Hair loss is a common problem. It affects around 50% of men over the age of 50 and the same percentage of women over 65. Luckily, modern medicine has new hair loss treatments.
Even though the cultural perception of hair loss and fashion trends tend to evolve, pattern baldness never made it to the number one spot on the desirable looks list.
Quite the opposite. It is often a cause of low self-confidence and sometimes a trigger for more severe mental health conditions such as depression, especially in younger people.
Luckily, modern medicine has some very good methods of treating hair loss. This does not mean that hair loss can be cured or stopped. It cannot. However, it can be slowed down and the lost volume can be successfully restored.
If you want to know how, and you’re not interested in fairy tales but only cold scientific facts, please continue reading this article.
Facts about Hair
Hair grows from hair follicles. These follicles are like tiny organs with their cycle of growth, regression, and rest.
Unfortunately, hair follicles are very sensitive to the effects of certain hormones of the scalp, namely the DHT (dihydrotestosterone). When this hormone binds to a hair follicle, it causes it to miniaturize and stop creating visible hair.
Scientists know about this natural process. What they do not know is how to stop it. That is why hair loss cannot be prevented or cured.
From this, we can see that this loss is much more a disease than a cosmetic problem and it needs to be treated medically. That’s where regenerative medicine has a lot to offer.
The Treatment Options
Typically available hair loss treatments range from the use of creams, lotions, and medications to transplantation and the use of laboratory-grown hair. The effectiveness and availability of these treatments differ significantly.
Medications, Creams, and Lotions
I always prefer to stick to the medically-tested and proven facts, and they say that there is no medication, cream or lotion that can prevent or stop hair loss.
Some drugs, such as finasteride or minoxidil, can slow down the hair loss process. However, these medications are associated with significant side effects. Finasteride, for example, can potentially cause erectile dysfunction in men.
Hair transplantation remains one of the best ways to make up for lost hair and improve its volume. This method has evolved significantly over the years.
It is no longer necessary to take skin grafts from healthy hair areas (e.g. back, sides of the head, etc.), small parts of hair follicles are enough. Because of this, the procedure is far less invasive and scars are a thing of the past.
Rigenera® Hair Loss Treatment
Scientists have discovered a method to harvest only nano-fragments of healthy hair follicles, mix them with stem cells, and inject the mix into the affected area of the scalp. This method, known as Rigenera® Hair Loss Treatment provides high-quality results. It ensures new hair growth and does minimal damage to the donor site. After treatment, it can be cut short without the loss of density.
The new hair is also DHT-resistant and in case of new hair loss (of the original hair), the donor sites remain a healthy source of hair follicles.
The use of stem cells in hair loss treatment has great potential. Researchers now know that it is possible to create new hair follicles from the patient’s stem cells, in unlimited quantities. This can be done in the lab, using 3D-printed molds.
If stem cells use, for new follicles creation, becomes a standard it will be possible to treat people with extreme loss who do not have enough donor hair for successful transplantation.
The Bottom Line
Regenerative medicine is already able to treat hair loss successfully. The future is even more promising. 3D printed and laboratory-grown hair are likely to make hair transplants simpler, less invasive, and more affordable.