The main problem today in hair transplants is the need to redistribute existing hair on the scalp, so that successful transplantation also achieves less than desired hair density. A new method of hair transplantation, already in use since September 2004, aim to solve this problem, even if only partially, and send the field of hair transplant to a new era.
Hair Replication vs. Replication of hair follicles
The first method already in use is replication follicles, a method developed by the GHO Clinic. In this laboratory study, it is revealed that hair follicles can grow at two different parts in them. Based on this discovery, follicles are cut into two parts separately transplanted areas where there is thin hair or no hair at all, as if one of the parts is too small, it won’t grow hair thus the cutting should be done fairly accurate. GHO argue that constant improvement achieved in the process of crop of follicles, and now success percentages are approximately 80% (compared to only 50% Not so long ago). During the study of this method, another remarkable discovery called “Pili Multigemini” has been discovered – scalp hair follicles are organized in small groups. When the upper parts of the cut hair follicles implanted in groups of two or three units, they can grow up to five hairs! So this method can increase the density of the recipient scalp hair twice or more and get close to the density of natural hair.
Second method developed by the GHO Clinic and Bazan Institute called hair cloning. It supposed to provide an unlimited amount of hair and allow reaching normal density and will appear as an entirely natural looking hair. The method is based on the transplantation of skin cells taken from the skin layer of the donor’s area. These cells (also testing the option of harvesting them from another person), would fertilize the areas of transplanted skin, causing them to produce new hair follicles. Those follicles are supposed to be resistant to the hormone DHT. This method is already available at Bazan as the experimental group but cost full charge.
Is the promise of unlimited amount of hair makes hair cloning the ultimate method?
Although this method entails great promise, there are still some question marks about it. Bazan and GHO also rarely provide details about the system. However, it is already known that some of the new hair follicles are not resistant to the effect of DHT. If these news are correct, there may an issue regarding the uniformity in the density of the hair at the implanted areas where too many follicles not resistant to DHT, grow such hair. This lack of aesthetics, completely deny the possibility of using this method the front areas of the scalp, where the patient will have to pass another hair transplant with methods that exist today.
So what to do?
Two of those methods of hair transplantation are quite expensive and cost of treatment can reach tens of thousands of dollars. For those of you already on the way to pack suitcases, the recommendation is to wait. Besides cost, there is concern about the durability of new hair follicles over time. Since these hair transplant techniques developed during recent years, there is no way of knowing that new hair follicles will function normally for many full growth cycles as regular hair transplant.