Androgenic alopecia is one of the most common types of hair loss. It develops mainly in men starting averagely from the age of 25. In the majority of cases the genes are the key cause of this unpleasant and unappealing state when hair follicles simply stop producing new hair and die away. As a matter of fact, normal functioning of stem cells can play a crucial role in fighting this type of hair loss and full hair regrowth.
Stem cells are the cells which can be grown and transformed into any other types of cells and even whole organs. Although treatment with the use of stem cells is considered to be a very promising field in modern medicine, scientific studies involving them are not intense and deep enough nowadays. Moreover, the results of such studies are rarely applied in practice.
Nonetheless, researchers have discovered that the amount of stem cell in the area of normal hair growth and the area of baldness is the same. The difference is that the stem cells that are present in bald spots of the scalp are not active enough in transforming themselves into mature and fully functional hair follicles. Fortunately, it is possible to restore the normal functions of these cells. Thus, future treatment of androgenic alopecia should be directed to the activation of these stem cells in order to regrow hair follicles in the bald areas of the scalp and make them develop normally.
Modern medical science has already reached certain results in this direction. For the first time hair follicles have been raised from the stem cells in vitro what can be considered a real breakthrough in treatment of hair loss. The researchers used stem cells of animals at this stage, but they hope to repeat their success with human stem cells and make hair regrowth possible in the nearest future.
We can hope that in several years androgenic alopecia will become history. The scientist claim that the operation during which new hair follicles could be implanted in the scalp of the patients would allow to fully regrow lost hair. Just imagine that baldness would be the attribute of those who don’t really want to do anything about it!