Future Hair Loss Treatments
The lure of “future treatments” is one of the most appealing options for those suffering from hair loss. The hope that one day we will find a “cure” for hair loss is alive and well with treatments such as “stem cells”, “cloned” hair follicles and miracle injections. Patients will be able restore their hair using futuristic, science-fiction-like technology.
Imagine if a scientist could take small samples of your donor hair follicles and clone them in the lab. This would allow you to implant a few hundred follicles and restore your hair completely. Imagine a doctor being able to split stem cells from a hair follicle into two and implant one to the scalp. The other half can be used to “regenerate the donor area” and the other half could be used to implant the hair. Imagine a stem-cell-based injection that could “revive” hair follicles, and even regrowth of hair. Imagine, even more, if all these cures were just around the corner and could be available immediately. The same search would have revealed the same results five years ago: the promise of a solution that never happened. Worse, a 5 year old search would also reveal the same thing.
In the 1980s, hair-loss researchers and media outlets were eager to make headlines and get views. These miracle cures have yet to materialize despite the efforts of many bright researchers who are involved in hair follicle research. This is because genetic hair loss is complex. It involves a number of genes, hormones and stem cells. There is also a complicated molecular interaction that is not well understood. Once this genetic process starts, it is difficult to stop and almost impossible to reverse. Many of the future potential treatments for genetic hair loss are linked to stem cell activity in hair follicles. This is one of the most complicated processes in the human body. Additionally, stem cell work can be complex and could lead to serious complications.
Many companies are promoting futuristic treatments that “come and stay”. It is impossible to list them all and not discuss them all. There are still many researchers, universities, and biotech companies working on new “futuristic” treatments for hair loss. While we might not see a cure in five years, research will continue and new advanced treatments may be available in the near future. However, doctors recommend that you use the most current proven hair restoration techniques today to avoid future complications.