At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, our providers work diligently to stay on top of the latest hair restoration technology. In recent news widely covered by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other prominent publications, reports have been released that researchers have developed a new method to promote new hair growth, a method that could potentially evolve into a better, more effective way of hair transplantation.
Within the study, which is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hair cells were clustered together in a lab by researchers and then transplanted in human skin grafted into mice. Subsequently, hair grew. Going into more detail, investigators took papilla cells from seven men undergoing hair transplants, cultured them in hanging drops and injected them into human skin grafts (made from the completely hairless foreskins of circumcised infants) placed onto mice. New hair follicles grew in five of the seven grafts.
DNA analysis confirms that new hair follicles genetically matched the human donors. However, the experiment’s results were not perfect: the hair follicles were not “normal.” In fact, they were missing the important sebaceous glands to keep the skin of the scalp moist.
Despite this, the discovery is a step in the right direction for hair restoration drug development. Current methods of hair restoration do not stimulate the growth of new hair—rather, hair transplants take hair follicles with their sebaceous glands from one part of the head, also known as the donor site, and place it in the thinning areas. Most importantly lasting, normal hair growth is also a requirement of successful hair transplantations. In addition, it is unknown whether the same results would be successful in humans. Additional research is needed for this technique since the study was very small and involved mice.
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