7 Hair Loss Myths

In a recent survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), leading surgeons identified the top technological advancement that will drastically change hair restoration practices. Their answer: Cloning/stem cell therapy/tissue engineering.

While the average person loses 100 hairs each day, there are 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. experiencing significant hair loss. Fortunately, researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute feel that they have made great strides in stem cell methods to address hair loss.

Stem Cell/Hair Restoration Study

Dr. Alexey Teskikh, the leading author in the study, said “We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth. The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another. Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles.”

Should this treatment find success, a residual benefit could also help individuals suffering from the auto-immune disease alopecia areata. This disease mistakenly attacks hair follicles leading to baldness.

*Note: The 2nd area of technological advances chosen by physicians to drastically change hair restoration: Mechanization/FUE/robotic surgery/automation

For More Information:

ISHRS 2013 Practice Census Results

Stem Cell/Hair Restoration Study

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