More than any cure, experts have always been suggesting that preventing the condition is always helpful. However, these preventive remedies will be discussed later. What we will discuss now is the most recent discovery of a cure for baldness, i.e. the stem cell cure for baldness.
Stem Cell Cure for Baldness
A recent study carried out on bald men by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has shown that their scalp has stem cells, that are the same as men who have a normal hair growth. Stem cells are cells that can be transformed into any type of cells, and have been undergoing great research to cure several conditions. Of these conditions, baldness is one of them. The difference in the stem cells found in men who are bald and those who are not is that those in the former are not changing to the subsequent level where they become progenitor cells and then to hair follicles. What is stopping the development of these stem cells is yet to be determined.
Studies conducted on mice showed that stem cells can be compelled to transform into the progenitor cells and then into hair follicles by creating a wound in an area and then compelling the stem cells to develop via embryonic cellular pathways. This is based on the fact that stem cells can either transform into skin cells or hair follicle cells in a wounded area. However, they usually become skin cells so that the wound can be healed. When studied on mice, a network of proteins known as Wnt is what causes the stem cells to turn into hair follicles. The lack of Wnt results in the transformation of stem cells into skin. In simple terms, if Wnt is present in human bodies, it can force the transformation of stem cells into hair follicles thereby presenting an effective cure for male pattern baldness. Researchers expect to find Wnt in human bodies too, after which they will work on developing a method to get the stem cells in a scalp that is bald to start transforming into hair follicles. Though this will take time, there is definitely hope for balding men to find a cure for their extremely distressing baldness.
So, with this latest discovery of a cure there is hope for men who find baldness plain distressing. Until then, if there is a hereditary pattern of baldness ensure that you follow the aforementioned preventive remedies to keep it at bay.
Today, many men and women are suffering from hair loss. So many have tried different home remedies, alternative medicine, and commonly prescribed medicines by dermatologists, like Minoxidil. These remedies or medicines might stop, or in few cases, reverse the hair loss process. However, these are not 100% effective hair loss solutions. Another methods to regain lost hair is hair transplantation, which can be a good solution of getting rid of baldness. However, it is very expensive and even a single session can cost hundreds of dollars. Also, in hair transplantation, a patch of healthy hair from the patient's body is removed and then hair follicles are grafted onto the bald patches. On the other hand, hair cloning seems to be a more promising and affordable solution of getting rid of balding patches.
What is It?
During the process of hair cloning the cells which are thought to control hair growth are extracted and then multiplied in a laboratory. The multiplied cells are then injected back where there are bald patches. Hair cloning is not true cloning, as the new hair follicles are not being completely made using one cell, which is done while cloning. However, during this process the derma papilla cells from the bulb which is located at the bottom of a healthy hair follicle is extracted. In the lab these cells are multiplied and cultured. Once a predetermined number of cells are created, they are inserted into the scalp regions where baldness is noticeable.
Today, there are certain drawbacks associated with cloning, but once these are solved and the process of hair cloning is perfected, conventional hair replacement procedures like hair grafting and hair transplant surgery will become outdated. Once the process of hair restoration cloning is popular, the price of this procedure will be less too. Because, unlike the conventional methods, hair cloning doesn't require a large group of qualified surgeons and other complicated processes. Also, the new hair will look natural as they are harvested from isolated healthy follicles. And, there are no restrictions for cloned donor hair, and hence you can have an unlimited supply.
Problems Related to It
The technology of hair cloning 2010 is facing some challenges. At first, scientists were of the opinion that by 2010, cloning of hair would be successfully used for the common man, but many said that only by 2015 would it be available without any possible problems. However, there are still some problems associated with it which scientists are trying to solve. One such problem is unreliable quantity, which means the results of implantation can be very variable. Another problem is the unreliable angles of hair growth. Natural hair growth of the follicles appear in a grain like pattern, while on the scalp it grows in a whirl pattern. So, if a person goes through hair cloning, there might be a cosmetically shabby appearance due to the new hair. Another limitation is that the natural hair follicles are evenly distributed over the skin, however in many rodent studies the hair follicles which were induced due to hair cloning didn't have even distribution over the skin. One could see clumps of new hair growth. So, again this gives a clumpy growth like appearance which is not acceptable. Other problems like the lower dermal sheath cells grafted might retain characteristics of the donor hair follicle.
Before going for hair restoration cloning procedure, weigh the pros and cons of this procedure. After taking everything into consideration, it would be wise to wait till this technology gets advanced to such a level, that it is cosmetically acceptable.