Baldness Treatments

  • Friday July 7, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    Technorati Tags: plastic surgery, hair loss, hair loss treatments, baldness

    The “Follicular Evolution” -- if there be a story on the search for that elusive hair loss treatment, this would be an apt, though rather sci-fi sounding, title.

    Indeed, baldness treatments has come a long way.  Here’s a rundown of some 'sure baldness cures' that promises just that, sure.

    Generic brands, often with the same active ingredients or identical chemical structure, may be equally effective.

    Propecia is a pill that inhibits production of DHT - a biologically active metabolite of the hormone testosterone, formed primarily in the hair follicles.  It works by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of free testosterone to DHT.  Propecia has a reported 29-68% success rate but when therapy is ceased, the hair gained or maintained is lost within 6-12 months.  In clinical studies, Propecia, was shown to work on both the crown area and the hairline, but is most successful in the crown area.

    Minoxidil, sometimes called a "potassium channel opener" dilates blood vessels.   It works by stimulating regrowth and thickening hairs. The treatment is applied topically to the scalp.  Although it may take several months to work, it has been shown to promote hair growth in about 25% of men and women.  New hair is usually lighter and thinner, much like a baby’s, and grows mostly on the top of the head, not at the hairline.

    Ketoconazole, both an anti-fungal and a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, is known to help to slow the balding process.

    Meanwhile, over the years hair transplantation has evolved from the big round “plug” grafts of the sixties and seventies, to the “mini micrografts” of the eighties and early nineties, to modern hair follicular unit transplant procedures. 

    Today, hair transplant clinics have achieved great lengths in treating hair loss enabling patients to achieve both the naturalness and fullness, say in one surgical session. 

    Hair transplantation is a surgical method which requires the moving of patches of skin with hair from one part of the head to another. With scalp reduction, parts of the scalp are removed, the skin is stretched over the area that had been removed, and everything is stitched back together. 

    A prospective hair loss treatment called hair cloning or hair multiplication extracts self-replenishing follicle stem cells, multiplies them many times over in the lab, and microinjects them into the scalp.  The treatment is currently under development with good results observed on mice.  Subsequent versions of this revolutionary procedure are expected to be able to cause these follicle stem cells to simply signal the surrounding hair follicles to rejuvenate.  It is anticipated to be available by the year 2010. 


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