In 2017, almost every day, a large number of news sources highlight the discovery of new remedies for hair loss. We have seen everything; photos on advertisements with a “Before” and “After” head-up or complimentary articles on the internet that tout the release of a new miracle cure that causes regrowth of missing hair. Nevertheless, these “so-called” miracle remedies are only rarely available and too often in the eye.
Although there are still promising discoveries to end one day with baldness. For 20 years, there have been no new formal treatments approved by the larger FDA or MHRA regulators. The latest being Finasteride in 1997 sold under the name Propecia and the first drug approved in 1988 minoxidil.
What about in 2016 discoveries made in the field of baldness? What are the most promising treatments that could become a reality in the future? And what are the current treatments of 2016 and 2017 the most effective? If you have any of these questions, follow the guide to find out more.
The most effective baldness treatments 2015/2016
PRP injection (Plasma rich in platelets)
This is one of the current treatments popular with people with hair loss, unfortunately it is not accessible to everyone. Used in private clinics and beauty salons, this is the preferred solution for stars and celebrities such as professional athlete James LeBron or golf player Tiger Woods who also used this therapy to hide his baldness.
It is a known and used treatment for decades in the field of hair re-growth. Studies conducted in 2011 confirmed that this treatment is suitable for both men and women. It is extremely effective for patients who suffer from Alopecia areata. The results obtained by this treatment are very promising and the changes are quickly visible in a few days.
The problem of PRP treatment is that it is only available in some clinics and is not yet very affordable (about one thousand euros for the two sessions).. The doctors who offer this treatment are still few. However, treatment is becoming more widespread and should become more widespread in the coming years, which should lower prices.
How the PRP injection works
PRP injection changes the composition of the blood that irrigates the hair follicles to stimulate hair growth. In other words, the patient’s blood is collected, processed and enriched with substances that activate the growth of the hair and the resulting plasma is re-injected directly into the scalp with a thin needle. It is a safe method and the results are reliable with a quick and natural hair re-growth. It takes several injections for optimal efficiency..
The laser, laser headset or laser comb
While many people are still generally skeptical when told about the laser to promote hair re-growth, therapies laser have been used more and more in recent years and have proved effective. The best clinics use it, which is not without reason.
You do not have to go to a clinic or specialized institute to enjoy the benefits of the laser. This treatment has no side effects and has been improved and miniaturized in the form of a helmet and laser comb that can now be purchased and used at least once a week at home.
Transplantation of hair follicles
It is a surgical technique of hair implantation in the scalp. It is the only effective solution to fill the bald areas that no longer have active hair follicles, affected by genetic baldness.
The transplant is a method of hair restoration in which the hair follicles are extracted from the areas of the head where the hair is thicker and in larger numbers under local anesthesia, and then implanted on the area affected by baldness, usually the top of the skull. There are several methods of transplantation: FUT technique, mini-punch technique, FUE technique that improves and become more efficient and less visible and irritating than before.
There are also natural treatments that are more and more effective to use rather so as to strengthen the hair, stimulate growth and limit the loss.
New promising baldness treatments
Pharmaceutical companies are aware of the great demand that exists to cure the problems of hair loss. Research in the hair field and more precisely the solutions to bring about hair regrowth have never been as active as today in the 4 corners of the world. It is clear that the first to find an effective remedy will be a huge commercial success.
Thanks to this enthusiasm in the search for very promising leads and breakthroughs have already been achieved in the field especially with stem cells so cell cloning and regeneration of the follicle. These medical breakthroughs could change the lives of many people with baldness in a few years.
Stem cell therapy
By using stem cell therapy in the treatment of hair loss, the results could be staggering. Research in this area is encouraging and may one day end baldness for virtually all patients. Sanford-Burnham researchers working on stem cell use say they have been successful in making hair follicles and getting new hair from stem cells.
The huge advantage of this technique is that the hair transplant procedure would be feasible without needing to tap into the donor area and therefore without any limit on the number of transplantable grafts. See more info on hair cloning.
Capillary cloning could also be a promising technique against hair loss that is still in research. Scientists have discovered that hair follicles that remain dormant in the bald scalp could be cloned by taking cells from them and re-injecting them into the scalp. Like when you plant a cutting in botany.
In 2012, Japanese researchers announced that they successfully reproduced whole human hair in laboratory mice from extracted cells. This opens up good prospects for healing the most serious cases of baldness.
Research in the United States has uncovered the molecular mechanism that allows the Fgf9 protein to regenerate follicles after healing, for example. With this mechanism, a new treatment could emerge in a few years, it would consist of removing layers of cells on the skull to trigger the work of regeneration of the epidermis. The Fgf9 protein would then be used to generate new hair follicles.