While modern treatments like Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction (rFUE), such as the ARTAS® process, and prescription creams have been treating hair loss, research continues into further treatment developments. Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon for the future of hair restoration.
Topical Treatments for Hair Loss
One intriguing prospect involves a chemical that mimics the smell of sandalwood. Sandalore is used to reproduce the scent of sandalwood in soaps and perfumes but at a lower cost than the much more expensive and endangered sandalwood. Interestingly, it’s the smell of Sandalore that’s triggering the hair regeneration.
Odorant chemicals trigger special cells in the nose but are not confined solely to that area. Research is indicating that the odorant chemicals in Sandalore stimulate an olfactory receptor called OR2AT4, which can be found in an outer layer of hair follicles. Sandalore appears to increase hair growth and decrease cell death. The research indicates that hair follicles can “smell” in a fashion due to the olfactory receptors there. Unlike some topical treatments, it appears that this would not affect hormones. The Sandalore research is preparing to move to the next phase of study and testing.
The Italian company Cassiopea is developing a skin cream called Breezula (originally called CB-03-01 or the chemical name Clascoterone) for hair loss. So far, it has decreased androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern hair loss, for up to 12 months in a phase two clinical trial. This cream blocks androgen hormones in hair follicles, which then increases hair growth. All the men in the phase two test group, as opposed to the control group, had improved hair growth after 12 months of applying the cream to their scalp once or twice a day. The control group had no such benefits from using the placebo. The phase two trial involved 400 men.
Stem Cells as a Hair Loss Treatment
Researchers in all aspects of medicine are studying stem cells and hair loss is no different. One study used human stem cells combined with mice cells and attached them into a form of biodegradable “scaffolding” made from the same thing used for dissolvable stitches. The framework helps the stem cells integrate into the scalp better, according to the research. Other stem cell research that’s currently underway involves trying to revive dormant hair follicles and creating “hair farms” where stem cells from a person’s own blood could be used to create new follicles.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is already available and gaining in popularity as a method of slowing the progression of thinning hair. Blood is taken from a patient and run through a centrifuge to derive beneficial growth factors and proteins, which are then injected into the scalp for hair follicle stimulation. The process repeats once a month for three months followed by booster treatments every three to six months. Little to no recovery time is needed for PRP treatments and the injections cause only minor discomfort, making it a convenient treatment method. RHRLI offers PRP treatments in addition to robotic hair restoration.
Laser Hair Loss Treatments
Older studies showed that laser light could stimulate hair follicles to increase growth. However, the equipment was bulky and expensive, making it impractical. New research is working to develop a smaller, lighter, and more flexible wearable devices. This new technology is currently being tested.
Other hair loss treatment options being explored are cloning and “banking” hair follicles, 3D printing hair and more. It’s quite possible that in 5-10 years, breakthrough treatments will be available for those who suffer from hair loss. What won’t change is that RHRLI will continue to offer to the most advanced, reliable methods of hair restoration. Check out our free online hair analysis to get started!
RHRLI Offers the Most Modern Hair Restoration
If you’re considering hair restoration treatment, RHRLI is the premier facility on Long Island and in New York City. Dr. Baiju Gohil is a board-certified hair restoration surgeon with many years of experience using state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques to create the hairline you want. With a free consultation, you’ll be able to meet with Dr. Gohil who will evaluate your hair loss and determine whether you’re a good candidate for ARTAS® hair restoration. Contact RHRLI today.