A pharmaceutical company in the US has announced the results of a small UK trial into a new injection-based treatment for people with genetic hair loss.
Kerastem, whose website poses the question “What if your body had the power to grow your hair back?”, has been exploring the idea that modified body fat that is re-injected back into the scalp could encourage new hairs to grow. It has recruited around 70 people for a major study into possible new treatment options for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss which it has named the STYLE trial; the UK study appears to be something of a precursor to this.
Body fat solution injected into scalp
According to a press release from the company: “All six (100%) subjects receiving Kerastem Therapy had an increase from baseline hair counts at six months, with initial results as early as six weeks.”
The trial saw doctors perform single scalp injections of Kerastem Cell Therapy in nine healthy hair loss patients, of whom six were followed for a total of six months.
Those six volunteers saw a mean increase of 31 hairs per cm2 of scalp at 24 weeks, compared to baseline, which equated to an increase of 23 per cent. One or more of the subjects reportedly saw up to a 53 per cent increase – which naturally means that at least one other subject had a growth rate somewhat lower than 23 per cent as well. The individual results have not been released at this time.
Said lead investigator Dr David Perez-Meza: “We are very pleased with the clinical outcomes of our hair regeneration study, as they represent this procedure is safe and that results are on par or better than those of traditional medical approaches to hair loss.”
The STYLE trial proper is currently underway and Dr Eric Daniels, chief medical officer at Kerastem, says he looks forward to releasing top-line, 24-week data from it later this year. He added that: “Fat and fat derived cells are now appreciated as a dynamic and vital participant in the normal cycle of hair growth.”
His words echo those of proponents of a broadly similar treatment in which Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is removed from a patient’s blood and then re-injected back into the scalp, where its “growth factors” are said to encourage new hairs to grow. With adipose fat, it is cell-enriched tissue that is delivered to the scalp.
Not a good option for the squeamish
Injections like these are regarded by many experts in the field of hair loss as secondary treatment options that, once their safety and efficacy has been clinically-proven, may work well when used alongside currently MHRA and FDA-approved options for androgenetic alopecia. This invasive option is not well suited to the squeamish, however, though Belgravia offers a range of hair growth boosters which can are effective and non-invasive.
The only two genetic hair loss drugs that have attained this gold standard of MHRA and FDA approval to date are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.
The one-a-day oral tablet finasteride 1mg is currently only deemed suitable for men over the age of 18 an is not prescribed for women. It works by inhibiting the formation of DHT, the testosterone-byproduct which physically causes hair thinning in cases of pattern hair loss. It binds to the follicles around the top of the scalp in genetically predisposed individuals, gradually weakening and destroying them, causing the outward signs of thinning hair, hair loss and potentially eventual baldness. Finasteride 1mg is a popular component in male pattern hair loss treatment courses at Belgravia, for men interested in preventing baldness.
Both men and women wanting to undergo treatment for female pattern hair loss can use minoxidil, as long as they are medically approved to do so and are aged 16 or over. It is a topically-applied medication that is often used by men in combination with finasteride 1mg. Belgravia clients follow treatment courses generally featuring personally recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil from the range available from the dedicated pharmacies found in our Central and City of London hair loss clinics. As with many aspects of hair loss, the precise reason this vasodilator, which opens up the potassium channels, assists with hair growth is unknown. It has, however, been hugely successful for many people, producing notable regrowth Success Stories.
These types of clinical approaches, especially when backed by the on-going support of a personal hair loss specialist and regular monitoring, can often provide significant results without the need for surgical procedures.
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.