A recent article in UK scientific journal ‘Nature Communications’, written by researchers from Tokyo University, claims that there has been a new breakthrough in treating hair loss. The team has bioengineered a new hair follicle regenerative therapy which has so far yielded extremely promising results.
Working under the supervision of Dr. Takashi Tsuji, researchers have successfully implanted hair below the skin of genetically-engineered bald mice, which restored the hair follicle in the scalp. These implants re-grew hair quickly and effectively; and the study suggests similar results should be obtainable in humans too.
Stem cell bioengineering
Tsuji’s treatment works by extracting stem cells from the hair follicles of normal mice before implanting them under the skin of a bald mouse. Hair began re-growing in as little as a fortnight, with most being restored in just five weeks.
Even more encouraging was the observation that when plucked, the hairs regrew according to natural growth cycles. Each strand established connections to muscles and nerves underneath the skin exactly as if they had grown ‘naturally’.
The potential for humans
When questioned on the potential for using his new treatment on humans, Takashi Tsuji commented, “If there is still hair on the back of the head, then it’s possible to use the cells from that, bio-engineer it, and regenerate new hair. We’re moving our research forward [on that basis].”
To further prove the viability of the new treatment, Tsuji’s team also implanted cells from human hair, managing to successfully grow new fur on bald mice. Recent developments have seen the group adjust density and colour of the regrown hair, raising hopes for the treatment of other hair conditions, such as greying.
What about now?
Despite the apparent success of Tsuji’s trials, he suggests that patients will need to wait a decade until the treatment can be used on humans – scant comfort to men and women experiencing hair loss now. Fortunately, there are a number of other hair loss treatments which can help slow and even reverse hair loss in both men and women.
Here at The Belgravia Centre, our hair loss experts employ a variety of techniques to create custom treatments plans designed to meet the specific needs of each client. Medications such as Minoxidil, Propecia and our own custom formulations with Azelaic Acid are used to combat underlying hair loss conditions.
Clients may also be offered complementary therapies, such as the FDA-cleared Laser Comb, which is shown to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, and our custom dietary supplement, Hair Vitalics, designed to provide the nutrients required for healthy hair growth. Each treatment plan is as unique as each client’s needs, ensuring the best possible chance for hair regrowth.
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