Question: In the recent discovery of stem cell usage to replace hair, can this new stem cell process actually replace the original loss of hair of the actual root of each hair I was born with be replaced in the exact same location where each individual loss of hair occurred.
The most advanced types of stem cell hair replication, whereby entire hair follicles capable of normal hair growth are artificially reproduced in vitro and transferred to the scalp, do absolutely make this a technical possibility. However, until the process is fully developed, medically approved and rolled out properly – as opposed to being tested solely in clinical trials – its capabilities cannot be confirmed for certain.
Grafting individual hair follicles into the scalp is something which is already done in a type of hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It is a painstaking, long and costly affair, especially when there are expansive areas to be filled – for example, if a man is losing vertex hair, the hair along the top of his head from hairline to crown, which is the area affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss, as opposed to a smaller area such as a receding hairline. As the follicles are inserted into incisions by a human surgeon – as opposed to a robot such as the ARTAS machine which can be used to harvest donor hairs in some cases – matching up the precise location for each follicle you have ever had may be somewhat unrealistic.
If you are concerned about male pattern baldness and want to explore options for regrowing hair from existing follicles, this is something clinically-proven hair loss treatments can be used for. As long as the follicles are still functioning – meaning there is still hair growing from them, no matter if it is thinning, and the scalp has not taken on a smooth, shiny bald appearance – this is a viable and often effective option for many men.
You can find out more about how the two MHRA and FDA approved male hairloss treatments work in this article about finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. Belgravia courses are tailored to each client’s individual requirements based on their condition, pattern and level of shedding, medical history and lifestyle. Typically these include both the oral DHT-blocking tablet, to be taken once a day, finasteride 1mg, and applications of appropriate, topical formulations of high strength minoxidil to promote regrowth.
Additional hair growth booster products can be used to help maximise potential results, including Belgravia’s premium Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplement. In addition to a wealth of highly-targeted, key nutritional elements included for their effects on hair health, the botanical extract saw palmetto is also included as it has been shown to reduce serum levels of DHT in tests.
Whilst it may be a few years yet until stem cell hair loss treatments become a readily available option, these can be offered right now to those deemed medically suitable following a consultation. So, if you are worried about thinning hair or any receding now, we would recommend investigating options that are open to you sooner rather than later given Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent and progressive condition.
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.