A baldness solution - Future of hair cloning
3. The Future
The obstacles encountered.
There are at least four obstacles. First, the injection of human stem cells shall be permitted only after it will be proved that there is no risk of tumor formation.
Secondly, all the experiments made on animals until now produced a shapeless zone of hair, growing in all directions, often discoloured or having different colors and for the inercytex test, no precision was given.
Thirdly, very little-known and rarely discussed, Dr. Kim (one of the major Korean researcher) explained me that for him the major obstacle was the next: nowadays cloned hair grows only once. The interest in cloning will be weaker if the patients have to make injections of new stem cells every three years.
Finally hair grow as unit hair and not of follicles two, three or four hair and this factor may disappoint patients in terms of density.
Hair multiplication (improperly named cloning) is the great and expected revolution that could bring a fabulous weapon to combat baldness and hair loss. Unfortunately, we will have to wait a few more years so to master it properly. Many unknowns remain: the cost, the quality of the regrowth, and the life duration of the multiplied hair. Probably, it will take place in the therapeutic arsenal available to us as a great way to be independent of the current donor area limits.
Should we wait for the hair multiplication venue and delay the decision of a hair transplant?
As this technology will see its final form, completely controlled, in the next future and considering that there is a slightly chance of replacing completely the classic hair transplant, particularly as far as the reconstruction of the anterior line is concerned, nowadays it is not reasonable to postpone the decision for a hair transplant.
Finally I would like to give my opinion, my own personal view, which is the fruit of my readings and information gleaned during the ISHRS and ESHRS Congress in the last few years.
I do not believe that the current results are as promising as Intercytex says. Obviously, there is some progress, but there are still many obstacles. I am struck by the lack of information given.
How can you explain that the official website of Intercitex is so little verbose in terms of communicating results?
I think that if the results were truly extraordinary, the media hype would otherwise more important. Moreover, when making the presentations on the subject, during the ESHRS or ISHRS Congress over the past three years Dr. Farjo, Dr. Jerry Coley, Dr. Washenick, Dr. Kim did not show a great enthusiasm nor fool hopes. They refer to technical progress as I've described them above, but often they postpone the end of all these research to more years.