Can New Hair Follicles Really be Created from Human Skin?
You may have heard of scientific breakthroughs allowing new hairs to be grown using human skill cells, but how does this actually work?
This technique was first discovered a few years ago, but holds significant potential for the future of hair restoration. In the time since initial research, hair transplant surgery has continued to evolve and now delivers permanent, safe, natural results that look fantastic.
However, there’s no denying this scientific discovery remains fascinating. Join us as we take a closer look.
The advantages of growing hair from human skin cells
In the minority of cases, people experiencing hair loss may be unsuitable candidates for hair transplant surgery. As the traditional procedure involves taking healthy hair follicles from the back and / or sides of the head, the patient must have enough hair remaining to facilitate this process.
If not, the surgery is not viable.
Growing hair from human skill cells would revolutionize hair restoration for these individuals. As the treatment wouldn’t be dependent on the patient’s remaining hair, patients who have lost skin on their scalp or are affected by a disease would no longer have to wear wigs.
The treatment was successfully tested in labs and continued research looks positive. However, actually bringing the process into everyday practice with patients is still some way off, but it could potentially be a necessary new option for people affected by hair loss.
More conventional hair transplant options
While the process of creating healthy hairs from human skin cells is still in development, traditional hair transplant methods continue to help people the world over.
The majority of individuals looking to regain natural hair growth in balding areas qualify for the procedure, enabling them to undergo restorative surgery with ease.
Most patients belong to the group of men suffering from Male Pattern Baldness — the most common cause of hair loss amongst men across the globe. This is triggered by genetics, hormonal changes, and other factors.
Male Pattern Baldness starts to manifest at the crown or just above the forehead, spreading across the scalp as the patient ages. The entire scalp is almost never affected, with the sides and back essentially genetically ‘programmed’ to resist balding.
The main techniques employed in cutting-edge hair transplant surgery are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both involve extracting units from those areas of the scalp unaffected by hair loss, and both tend to result in a fast, smooth recovery process.
However, FUE is the clear winner as there is no visible scarring. Patients undergoing this surgery can expect to make a full recovery in four to six months if they follow instructions and advice properly.
FUT is a fine solution for people wearing their hair longer, as the linear scar on the scalp will be covered, but it does deny patients a degree of freedom. FUE is ideal for all hair lengths, due to this lack of visible scarring.
Are you curious about undergoing hair transplant surgery? Call HairPalace to speak with a member of our friendly, honest team!