What Causes Hair Loss?
For years, androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male or female pattern baldness, was thought to be caused by the predominance of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which women also have in trace amounts under normal conditions. While testosterone is at the core of the balding process, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, is believed to be the main culprit.
Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in a hair follicle’s oil glands. Scientists now believe that it’s not the amount of circulating testosterone that’s the problem, but the level of DHT binding to receptors in scalp follicles. DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive.
The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT, which then harms hair follicles, happens in both men and women. Under normal conditions, women have a minute fraction of the level of testosterone that men have, but even a lower level can cause DHT- triggered hair loss in women.
Hair Loss and Gene Therapy
Gene therapy is the process of changing genes of existing cells in the body, and thereby altering cell function. Gene therapy requires learning how an inherited medical condition occurs at the DNA molecular level, and then going in and fixing it. With gene therapy, the hair follicles with DHT-sensitive cells could be changed into follicles with DHT-resistant cells, and the hair follicles would continue to grow new hairs for a lifetime.
But gene therapy, as it exists now, involves several very difficult steps. While research in gene therapy is making considerable advances, it is a medical treatment still in its infancy. The future of gene therapy could, however, show promise for hair loss. Unfortunately, it may be years even decades away. Are you prepared to wait?
Hair Restoration Now
If you really want to do something about your hair loss right now there is a much sought-after, minimally invasive hair loss cure that has helped thousands of balding men and women.
The product of 10 years of research and development, the NeoGraft™ hair restoration and hair transplant program uses the most modern FUE (follicular unit extraction) method. The NeoGraft device refines the hair transplant process, achieving visible results that can be easily duplicated. Over 18,000 hair transplants have been done with this device in the last few years, providing exceptional results for men and women who suffer with hair loss.
NeoGraft does not involve incisions so there is no cutting of the scalp, suturing or visible scarring. There is virtually no bleeding and almost immediate surgical recovery. Patients are often back to work the next day.
Dallas NeoGraft physicians have placed over two million grafts using the patented NeoGraft system, decreasing the time by 50 percent from standard treatments for a hair loss cure. Other doctors trust the Dallas NeoGraft physicians to perform their personal hair transplant procedures.
Patients should always ask about the credentials of the physician doing their hair transplant procedure, how many of these procedures they have performed, and a portfolio of before and after photos of their actual patients.