Reversing Hair Loss

reversing hair loss mice

The reality of reversing hair loss has become a step closer for the human head! Research carried out by Dr Mayumi Ito has helped to regrow hair in skin that previously was unable to grow any. Work carried out on scar tissue in mice has helped to regrow hair that couldn’t previously grow. This has been done by using knowledge already gained about the iconic Sonic HedgeHog Protein Pathway. You can read the full paper in Nature by clicking here.

In this blog we aim to summarise the key findings and what the research means to hair loss sufferers worldwide.

Background to the research

The Sonic HedgeHog Protein Pathway is a method through which cells can pass messages to each other. One of the messages it signals is to promote hair growth in a developing fetus. Scientists were then able to show that after injecting the Sonic HedgeHog Protein into a mouse’s bald patches, the mouce’s resting hair follicles started to grow hair again (2).

The study generated a lot of optimism around a hair loss cure coming sooner rather than later. However, with concerns around treatment potentially causing some skin cancers any more research was put on halt (3).

So what is the latest news?

Dr Ito and her team from the NYU School of Medicine, have just released a paper based on some very interesting research around the Sonic HedgeHog Protein. They tested the Sonic HedgeHog Protein on skin that could not grow hair after the hair follicles and skin tissue had been damaged. By using the protein they were able to improve wound healing but also spark renewed hair follicle and hair shaft growth- thereby reversing hair loss! And importantly, they were also able to do this without increasing the risk of skin cancers too.

Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the Sonic Hedgehog Pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing. Dr Mayumi Ito

With 50% of men suffering from hair loss by 50, the potential for treatments to reverse hair loss in areas that are completely bald is good news.  The research sheds more light on why hair doesn’t grow in ageing skin. It also gives us more information on why men and women bald in the first place. By understanding how we can reverse hair loss, we gain more knowledge on what causes it in the first place.

For those who have suffered injuries or burns this is also interesting research. The skin after suffering trauma or a burns, tends not to regrow hair. This happens because the hair follicles are damaged. Now the Sonic HedgeHog Protein can regrow hair in similarly damaged skin, this can be used in future to help regrow hair in skin that has previously been burnt or scarred.

So what’s the future?

Right now the research still needs to be developed. It offers new information on how balding happens and what we can do to reverse hair loss. Currently, the only method of reversing hair loss in areas that are completely bald is a hair transplant. If you wanted to find out more about which treatments you would benefit most from, please don’t hesitate to contact our Surgeons today- click here.

References

(1) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07142-9

(2) https://www.jci.org/articles/view/7691

(3)https://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Procter+%26+Gamble+%28PG%29+to+Terminate+Pact+with+Curis+%28CRIS%29/2241793.html

(4) https://med.nyu.edu/cellbiology/faculty/secondary-faculty/mayumi-ito

(5) https://www.hairlosscure2020.com/category/mayumi-ito/

(6) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181128082747.htm

(7) https://nyulangone.org/press-releases/researchers-regrow-hair-on-wounded-skin

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9768360

 

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FUE Hair Transplant Recovery: What You Need To Know

Hair Transplant recovery Before and After hair growth

“What is the recovery like after an FUE hair transplant?” This is a question asked by all of our patients at The Treatment Rooms London! As it is such an important topic, we decided to write a blog explaining what you need to know about the recovery after your hair transplant procedure.

We will cover five main points:

  1. What will I look like after the FUE hair transplant?
  2. How long will I need to rest for and when can I go back to work?
  3. When can I start to wash and style my hair like I normally do?
  4. How long will it take for my FUE hair transplant to grow?
  5. What happens if I start to lose more hair?

 

If you wanted to see a series of blogs by a patient recovering after their FUE hair transplant at The Treatment Rooms London- Click Here!

What will I look like after the FUE hair transplant?

During your FUE hair transplant you will have your hair cut to a grade zero on the back and sides with lots of small “red dots” where hairs have been extracted (donor site). You will see implanted hairs sitting freely at the top of the scalp (recipient site), these will embed into their new position. Any bandages you have are usually removed the very next day after operation. So essentially you are left with a very short hair cut, with “red dots” on the back and scabby hairs on top.

Our patients often worry how long they will look like this. Of course it varies from person to person. If you’re someone with thick hair that grows quickly, the donor site can be covered in as quick as three days. For most people it is well healed and covered in five days.

The implanted hairs in the recipient site can be more obvious. At The Treatment Rooms London we can perform our FUE hair transplants without having to shave the top of your head. So your existing hairs can be used to cover the implanted hairs immediately. We also take care to clean and hydrate the transplanted hairs to reduce any scab formation. Scabs that do form should disappear by seven days after the hair transplant. You can help by gently soaking the scabs with the salt water spray provided for you. It is very important not to pick the scabs, as this may pull the new hair roots out with it, let the scabs fall out naturally!

Most people have no visible signs of surgery by seven days apart from your newly implanted hairs.

It takes 14 days for the implanted hair grafts to fully embed within your scalp after a hair transplant. For that reason we advise all our patients to take care for the first two weeks.

How long will I need to rest for after FUE hair transplant surgery and when can I go back to work?

At The Treatment Rooms London we advise at least four days rest even though most people are technically fit to go back to work the very next day. It is important to remember your new hairs are very delicate and need more attention in the first few days as they start to embed into the scalp. Our busiest patients often have their procedure on a Friday; allowing them to rest fully on the weekend; then work from home on Monday and Tuesday; finally returning to the office on Wednesday. You may prefer to take a few more days off as your transplant will disguise better with time. Some people may need to take off up to two weeks if their work involves strenuous activity.

When can I start to wash and style my hair like I normally do?

It takes 14 days for the implanted hair grafts to fully embed within your scalp after a hair transplant. For that reason we advise all our patients to take care for the first two weeks. By day five you are able to wash your hair. By day ten you should be able to style your hair whichever way you prefer and apply hair products you normally use. After 14 days following your hair transplant, you are free to do whatever you like to your hair including going to the gym and having a hair cut as your new grafts are now “rooted in”.

How long will it take for my FUE hair transplant to grow?

At The Treatment Rooms London we have seen our patients grow their transplant as quick as 5 months. This is very quick and rare! We advise that full results are seen at 12-18 months post-transplant.

Patience following a hair transplant is key as you will need to wait for the hairs to initially shed and then regrow over 1 year. After the first 8 months approximately 80% of your implanted grafts should have started to grow. By 12 months 100% of your grafts should have grown. However, over the next 6 months these hairs will become thicker giving your hair a fuller appearance.

What happens if I start to lose more hair?

At The Treatment Rooms London we make sure we create a master plan for your hair loss. Although transplanted hairs are lifelong you may continue to lose surrounding hair throughout your lifetime so it is important to plan for it. This may include a combination of medications and hair transplantation, but by doing so we help you tackle hair loss now and for the future, reducing the chances of you undergoing another hair transplant.

If you would like to find out more then book in for a free consultation with one of our surgeons – simply click here to contact us now.

 

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-treatments/hair-transplant/
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss/
  3. https://patient.info/health/male-pattern-baldness
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2956961/

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You snooze, you lose! When should you start your fight against male pattern baldness?

male Hair Loss clinic london

This blog explores hair loss, male pattern baldness and some simple considerations to keep your hair healthy.

We’ve all sat on a busy London tube or black cab looking at a glossy poster offering dramatic hair loss solutions or the latest in hair transplant surgery. Despite being presented with so many treatments for male pattern baldness it’s hard to know just how much hair loss is affecting you, and more importantly, when you should consider acting on it?

What is Hair Loss and what is Male Pattern Baldness?

Hair loss (also known as alopecia) simply means losing hair where it previously grew. In male pattern baldness, this happens in a certain distribution affecting mainly the temples and the crown but not the back and sides of your head (as depicted by the Norwood Scale). It’s caused by testosterone having a damaging effect on genetically exposed hair roots on your scalp. It can start in the teens and affect as much as 50% of men by the age of 50.

What is the difference between normal hair loss and advancing male pattern baldness?

Your hair roots go through cycles, part of which includes shedding of the hair itself. As part of the normal hair loss cycle, 50 to 100 hairs will fall out each day and eventually a new hair will regrow from those roots. Where hair roots are susceptible to testosterone it results in:

  • A significantly larger number of hairs being shed
  • A reduction in the speed of hair regrowth
  • Hairs that do grow- appear thin, discoloured and fragile

Do I need treatment for my hair loss?

The honest answer is – you don’t. Some people place great emphasis on hair as part of their appearance. Others simply don’t care. Hair loss is nothing new, but with a wide array of treatments out there, gone are the days where it is something you are forced to accept. If you are someone who values your hair, then think about making a long-term investment into preserving it. You should start from an early stage to use simple techniques and treatments to protect your hair.

What can I do to protect against hair loss?

Don’t forget that your hair is a living organ. It requires a good blood supply, oxygen, nutrients and vitamins for vitality. A healthy diet is therefore very important, you can even supplement your diet with B-vitamins, biotin, zinc and selenium which have been shown to improve hair growth. Simple caffeine shampoos have a potential benefit in stimulating hair follicles thus increasing their vitality. However, this should be used intermittently throughout the week as overuse may result in over stimulation of the scalp.

Avoid active damage to your hair:

  • Protect it from sun damage using a hat
  • Try not to use heavy products on your hair which are potentially toxic
  • Avoid excessive heat from hair dryers and straighteners

Lifestyle factors also play an important role in hair loss with smoking and stress being well known contributors to the balding process.

Click here for more information on male hair loss. Look out for our next blog where we explore the different medical treatments available in hair loss.

If you would like a health check for your hair or to find out more about your own hair loss, book a free consultation with The Treatment Rooms, London today.

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