What are the Obstacles to Hair Cloning Using Plucked Hairs?November 2nd, 2010
Q: What are the possible obstacles that you see with hair cloning using the plucking technique? — D.E., Boston, MA
A: Plucked hair does not contain that much epithelial tissue, so we do not yet know what the success of the procedure will be. Plucked hairs will most likely grow into individual hair follicles that are not follicular units and therefore, will not have completely the natural (full) look of two and three hair grafts. This limitation may be circumvented, however, by placing several hairs in one recipient site. It is possible that the sebaceous gland may not fully develop, so the cloned hair may not have the full luster of a transplanted hair.
The most important concern is that, since the follicle is made, in part, by recipient cells that may be androgen sensitive, the plucked hair derived follicles may not be permanent. It is possible, that since all the components of a normal hair may not be present, the cloned hair may only survive for one hair cycle.
Since the ACell extracellular matrix is derived from porcine (pig) tissue, the procedure may not be appropriate if you are Kosher or allergic to pork. Of course, we do not know what other obstacles may arise since this technique is so new –- or even if the ones mentioned above will really be obstacles at all -– only time will tell.
- When will Dr. Christiano’s Research on Follicular Neogenesis (Hair Cloning) be Available?
- What Is The Latest On ACell Extracellular Matrix For Hair Cloning?
- What is an “Extracellular Matrix” In ACell’s Hair Cloning Technology?
- Should I Have an FUT or FUE Hair Transplant, or Should I Wait for Hair Cloning?
- What is ACell for Hair Cloning?
Topic: Hair Cloning
Tags: ACell Inc., ACell MatriStem, Androgens, Extracellular Matrix, Follicular Unit, Follicular Unit Grafts, Hair Cloning, Hair Cloning Methods, Hair Cloning Obstacles, Hair Cloning with Plucked Hairs, Hair Cycle, Hair Follicle Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on November 2nd, 2010 at 8:23 am