The nuisance known as baldness is something which we may never be rid over and yet the search for a solution to stop it seems to be a forever seeking quest. American scientists have now developed a transplant method that generates new hair growth. In comparison to the traditional transplants, this method may offer a solution for women or people with head scar tissue.
In a traditional transplantation hairs are removed and replaced from one place of the head to the other but this way isn’t possible for those whose hair surface is too small or for women, who generally have too little donor hair. This also applies to those who have scars on their heads from burn wounds for example.
Researchers at the Colunbia Unversity Medical Center discovered that cells from new hair pockets can produce donor tissue. They transplanted the human cells onto lab mice and within a week saw fine hair growth.
Geneticist, Angela Christiano, who had previously discovered a genetic basis for hair loss, hopes to be able to grow thicker hair in the future. To ensure the treatment is trustworthy, Christiano will pull out mice grown hair and see if grows again, as it would normally do in a natural situation.
For men there are with the exception of hair transplants a few other options available. Medically speaking there are currently two possibilities whereby the results have been proven, although these don’t work for everyone.
Finasteride, a treatment available in tablets works for approximately 80 percent of men. The agent works by preventing the change which occurs to an enzyme that changes testosterone into DHT which is the hormone which causes damage to the hair pockets and leads to hair loss.
The liquid solution Minoxidil stimulates the blood feed to the hair follicles. Minoxidil was discovered by accident when used on patients with heart disease. The patients reported that their hair had grown more during the course of usage. Minoxidil works by two thirds of men.