Eight people are being recruited in the US for a new Floridian trial into the use of modified body fat as a possible treatment for genetic hair loss.
The trial, which is being overseen by the University of Florida, is certainly not the first to investigate the idea that re-injecting “growth factors”, taken from body fat, back into the scalp may encourage hair follicles to start growing again. As yet, however, trials have failed to conclusively make the case for Adipose Derived Stromal Cells, also known as Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) cells as a serious contender to treat Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.
Which isn’t to say that researchers are stabbing blindly in the dark; SVF is a type of stem-cell therapy and has been hailed as a possible way to give ailing body parts a boost.
The firm Kerastem is investing significant resources into the link between adipose body fat and hair growth and is currently involved in a trial using an adipose-based treatment on 70 volunteers with androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Other companies and research teams are trialling the technology in studies that are taking place in Nashville, Tennessee and South Korea.
Safety and feasibility study
The Floridian trial is described on their trial application as a “safety and feasibility study” and is set to last six months. The researchers will be measuring the growth of new hair from baseline at six weeks, three months and then at the end of the study. Hair density, as well as adverse events will be recorded and evaluated, too.
The team will also be looking at the diameter of the hairs to see if they have thickened; taking into account both new growth and also the thickness of existing hairs is a good way to measure the overall efficacy of a hair loss treatment.
Support during treatment
Closely monitoring hair growth is an important and popular part of the Belgravia approach to hair loss treatment.
Clients regularly state that the support they receive in addition to their personalised treatment courses, not only helps them stay committed to their regime but also makes them feel like they are not “going it alone.”
Clients almost always comment on how much they love seeing the standardised photoscans taken before and after starting their treatment courses. These clearly show their regrowth progress, usually at quarterly intervals, so clients can compare their levels of hair loss and see the improvements as they go along. We often hear how encouraging they find this aspect of Belgravia’s service, especially as these types of images are something they would struggle to take at home.
Adipose-based treatment is not offered here as it may be many years, if ever, before the treatment is both proven and cleared for use. Instead, a range of clinically-proven pharmaceutical products, including unisex formulations of high strength minoxidil, and additional hair growth boosters that have together helped large numbers of people with pattern hair loss, are available.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.