Increasing the success of natural hair implant surgery

May 25, 2012 – New research from scientists has indicated several ways in which the success of hair implant (育毛) surgeries and hair transplantation may be increased. The research, which was carried out on mice by researchers from different renowned American universities had three major findings which include
A hair rising trick which can raise the success of transplants
A technique that could lead stimulate growth of new hair follicles from cells
Coaxing of transplanted hair which can lead to it connecting with surrounding tissue, resulting in better transplants
The results of the studies have shown some hope in the way in which new 育毛s surgeries can be carried out. The new method as noted by the researchers is unlike the current hair transplant method which involves moving follicles to one area, in that it has the possibility to result into growth of new hair follicles should the study be feasible in humans. As George Cotsarelis, a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist, notes of the study, “It’s exciting because it shows a cell-based approach for treating hair loss is maybe feasible”
On the studies carried out
The study co-author, Tsuji of Tokyo University of Science in Chiba together with a few other colleagues had bioengineered hair follicles and shafts using mice’s epithelial and mesenchymal cells. This experiment was based on the fact that hair follicles form from the interaction of mesenchymal and epithelial cells. It is the mesenchymal cells that direct epithelial cells to produce a follicle. However, Tsuji and colleagues were not sure that the follicles would make normal hair if they got into the mouse skin until this study aimed at bettering the 育毛 technology was carried out.
The study involved injection of the bioengineered hair follicles into hairless mice skin upon which they formed normal hair in two weeks. The hair responded to acetylcholine injection around the follicle indicating that it had connected well with the muscle. The scientists also engaged in positioning the hair right so that it does not grow in the wrong direction and form cysts.
These studies have not yet been proven feasible in humans as they have only been carried out in mice. As Cotsarelis notes, “these findings do not show whether the number of human hair follicles can be amplified, so that more hair is produced”. However, the study results do give a lot of hope regarding the future improvement of the hair implant (育毛) technology.
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