An estimated 85 percent of men and 40 percent of women begin losing their hair by age 50, making hair loss an extremely common issue among men and women everywhere. For this reason, a wide range of hair products and treatment options exist in hopes of curing hereditary hair loss, or at least managing it. Modern hair restoration techniques include hair transplant surgery, medicated products like Rogaine and Propecia, and newer treatments that have shown promising results, like platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and low-level light therapy (LLLT).
Today’s techniques have developed to impressive heights. Modern hair transplants are indistinguishable from surrounding hair and can provide lifelong results, but the operations are still limited. In an effort to circumvent the limitations of current treatments, many hair loss experts have focused their attention on hair cloning, hoping to be the first to crack the code for unlimited hair loss restoration.
How Would It Work?
Hair cloning, sometimes also referred to as hair multiplication, is a proposed technique that would allow hair surgeons to take healthy hair follicle cells from active areas of the scalp and clone them, ideally for a limitless number of cells. These cloned cells could then be injected into the balding areas of the scalp to begin producing hair anew. This proposed technique would allow hair loss patients to completely regrow their hair without surgery or grafts.
Potential Advantages of Hair Cloning
Once hair loss has progressed to near baldness, the viability of hair transplants reduced for those seeking to fully restore their hair. Men benefit from large donor sites along the back and sides of the scalp that can give surgeons sufficient donor grafts for transplantation, but women do not always benefit from bountiful donor sites. With hair cloning, these types of patients who were previously not candidates for hair transplants would then be able to receive treatment.
Hair cloning could also benefit patients who have already received multiple hair transplant surgeries and have depleted their donor sites to a point where hair transplants are no longer an option. Hair cloning would allow patients with any amount of hair left to receive treatments, no matter what procedures they had done in the past.
Current Hair Cloning Research>
Many companies and research teams have devoted time and resources towards researching the viability of hair cloning over the past decade, but so far research has been inconclusive. Some companies, like Intercytex and Aderans Research Institute, have had promising results in preliminary hair cloning trials, but been unable to provide expected results in later human trials. Research continues to develop on this holy grail of hair loss treatments, but hair cloning has not yet proved to be the cure that researchers hoped it would be. While there are still major hurdles to clear in hair cloning research, hair loss experts and victims look forward to continued research and development of this exciting technique proposal in the years to come.
While hair cloning hopes to become the new gold standard for hair loss restoration, modern hair transplantation surgery is still king for providing excellent results and creating satisfied patients. If you have experienced hair loss and are considering hair transplants to restore a thinning hairline or balding scalp, call Medikemos Hair Transplantation Clinic today at 44 20 7129 1227 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lupanzula and discuss your options.