As scientific research continues into hair loss and its causes, scientists are coming up with new potential treatments all the time. Here are four experimental breakthroughs which are showing potential to be developed in future cures for male pattern baldness.
3D spheroid grafts
By extracting cells from a balding man, researchers have been able to culture 3D spheroids – a clump of cells which ‘maintain their identity’ and role for hair growth. When these spheroids were grafted onto the skin of bald mice, new hair growth began almost immediately.
3D spheroid grafts were found to promote hair regrowth in seven out of nine cases and researchers continue to investigate whether the technique can be applied for human grafts.
In the course of testing the anti-glaucoma drug bimatoprost for FDA approval, scientists noticed that patients’ eyelashes grew thicker and longer. Latisse is currently under investigation as a treatment for eyelash treatments, and may be tested for use in treating hair loss conditions at some point in the future.
Scientists have noticed that once men and women lose the layer of fat that covers their scalp, hair loss slows and eventually stops altogether. Researchers suggest that the fat layer is responsible for the production of platelet derived growth factors (PDGF), which play a crucial role in hair growth.
This observation helps explain another factor of hair loss, but is unlikely to lead to a cure in isolation. Further research is still required to understand how to apply this knowledge to treating hair loss.
Hair loss experts have long recognised the part that stress plays in hair loss, particularly temporary conditions like Telogen Effluvium. The stress hormone cortisol is known to cause all manner of health complications for people who are exposed to elevated levels over long periods, including affecting hair growth.
By administering corticotrophin-releasing factors that inhibit the production and reception of cortisol, researchers have been able to successfully restart the hair growth process. This technique has only tested on bald mice at present, so it is some way from being developed into a hair loss treatment for humans.
Each of these discoveries is helping the hair loss industry better understand baldness and with additional research should help deliver new effective treatments in future. Those concerned about hair loss in the present day need not despair: there already exist clinically proven medications that can treat genetic hair loss. These are likely to be prescribed by a hair loss expert who can also recommend any suitable ancillary treatments and monitor the results on an on-going basis.
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