical industry have likewise resulted in the introduction of drugs and medications effective for hair regrowth treatment. Among the popular therapeutic methods is the topical solution minoxidil directly applied to the scalp. This drug was originally used as an oral pill for high blood pressure. But through research and development efforts, it is now marketed as a medication for baldness. Research into the orally administered drug finasteride has also expanded the armamentarium of medicines against baldness. This medicine was first used as treatment for prostate disorder but its use was extended to hair fall prevention following extensive tests and research.
A similar achievement has been chalked up in the development of Hair Again, a natural supplement that is increasingly gaining adherents as a hair regrowth treatment. This product was developed by combining natural herbal extracts in laboratories passing high pharmaceutical standards, a potent marriage of up-to-date technology and traditional solutions to baldness.