A Brief Overview of Hair Multiplication

Filed under: Health and Fitness Tips — Tags: , , — Glenn @ 6:42 pm April 29, 2013

Hair multiplication is basically a hair replacement technology.  It is considered to be the most anticipated and cutting edge research for the treatment of hair loss.  Many of today’s hair loss treatment and hair loss replacement methods have their own serious shortcomings.  There are a lot of products out there that do not do as they promise, while hair transplant on the other hand, when not done properly, will not have a natural look when it grows.  Despite the risk of not having a natural looking hair, many still prefer to undergo hair transplantation when it comes to restoring their hair which is why such is the demand for hair multiplication technology.

The main concept behind hair multiplication will be to extract hair cells from the patient in a slightly invasive manner.  The hair cells that have been extracted will then be taken to a laboratory and processed for multiplication there.  Once the lab considers that they have sufficient amount of hair cells that have been multiplied, the hair cells will then be injected or transplanted onto the balding areas of the patient so hair growth can be stimulated.  In essence, this type of restoration is purely cell based and requires very minimal existing hair cells.

Since 1996, a researcher by the name of Dr. Coen Gho started conducting studies on the fundamentals of cell structures of plucked hair.  In one of his research, he was able to localize the presence of stem cells in both plucked hair and skin biopsies.  The stem cells that were localized were from sebaceous glands located on the lower part of the hair follicle.

The process of hair multiplication technique relies on plucking out of hairs that are not sensitive to androgens like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone and then cultivate the hair follicles that are attached to these hairs.  The cultivated hair cells will then be transplanted for the growth and development of new hair.

Currently though, many of the experiments shows very promising results, although still not consistent enough for a guaranteed hair growth.  Another issue is that the hair growth in the restored area is very unpredictable, amounting to only 20% of the ones implanted.  While 20% is good enough for most people with hair loss and would not mind having multiple sessions, the problem with such is that the implanted hair may look somewhat patchy and this could be very unsightly.

In the last 15 years, there have been a lot of researchers claiming that cell based  restoration therapy for the hair will become mainstream in a few years’ time.  However, up to this date, there is still no one nor institute who can claim that they are very successful in delivering purely cell based hair multiplication techniques for hair loss treatment.  Until this technology becomes mainstream and not just in the research and development phase or clinical trial phase, the only real effective solution for hair loss would be hair transplantation, hair replacement, or the use of FDA approved medications like finasteride 1mg.

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