View Full Version : Two questions for the old-timers
04-02-2012, 05:27 PM
1.) Simple question: do you personally expect there will ever be any hairloss treatments in the future that will be objectively superior to the Big 3 and existing forms of hair transplants?
2.) If so, what of the known possible future treatment options do you believe are the most likely to succeed?
04-02-2012, 06:09 PM
I do believe we will have significantly better treatments available to fight hereditary hair loss soon - like within three to five years.
I believe the two biotech companies that have the best solutions are Replicel and Histogen.
I suspect Replicel's solution will immunize hair follicles from the damaging effects of DHT, thereby making it an official "cure" for hereditary hair loss. As such there will no longer be a need for medications such as Finasteride to block DHT production in males or Spironolactone to block DHT reception in females. Minoxidil and/or LLLT may be helpful temporarily to expedite regrowth though.
I am quite sure that Histogen's solution does not immunize hair follicles from DHT therefore is not a "cure" but still a much better treatment option than what is currently available. However I think it will still be necessary to block DHT production or reception.
I do not believe any of the new treatments will completely eliminate the need for transplantation. I suspect some patients will still need some transplantation to re-construct the hair line.
Please note that these are simply my opinions. They are based on everything I have been able to read and think through using the information I have learned about hair restoration over the past few years.
I agree with Tracey and envisage it being at least 3-5 years before there is something better available.
I watched Intercytex come and go.
I've been watching Aderans fight phase II trials for over two years.
I've watched Histogen get dragged through court by competitors - and also fight their way through phase II trials.
I've observed a lot in 5 years.
Tracey, excellent point about the hairlines, all the Hair Transplant doctors that are alive today will be dead before they run out of potential Hair Transplant patients :P
04-08-2012, 01:06 AM
Since I start researching we have said that a new treatment was max 5 years away - which would totally change the industry. Besides FUT mega-sessions and FUE nothing really did rock the industry so far.
Personally I believe we are looking at 5-10 yrs before anything ground breaking will emerge, but I hope sooner.
The big 3 is the way to go for now and then combine it with a short haircut or a HT if you are not happy as it is... But do your research before you go down the HT route.
04-08-2012, 01:58 AM
This cannot be answered fully yet, we will have a better answer by the end of the year.
01-30-2013, 06:08 PM
Just to bump this thread, just in case anyone else who's been round the block a few times wants to answer my questions. I know the old-timers have certainly seen lots of things come and go unsuccessfully. I'm also curious if the veterans have more faith in either medicines or high-end procedures offering the next big advance.