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Scientists Create Hair Follicle Model, Will It Speed Up Baldness Cure?

drug-testing-facts-hair-follicleA team of scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore have engineered a new hair follicle model that could help in the search for new drugs for hair regeneration.

Discussing the project, IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying said: “We have applied our cell and tissue engineering expertise to create a hair follicle-like structure that is very similar to the native hair follicle.” Ying hopes that the model will enable scientists to better understand the mechanisms that control the development and growth of hair follicles.

Hair Follicle in 3D

The hair follicle produces a new hair each time the hair growth cycle begins. This growth is controlled by interaction between two main cell types: epithelial cells, which surround the hair shaft, and dermal papilla cells, which are at the base of the follicle bulb.

It is thought that the 3D hair follicle model will be useful for studying these cell interactions, and subsequently for identifying new treatments for male pattern baldness and its female equivalent. The 3D follicle model mimics the size and cell arrangement of a real hair follicle and uses microfibre fabrication technology2 for the engineering of different cell types.

The hair follicle-like structure exhibits a similar cell behaviour to real hair follicles. The hair cells are implanted into very fine and transparent fibres that can be easily examined under the microscope, which means that the 3D model will potentially be useful for drug testing applications.

Belgravia will be following the development of the 3D follicle with interest, and welcome any development in the fight against hair loss. If your hair is beginning to thin, or perhaps you’re experiencing the beginnings of a receding hairline, waiting for treatment isn’t a great idea.

Clinically Proven Hair Loss Treatment

The prompt use of a hair loss treatment programme can halt hair loss and regrow thinning hair. In order to be as effective as possible, an ideal treatment plan would include both medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA to treat hair loss.

The first clinically proven medication is Propecia, which blocks DHT, the androgen that causes pattern hair loss in those with a genetic predisposition. The second, minoxidil, is a topical treatment that stimulates regrowth. It is dose dependent, so can be tailored to your exact needs by a hair loss specialist, and even stubborn shedding can be treated with a high strength minoxidil cream formulation.

Because hair loss can become medically untreatable if allowed to progress, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible after noticeable thinning is observed. A hair loss treatment plan containing clinically proven medication offers the best chance of combating hair loss, and it would also include a number of treatment boosters, from the FDA cleared LaserComb through to the nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

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