Follicum

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Update: Here is the write-up that Follicum CEO Dr. Jan Alenfall provided to Follicle Thought. Follicum – Click to Download

Been to Sweden lately? I haven’t either. But, I might be more interested in booking a flight after Follicum’s clinical trial gets underway in early 2016. Follicum is a new biotechnology venture based in Sweden which has several molecules in development for modulating hair growth. Yes, Follicum claims to have technology that can both grow hair and inhibit unwanted hair growth. Follicum’s flagship molecule FOL-005 is getting ready to enter its official clinical trial at the beginning of next year. Read More

Christophe Guillemat Stem Cell Transplant

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Christophe Guillemat and the CFS Barcelona Hair Transplant Clinic have 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 the doctors of the CFS use the complete donor area 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 through his website. 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. Read More

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Kythera Biopharmaceuticals acquired by Allergan

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Hey, if they get some promising hair growth treatments to market sooner, I’ll give them a hand clap too. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

Hot off the press. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, the company who recently acquired the rights to use PDG2r antagonists for hair growth, has been acquired by the pharmaceutical powerhouse Allergan for $2.1 Billion. The deal is mainly being publicized as an acquisition of Kythera’s double chin treatment Kybella. However, any internet hair enthusiast knows that Allergan already has Bimatoprost in its pipeline as a topical hair growth treatment. By acquiring Kythera and their PDG2r antagonist setipiprant, Allergan now has a one-two punch for treating hair loss. Setipiprant is an oral medication (pill) that works systemically to prevent hair miniaturization and loss, while Bimatoprost is topical liquid to stimulate growth. Read More

AlviArmani Recruiting for Cutting Edge Hair Growth Treatment

This image was posted to AlviArmani’s Twitter account about three weeks ago.

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The most notable information on the poster:
1. “Be a participant in cutting edge research for hair growth”
2. “No cost to you”
3. “Alviarmani Beverly Hills” Read More

IBN 3D Hair Follicle Model

This press release might have flown under the radar back in July 2013 when it was released. It’s flown under the radar since then, too. However, I feel there could be more to it than what meets the eye when it comes to this research.

The IBN

First off, who is the IBN? The Institute of Biotechnology and Engineering is based in Singapore and is headed by Executive Director Jackie Yi-Ru Ying. She was a former professor of chemical engineering at MIT. Impressive. According to its website, The IBN has research focused in nanomedicine, synthetic biosystems, biodevices and diagnostics, and green chemistry and energy. Here’s a cool PDF of their Cell and Tissue Engineering Portfolio. Read More

Follicept


Follicept has had a big buzz on the internet lately, mostly due to the fact that it will soon begin trials on human subjects. Follicept was mentioned in a previous post about Hair Regeneration Tech 2015. As a quick recap, Follicept is a topical gel solution that is based on a proprietary delivery method for the growth factor IGF-1. It has shown some cool results in mice which is depicted on the company’s home page. Basically, the mice given IGF-1 showed thicker hair than the mice treated with minoxidil, but only after 39 days of stopping the treatment. So, it appears that the effects of IGF-1 were continual on hair follicles even without continual application of the topical gel.
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FUE or FUT Hair Transplants: Know the Difference

This article is a simple admonitory message for those considering a hair transplant. Today, hair transplants done by doctors of a high degree of skill and integrity are still the best option for restoring significant amounts of hair. One of the most important points for to be aware of when making a hair transplant decision is knowing the difference between FUE and FUT. There is loads of information and in-depth discussion about this subject online, and can be found using a simple search. I will just be going over the very basics to help you get a general idea of the two procedures.

FUE Procedure – This is a newer version of hair transplant procedures that involves extracting out individual hair grafts, one-by-one. The technique is done by a skilled surgeon using circular micro scalpels. Once removed from the donor scalp, the grafts are then further prepared to be made ready for insertion into the recipient scalp area. The process takes longer than a FUT and usually a FUE session will be smaller in number of grafts extracted compared to a FUT procedure. Very small “dot” scars are created through this procedure in the donor area, yet from a skilled surgeon they will be almost unnoticeable to the naked eye even when hair is cut very short.

FUT Procedure: This is a technique that is older than FUE. It involves cutting out a strip of the scalp from the donor scalp area. That strip of scalp is then separated into individual hair follicle grafts to be prepared for insertion into the recipient scalp area. It is said there is a slightly better graft survival rate for the FUT procedure compared to FUE. This procedure leaves a linear scar on the back of the scalp. Hair will generally have to be styled longer in the donor area after an FUT compared to FUE to cover the scar from the procedure. This procedure is more painful post-operation than an FUE and has a longer recovery period for the donor site.

Many reputable surgeons will offer both procedures. Some of the best FUE results come from doctors with individual offices. FUE is usually more expensive per graft due to the time and preciseness it requires. I favor the idea of an FUE procedure for hair transplants. The recovery period is shorter, there is less pain involved, less physical trauma to the scalp, and with a great surgeon, FUE results will be comparable to FUT.

My overall message is that it is very important for all those considering a hair transplant to know the background information first; know the difference between FUE and FUT, and do sufficient background research on the surgeon you are considering.

Hair is a Wonderful Thing

We all love our hair. Some of us didn’t know how much we loved our hair until we didn’t have the same amount of it over a period of time. Hair is the reason I started this site, it’s the reason you came here to read this. Hair is interesting. Hair is stylish. Hair is personality. Hair is unique. It goes on… Having a shaved head is beautiful too. There’s nothing wrong with not having hair. It’s a matter of preference. I prefer to have hair, like many others.

The reason why I wrote this blog “Hair is a Wonderful Thing” is because I want to remind people that hair is what drives us, not hair loss. Hair and hair growth is where I do my best to put consistent attention. Sometimes, taking a step back and putting attention on another topic entirely is also good for the soul. It’s not always obvious to society that many people in this world: put in extra care for their hair, or have had a hair transplant, or take hair supplements, or wear a hairpiece, and you’d never know it. Many of them are famous and some of them are around you. You’d be surprised by the people in your life who have a hair situation that they deal with, unbeknownst to you. Read More

Hello there!

This is my first post on the site. I will post news about potential treatments for hair regeneration, news of hair research, and I will put this whole hair regeneration thing into perspective.

Yes, this site will be optimistic, and yet truthful.

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