Is There a Cure for Baldness?
The cure for baldness is one of the main concerns for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Likewise, people who suffer from hair loss continue to look for solutions that help stop, or even miraculously reverse, total hair loss.
Let’s see what are the different treatments available on the market, and what options are the best depending on your hair loss problem.
- Why is There No Cure for Baldness?
- How has the Industry Reacted?
- What is the Most Effective Cure Against Baldness?
- How Long do the Effects of a Hair Transplant Last?
Why is There No Cure for Baldness?
Let’s be honest, today, there is no definitive cure for baldness.
Around 40% of men in the UK will lose their hair completely from some type of hair loss, including areata, fibrosing, diffuse, scarring or androgenic alopecia. Finding a common cure for all these types of baldness is almost impossible as there are different types of hair loss.
The cause of baldness for someone who suffers from male pattern baldness is completely different from someone who suffers from alopecia areata, traction alopecia, or hair loss due to an immune system imbalance. Similarly the appearance of hair loss can appear differently with bald spots, a receding hairline, patchy hair loss or thinning hair presenting in patients.It is not possible to give a generic solution to a problem that often presents the same symptoms but is different in its origin depending on each patient.
Researchers have continued to search for the cure for baldness. A protein known as KROX20 has been shown to indicate to cells in the skin to turn into hair. These then produce stem cells which contribute to hair pigmentation.
Furthermore JAK inhibitors, enzymes in the hair follicles, have proven to promote strong hair growth. However more studies are still required to understand the properties of these treatments and how effective they can be in the long term.
How has the Industry Reacted?
Androgenetic alopecia is the type of baldness that has attracted the most attention from the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. This is due in large part to its high incidence among men over 30 years of age. The vast majority of patients with chronic baldness fall into this group.
It is important to keep in mind that this type of alopecia is progressive and has no permanent cure. All the hair loss treatments described below serve to slow down the fall, but not to repopulate the scalp:
- Minoxidil: product for topical use that should be used daily in order to prevent hair loss and promote hair regrowth in areas with lower capillary density.
- Finasteride and Dutasteride: medications taken orally, initially formulated to treat other pathologies. They help slow down the fall, although sometimes they can lead to detrimental side effects.
- Platelet rich plasma: the enriched plasma is obtained by centrifuging the patient’s own blood, which is then injected into the areas to be treated to stimulate growth.
- Microneedling: consists of stimulating the scalp by creating small holes up to one and a half millimetres deep, in order to increase the size of the follicle and promote hair growth. This treatment can be carried out at home with a capillary dermaroller.
- Laser: used at low power and is usually recommended in cases where it is necessary to thicken the follicle.
What is the Most Effective Cure Against Baldness?
Based on the fact that there is no cure for baldness as such, the treatment that has offered the most satisfactory long-term results is a hair transplant.
In this surgical procedure, follicular units are extracted from an area of the head that is immune to the hormone that causes androgenetic alopecia, and they are very carefully implanted in the recipient area. There are currently two main hair transplant techniques in use.
Increasingly in disuse, with the strip technique a strip of skin from the donor area is extracted which is one centimetre wide and about 20 centimetres long. After suturing the area, the follicles are removed from the strip one by one to be implanted in areas with lower capillary density. With this technique there can be scarring in the donor area where the strip has been removed.
In this case, a hollow circular needle is used to extract the follicles individually from the donor area, without having to remove a section of skin. The rest of the procedure is the same as FUT. In both cases, it is possible to carry out the implantation process with different methods depending on the severity of the area to be treated, such as the DHI or Sapphire techniques.
How Long do the Effects of a Hair Transplant Last?
If, when talking about drugs, side effects and the temporary nature of the benefits obtained, hair transplantation surpasses the rest of the treatments thanks to the durability of its effects.
The duration of the hair transplant at the hands of an experienced surgeon is practically unlimited, since the transplanted hair does not fall out beyond the natural fall that occurs with capillary ageing. It is the ultimate baldness cure , or at least the closest, most cost-effective and long-lasting solution.
It is important to underscore the following advantages of this technique:
- There are no severe side effects, rejections or complications.The body identifies the transplanted follicle as its own and thus natural growth is achieved.
- Except for specific complications related to your medical history,transplantation is a technique that adapts to all types of patients.After the initial consultation, it is only necessary to decide the most appropriate technique to start the procedure. Our professionals carry out a complete analysis of the state of your health along with your hair, to find out if the transplant is viable.
Even years after the hair transplant, the patient’s hair is completely normal, so this treatment is, today, the most effective alternative to say goodbye to alopecia forever. Contact one of our specialists today to find out how you can receive a transplant and have a full head of hair again.