Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hair Transplant Research

Hello, my name is Dr. Luis Nader, I have dedicated my life to hair transplant and hair restoration research.

As I have had hair loss since I was 18 years old, my quest for a hair loss solution took me through medical school, laboratory specialties and then hair restoration and hair transplant surgery.

Obviously the quest for a better solution is an ongoing process, and hair multiplication and hair cloning has been a priority for me.

Currently we are working on different harvesting methods, cultivation and stem cell growth mediums. On the other hand, we are working with the hair follicle itself, the one that has stopped producing hair shafts. The follicle being still there has still a way to reverse itself back to growth, and cloning and hair multiplication will be unnecessary. Both investigations will result in a more less agressive, more conservative approach to an alopecia treatment alternative.
The reason why we can't dicard one or the other is because all patients are different. Burnt or scared patients lose the hair stell cell follicles in the area of skin in question, and may not benefit from "hair reversal" system. These patients may need a form of hair transplant from their existing hair follicles or hair multiplication and cloning techniques.

On another note, hair multiplication, cloning and hair engineering will soon be a state of the art practice. In probably less than 10 years have the possibility to have injections of "red hair" producing hair stem cells, and change the color of hair permanently, or change from wavy to straight hair.

Then there is allografting, in which we will be able to harvest donor hair from another patient, grow it and make it reproduce in a culture medium, and eliminate all immunologic traits as to make it 100% compatible. The problem with this technology at the moment is that a hair graft has skin and adipose tissue surrounding the graft which is highly immunogenic, which in simple terms means that when you insert it into another person, that person's immune system thinks it is a foreign body and rejects it. Adipose tissue is an important part of a hair graft, and it is indispensable for hair survival. It is the "wall that protects the castle".
Still, there are ways to bypass an immune response and other alternatives that we are researching and developing for a near future.

I would love some input, positive or negative on the subject. I would also love for people to ask questions. There is a lot to discuss, a lot to learn from both parts.

By the way, I have had two hair transplants and I am currently a guinnea pig for another of my research projects. :)
Future blogs will be posted on the subject, soon.

Yours truly

Dr. Luis Nader