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Hair Follicle Cloning - Is It The Future?

Over recent years there have been huge advancements in stem cell and cloning techniques which have been used to find a cure for androgenetic alopecia or hair loss as it’s commonly know and there has been much in the scientific and medical press about the possibility of cloning hair follicles from healthy areas of the scalp and re-injecting the cells back in to the bald areas of the scalp where they would act healthy and hopefully produce hair.

Hair neogenesis could be replicated by isolating healthy dermal papillae from a hair follicle which is then put in to a culture to multiple; the new (or cloned) papillae are then placed in to the skin where they re-programme surrounding cells to produce new hair. Research scientist 40 years ago found that this technique worked very well on rats but for some reason on humans the dermal papillae lost the ability to induce hair growth when cloned.

This roadblock was recently overcome by scientists working at Durham University in England with promising results. However, this is a long way from reaching the clinical trial stage and therefore even further from it being used as an effective treatment for hair loss. There is also some concern about side effects of this technique and some scientist have suggested that the cloned cells may be more prone to becoming cancerous.

Whilst we welcome new advances in the science of hair loss we don’t expect to be using these techniques any time- there are simply too many unknowns at the moment. Our medical team at Ailesbury Hair Clinic will continue to keep abreast of developments in this area and will continue to offer all clients the very best in hair loss treatment.

The Ailesbury Technique of AHI (Aesthetic Hair Integration) based on upon Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT) we believe offers the best, non-invasive solution to hair loss and we have many thousands of clients who will testify to this.

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