Christophe Guillemat of CFS Barcelona Hair Transplant Clinic has been developing a technique to transplant stem cells from donor hair to the recipient area to grow hair follicles. I have heard Guillemat say that he uses the complete donor when doing this procedure. The technique itself sounds very similar to the one used by Dr. Gho. As of now, I do not know if there are any differences between the two approaches. I did want to know more about this procedure, so I asked Guillemat a few questions. I could not understand every detail of his response, as his native language is Spanish and his English is not polished, however it’s generally clear what he was trying to say.
Here’s the questions I proposed to Guillemat on his blog:
1. Is it true to say your technique involves extracting a portion of the hair follicle stem cell and then implanting into recipient area?
2. How many subjects will you have results from in September? Update in July too?
3. Do you have any idea what is the difference between your method and Dr. Gho’s method?
4. Have you considered combining PRP or extracellular matrix into your new treatment?
The response from Guillemat:
“Joseph. Thank you so much. There are many clinics that say they cloned hair and Dr Gho also get very good results with his technique so, I’m not understand that the information I give have much impact.
What we get is, not damaging the donor area of the patient and can cover large baldness with little donor area. Exactly the opposite of what you get with traditional techniques. We transfer the stem cells of all follicles from the donor site to the recipient site. With the traditional techniques we move a hair from one area to another, damaging the donor area. We have thought that the ideal would be to keep getting the same but without damaging the donor area. The technique of Dr. Gho is a fantastic solution that meets these expectations. With one technique or another, that counts is the final result.
We have conducted about 20 tests with patients and between September and November we will have the results.
There are no scientific studies demonstrating the efficacy of PRP on hair loss and for growth. To determine whether the application of PRP is appropriate or not, it has to do a study. It’s what we will do as soon as posible.
To paraphrase, he speaks highly of Dr.Gho’s efforts. He is proposing his method as being able to continuously grow hair in the recipient area without exhausting the donor area. (Yes, that would be awesome). He has trialed this approach on about 20 patients and he will be unveiling the results if they are positive between September and November 2015. Thank you very much for your cooperation by answering few questions Guillemat. I wish you all the best.
Apparently, Guillemat has already trialed this technique on at least one patient so far. The results that are posted on the CFS website are very good looking. Below is a before and after shot. To view the other photos click here.
Looks pretty good. I look forward to hearing an update from Christophe in September.