WHAT IS HAIR CLONING / MULTIPLICATION? HAIR CLONING SURGERY IN TURKEY
In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant operations, surgeons and expert crew gets your own hair from back of head (called DONOR AREA) and transplant them to bald areas.
Some of patients have really less hair in their back, so what kind of operation will they get?
This question is one of the most asked.
Up to this time, we advice them to hair replacement but now then scientists investigating for hair cloning. Unfortunately the technology to clone hair is not yet available in Turkey or in the world.
Hair multiplication or hair cloning is a promising new technique under development to counter hair loss.
In recent years it was discovered that the follicles are not entirely absent, as there are stem cells in the bald scalp from which the follicles naturally arise. Abnormal behavior of these follicles is suggested to be the result of progenitor cell deficiency in these areas.
The basic idea of hair cloning is that healthy follicular cells or dermal papillae can be extracted from the subject from areas that are not bald and are not suffering hair loss, they can be multiplied (cloned) by various culturing methods and the newly produced cells can be injected back in the bald scalp, where they would act healthy and produce hair. This technique however is still in research phase, it is not used in hair clinics yet nor is widely known.
PROBLEMS ABOUT HAIR CLONING
There are a number of problems that still confront us in cloning hair. First, there is the need to determine the most appropriate follicular components to use (dermal sheath cells, the ones used in the Colin Jahoda experiment, are hard to isolate and may not actually produce the best hair). Next, these extracted cells must be successfully cultured outside the body. Third, a cell matrix might be needed to keep them properly aligned while they are growing. Finally, the cells must be successfully injected into the recipient scalp in a way that they will consistently induce hair to grow.