Hair treatments are progressing quickly. First, innovations continue to surface and improve. As important, surgeons are increasingly offering the latest techniques to meet demand.
FUE Europe’s and the AHRBS’s recent conference focused on these new advancements and concerns. Patient advocacy was a primary theme, including how to offer effective treatments. Leaders within the industry, Drs. Bisanga and Cole attended as speakers and instructors. Expect a recap blog post soon!
Reputable surgeons will always watch on the latest industry developments. Promising concepts, though, are quite different from implementation and results. The advancements we list below are merely some that may yield improvements or fizzle out as research continues.
Hair Transplants vs. Hair Treatments
Hair transplants, right now, are the only way to boost coverage long term via a one-time procedure. Not every patient is the best candidate for a transplant, however. Hair treatments, in such cases, are still often a choice.
Many people who undergo regular treatments, or routinely apply take-home remedies, typically enjoy decent to excellent results. Said growth or retention depends on the product, of course. This is why receiving a consultation from a reputable physician is quite important.
Most hair transplant treatments are one of two types. First, there are take-home treatments. Second, there are advanced serums that require an outpatient appointment. Hair treatments range a good deal already. The newest crop of available treatments, though, are showing even greater potential.
One of the few potential treatments for alopecia areata, JAK inhibitors are showing great promise. Researchers began investigating the treatment type around 2014. Conclusions have varied but multiple teams, including one from Yale, have seen promise.
Tests for alopecia areata often involve the Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT). A score of 100 means baldness and zero means no hair loss.
Its effects range quite a bit. One study indicated a third enjoying a +50% change score, a third ranging from 5%-50%, and a third, currently, with less than a 5% change. Other studies show responders to the treatment enjoying over 90% remittance.
A few types of SFRP1 blockers exist, one being an osteoporosis treatment. Further, methyl vanillate has proven effective. An androgen that causes hair loss, SFRP1 effect WNT pathways that are vital to main growth.
The type of SFRP1 blocker matters as well. One, the immunosuppressant cyclosporine A, had too many side effects to continue use. A number of advanced options are being explored, though their introduction to the market may take some time. An early and all-natural option, topical sprays containing methyl vanillate are already available. Effects range, though most boost hair density by 10% and WNT levels to around 30%.
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell treatments are making progress. A serum for injection into the patient’s scalp, stem cell treatments require small biopsies from hair-bearing regions. These then receive dissection to separate regular tissue from stem cell-bearing tissue. From there, they then receive processing into a serum.
Current growth increases are around 30%. Of even greater note, the treatment type should continue gaining in potency as research into effective dissection continues. Note, though, that the treatment requires greater effort to process than PRP. Clinics with the prerequisite skill, however, will find it very worthwhile.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a longstanding treatment for hair loss. Effectiveness truly depends on its manufacturing. Potency can range a great deal, particularly since condensation and catalysts play a significant role in its creation.
PRP also better increases growth and density with ACell, as well as prolongs duration. Patients that only receive PRP require it once every month or so. Those that receive PRP with ACell, meanwhile, only require injections once every year or half year.
Sonicated PRP’s catalyst can range. Its processing, though, involves sonication rather than centrifugation. The result is a vastly potent serum that can be five to eights times more potent than generic PRP. The effects show reflects this fact. Also, of note, hair transplant recipients can expect far quicker recovery; less than half a year instead of an entire year.
Topical Finasteride Treatments
The last treatment on our list, topical finasteride is showing phenomenal results. Once only available as a pill, prescriptions of finasteride are declining because of side effects. Topical formulas, however, show no sign of causing these problems.
Most formulas include with minoxidil, another hair loss formula that has been in wide circulation as a shampoo. Its ability to increase circulation may act in distributing finasteride to the scalp may help block antiandrogens. There have only been a few tests so far but patients, in fact, seem to enjoy better results than most clinic’s outpatient treatments.
Treatments will continue improving. Bisanga & Cole Hair Transplant stays atop of the latest research and includes new treatments when feasible. Expect the best quality of available treatments to help guarantee the best possible effectiveness.
As mentioned in the intro, though, transplants are the best option for most patients. Technique has improved a huge amount in the 21st century. A surgeon’s training and skillset are critical, however. The unfortunate truth is that many surgeons, dishonest or well-intended, are landing patients with subpar to disastrous results.
Helmed by two world-famous surgeons, Bisanga & Cole Hair Transplant’s mission is to correct this industry trend of exploiting patients. First, this means offering top-caliber hair transplants at rates competitive with subpar alternatives. Contact us today to learn further about what BCHT can do for you!