Hair Loss Treatments

Could a brittle bones drug be the cure for baldness?

By Alex

Research has suggested that shampooing with a drug that was originally designed to treat brittle bones could help cure baldness within days. Tests conducted by scientist have shown that the using the shampoo results in speedy growth in hair.

How does the treatment work?

The treatment, known as WAY-316606 works by blocking the naturally occurring protein that kills off growth and plays a key role in male baldness. The research found that the drug, which was originally developed for osteoporosis boosted hair growth from human hair follicles in just two days.

The discovery is still to be tested in clinical trials but it could open up a whole new approach to treating hair loss in both men and women. In tests, follicles donated by more than 40 patients who were currently undergoing hair transplant surgery were treated with the drug for six days. After this, the hair follicles quickly went into the active “anagen” phase of hair growth and began sprouting hair.

After just two days, the measured rate of hair shaft production increased significantly in the treated follicles.

Lead researcher Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from Manchester University said “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: it could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss.”

What other treatments are currently offered?

At current, there are only two hair loss medications, minoxidil and finasteride that are available for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Both drugs have side effects and results are not always satisfactory for every client.

Other hair restoration treatments include hair transplantation and advanced tricho pigmentation. A hair transplant is currently the most permanent form of hair restoration, the procedure works by transplanting hair follicles from one area of the scalp to another in order to build upon the appearance of a full head of hair.

Advanced tricho pigmentation is a pigmentation delivery system that uses pigmentation to build upon thinning hair to add the appearance of density and can also be used on those with little to no hair to create the appearance of a closely shaven scalp.

If you would like more information about treatments that are currently available, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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