A cure for baldness? Researchers claim a new hair growth technique could offer hope for female-pattern balding, diseases that cause hair loss and those who suffer hair loss due to severe burns.
Scientists say they have successfully cloned cells from hair follicles and injected them back into human skin. Dr. Rashid Rashid at Houston's Hair Transplant Center says this could revolutionize treatment for hair loss.
“In theory, someone may come in one day, I'll extract five hairs instead of 5,000, grow them in the lab, have the patient come back in a week and we'll implant them in two hours,” Rashid tells KTRH News.
But such a procedure won't come cheap.
“Right now hair transplants cost from $2,000-12,000 a transplant,” says Rashid. “I imagine this initially will cost more, but slowly come down with time.”
And Rashid says it could take two to 10 years before everyone has access to it.
“We haven't been able to grow anything in a lab properly yet, maybe hair will be the first or maybe it won't,” he says. “There is always a downsize to anything grown in a lab, it can overgrow, it can become infected, they're going to have to study this for a few years.”
In the meantime, Rashid says products such as Rogaine and Propecia have proved to be successful treatments for hair loss.