Hello Balding Blog!
Firstly, I would like to compliment you on a fair and unbiased blog, which really has comforted me since my hair loss has developed!
I would like to gauge your opinion on the developments in cell based treatments for hair loss. I recently read the following announcement from Histogen (Initial Results from Phase I/II Clinical Trial of HSC) detailing the result of clinical trials, which to a my untrained eye, looked very promising!
In general, do you think this and similar treatment (Repicel, Aderans) will play a more exigent role in hair loss treatments, over transplants and medications, in the near future?
Thank you for your time
At the ISHRS meeting last month, there was a great focus that the cure for hair loss will come from mechanisms that awaken the stem cells that are already in the head of balding people. Prostaglandin D2 seems to prevent hair growth, while other prostaglandins compete with it to control the growth. If a drug can block the effects of prostaglandin D2, this could be the cure for balding that we are all looking for.
I can’t say if Histogen, RepliCel, or Aderans will have the next great hair loss treatment, but it’s a big enough market that I think if any or all of these can prove to be effective and safe, they’ll each have their supporters. But that still remains to be seen.
So will these new treatments play a larger role than hair transplant and medication in the near future? Well, I guess it depends on how near you’re talking about.