The Science of Hair Transplants
Science is always pushing back the boundaries of the unknown. Just think, the first human flight was in 1903 and a mere 66 years later rockets were allowing men to fly and land on the moon.
The world of hair transplant surgery has equally gone through leaps and bounds since the first surgery 67 years ago.
Before hair transplant surgery reached the levels of standard that it has reached today, there was no natural looking solution to baldness. If you were unlucky enough to be ‘genetically cursed’, then you either bought a wig, you learned to live a life without hair or got accustomed to wearing a hat for a really long time.
If you’re reading this blog, then there’s a high chance that you too are suffering from hair loss. If you are, then you too have no doubt personally experienced how debilitating it can be on your self-esteem.
Today, there is a reason why the Hair Transplantation Industry is worth billions of dollars.
Both scalp and beard surgeries are on the rise, as more and more people become educated that there is finally a permanent, natural-looking answer to their problem.
World-renowned hair transplant surgery specialists like the Toronto Hair Transplant Centre have hundreds of patients every year walk through their doors. They leave ready to take on a new life, with one of their greatest problems solved and no longer holding them back.
Science has brought hair transplantation a long way!
So where’s the next frontier?
The Stem Cell
It’s hard not to have heard about stem cells in recent years. They’ve been touted as the wonder solution of tomorrow. There are currently more than 3500 clinical studies being conducted with significant promise being observed in dealing with many of humanities’ physical ailments.
The basic description of Stem Cells is that they are cells with an unspecialized function. Many cells do have a specialized function, such as white blood cells, that are specifically tasked to protect the immune system from infections and foreign invaders.
The ability stem cells do have, however, is that once they have divided and renewed themselves, they can either remain stem cells or can actually change and become other types of cells. This trait can be hugely useful in the body’s need to repair damaged tissues and has huge potential usage for many medical applications, including hair transplantation.
There are currently several different research teams working on stem cell applications for hair loss treatments. Stem cells are taken from a patient’s skin cells and used to grow new hair follicles in laboratory conditions, that will then be transplanted into the scalp.
There are many variations in this new technique, with some donor cells being extracted from adipose fat tissue sourced from the hip or abdomen. Other research trials use bone marrow cells as the donor stem cells, whilst others combine the sample with platelet-rich plasma that contains essential growth proteins.
Stem cell hair transplants were expected to be available by 2018 but this projected date has now been pushed back to 2020.
Another Possibility, Way-316606
Another possible future solution is Way-316606.
Originally discovered when testing Cyclosporine A, an immunosuppressive drug used since the 1980s to stop rejections in organ transplants. One of the known side effects was that it inhibited a protein called SFRP1 that triggered hair growth all over the body.
It’s toxicity made it unsuitable for human use, so the research team searched for a drug with similar properties and found Way-316606, promoted the same hair growth on a molecular level without this side effect. Unfortunately, despite initial fanfares that the cure for baldness had been found, Way-316606 also affects the regulation of the body’s Wnt pathway, in which aberrant regulation is known to be linked to increased risks of cancer.
Both stem cell transplantation and Way-316606 are still in the testing stages. Both have promise as the key to a future without baldness, but if these techniques are the future of hair transplantation, then they still have some more experimenting to go.
World leading Hair Transplant clinics like the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic is the answer for today. Strip Grafting and precise Follicular Unit Extraction, are the current leading industry standard for the answer to hair loss.
You don’t have to wait for tomorrow to have the solution for your hair loss, you can own your hair again, today.