A new hair transplant
method has been launched in India. Known as the Hair Multiplication Transplant, it combines elements of existing restoration surgeries with PRP
and claims to be 'minimally invasive' with no loss of donor hair.
Hair Multiplication Transplant aims
Developed by India's Hairline International Research and Treatment Centre, the Hair Multiplication Transplant the company's Founder and CEO, Bani Anand, says via a press release that its research department is 'constantly looking into refining
[its] processes and services'
and he believes this latest service will 'encourage a larger number of people to seek hair fall solutions'.
After developing the Vertical Harvesting
technique, this latest multiplication method is said to have two main benefits; a) that it is a minimally invasive procedure, and b) it causes no loss of donor hair in the course of the procedure.
Following on from recent hair loss
research which discovered that plucking scalp hair
may cause more new hairs to grow back in cases of Male Pattern Baldness
, this newly devised hair restoration method is aimed at men with a smaller donor area. The reason the procedure is able to preserve the donor area with no scarring is that, rather than surgically remove donor hair, this hair is instead harvested by plucking.
Donor hair is plucked out
According to released information, the Hair Multiplication Transplant involves aspects of both the traditional Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
methods of surgery.
The process also employs Platelet Rich Plasma and Acell Matrix
wound care technology to enhance the growth of new blood cells, when plucked donor hair is dipped into a mix of the two.
These measures are said to produce 'enriched hairs' which are then transplanted into the desired areas of the scalp, where the company says it begins to 'grow naturally, as normal hair would'.
As per the aforementioned research findings, the hair plucked from the donor site should preserve and potentially increase the density of hair in this area. Any hair loss from plucking is reportedly 'minimal with a 30% growth rate for the total hair plucked', according to a Hairline International press release.
Whilst there is no mention of hair cloning in the information provided by Hairline, stem cell research has been on-going into using hair multiplication methods to address genetic hair loss
Companies such as RepliCel
have been investigating similar methods to the Hair Multiplication Transplant but, instead of implanting 'enriched' hairs, they are looking into ways of multiplying the hair's stem cells so that more can be created in vitro.
Whilst this new form of transplant is possible in India, and RepliCel has advised it is aiming to have all trials complete by 2016, there are already two well-established, clinically-proven hair loss treatments
which are widely available right now.
Finasteride 1mg and minoxidil are both licensed by the MHRA and FDA
approved for the treatment of male pattern hair loss and have produced significant results
for many Belgravia clients. As this type of hair loss is progressive, it is best to be as proactive as possible should you wish to treat it, so waiting for new developments - especially when there are promising alternatives already available - may prove counterproductive.