Hair Restoration Research and the Future

Hair loss is assumed by many—quite wrongly—to be something that solely affects men. This certainly isn’t so, because there are many (many) women who also have issues with thinning hair and hair loss.

Hair Restoration Research and the Future

Hair loss is assumed by many—quite wrongly—to be something that solely affects men. This certainly isn’t so, because there are many (many) women who also have issues with thinning hair and hair loss.  

No matter what your gender, losing your crowning glory or overly thin hair can have massive psychological repercussions. While, as of yet, there’s no cut and dried solution to the problem, scientific advancements mean that there are many things that can be done to stop hair loss and, in many cases, help restore volume and thickness.

The following looks at hair restoration today and what treatments we can expect to see hitting the market in the next years and decades. 

Hair Restoration: today, tomorrow, and into the future

  • Hair restoration treatment today
  • Hair restoration treatment in the next few years
  • The future of hair restoration 

Hair restoration treatment today

Today’s hair restoration treatments are completely different from those that were first pioneered in the 20th century. From medication to promote growth to advanced hair transplantations, there are many excellent ways that can effectively reverse certain types of hair loss, including male-pattern baldness and even alopecia. These are either medication-led or via physical hair transplants.

The medication route includes drugs, such as  

Minoxidil: An over-the-counter product that’s applied daily to the affected area. It doesn’t work for everyone, and it takes around 6 months before results are seen.

Finasteride: This prescription drug is for men and is taken orally. It’s not so effective in those aged 60+ and needs to be taken continuously for any results to be permanent.

Other medications that might be prescribed by a dermatologist or hair specialist, include spironolactone and dutasteride. 

Hair transplants are another method of hair restoration, with the procedure being way more advanced than the first efforts back in the 1980s. Today, hair plugs—as they’re sometimes known—are natural-looking and permanent. It’s only suitable for those who have hereditary baldness, and not those who suffer from conditions, such as alopecia. 

Hair restoration treatment in the next few years

Ongoing research means that in the next few years we might see other treatments, like cloning, become a reality. Such advancement is already in the making, with scientists working hard to make the process a reality. It’s believed that such cutting-edge treatment might become viable within as little as 5 years. 

The basics of the process will involve injecting hair seeds into the area where hair is thinning or has been lost. This will then grow into a brand-new follicle. While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, the study and testing of the processes are already well underway. 

The future of hair restoration 

Medication will likely feature heavily in the future. The success of Finasteride is already benefiting men who begin to take it when hair thinning first starts. This drug was originally developed to treat an enlarged prostate, but the hair-growth advantages became apparent during tests. 

It works by lowering levels of the hormone that’s linked to hair loss. Avodart is another example of a prostate drug that’s also showing great promise in halting hair loss.

A huge amount of research is being done on the subject of both male and female hair thinning and hair loss. It’s only a matter of time before the discovery of a safe and effective medication will come to light. Of course, for those suffering from hair loss issues right now, this might not fill you with joy. However, the options available today are far more advanced than what was available 10 or even 5 years ago.

The key to taking advantage of the latest treatments is to partner with a dermatologist who specializes in the subject. That way you can be sure that your clinician will be completely up to date with what’s available and advise you when any new treatments come to the market. 

Worried About Thinning Hair or Loss? Contact the Experts at Bayou City Dermatology 

No matter what your age or gender, at Bayou City we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy their best head of hair. Our dermatologists are some of the finest in the business. From discovering the root cause to putting the ultimate treatment plan in place, you can rest assured that our clinical hair loss experts will get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. 

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