I agree it is painfully slow progress in the small picture, but as more research is being done on stem cells and genetics, we might find ourselves not needing to understand the exact cause or mechanism of a specific desease, but can still treat the condition. For instance, many are being cured from MS with stem cell therapy. And soon a guy will get a full body transplant.I don't think there will ever be a magic bullet. I think that hair restoration technology will progress in much the same way that every other area of medicine has, in painstakingly slow increments and ever better treatments. I don't think there will be one cure that will end it forever, but rather new treatments that can be used in conjunction with existing treatments.
Honestly, I think what we should be looking into is what makes that damn horseshoe resistant to DHT in most bald men except the 5% who have DUPA and try to replicate that someway, either through medication or hair multiplication. Trying to stop the loss of the DHT sensitive hairs is a losing battle imo.
I'm pretty pessimistic though, just look at how much money has been poured into cancer research, which is considered of utmost life and death importance by the public and given government funding. What breakthrough treatments do we really have to show for decades of research and trillions of dollars? Still the same ravaging chemotherapy as we had decades ago. I am even less optimistic about the prospects of curing baldness, which the public largely sees as a vanity issue that men should get over and solve with shaving cream and a bic and that does not have government funding.
I agree it is painfully slow progress in the small picture, but as more research is being done on stem cells and genetics, we might find ourselves not needing to understand the exact cause or mechanism of a specific desease, but can still treat the condition. For instance, many are being cured from MS with stem cell therapy...
There will likely never be a "magic bullet" for hairloss, but there will be better treatments in the next few years.
Shiseido and Follica are the nearest things to market release and the most likely things to both maintain and grow new hair; a combination therapy of the two would likely be enough for most people.
Hair multiplication or bioprinting like Tsuji and TissUse for the former and L'Oreal for the latter are the endgame, but wouldn't see a market release until next decade and will be prohibitively expensive. Assuming it all goes as planned, these teams' own predictions and judging on how long its taken similar technologies like LASIK to drop in price, put it this way: I'm 25 now; I'll likely be in my 40s before such treatments are widespread and reasonably priced.
The only thing I can see speeding this up is if more countries get their heads out of their asses when it comes to stem cell laws and the FDA stops being a bunch of uppity b****s, but I doubt it.
Keep poppin' those pills, using that minoxidil and when Shiseido and Follica hit the market, budget to use them — they're all you're likely to have before you're looking at retirement.
I thought you were high on Brotzu lotion. People look up to your optimism about that stuff here, you gave up on it?