I used to think like this, but honestly hair transplants are so effective now it would be stupid not to pursue
A friend had one done late last year, he was a diffuse thinner in the classic male pattern baldness areas (crown, temples, mid section) and around 7 months later he's nearly a fullhead again. Sure the density isnt quite there but its a huge improvement and it only cost €3200
Its really transofrmed his hair, and realistically it was only the first three months where it looked like sh*t. Now he has the illusion of near full density, and no normal person would say hey this guy is balding/thinning.
Its the only real long term solution we have right now, and for the vast majority of people it produces results. Take a look at JohnnyL's posts in the FUE forum.
It's never over. I'll win this war if I have to steal your follicles and transplant them to my scalp.
What Norwood was he? Hard to believe a diffuse thinner would have enough donor hair to make that much of a cosmetic difference.
I've been wondering if it were possible to get a hair transplant using someone else's hair. Would the body reject someone else's follicles if you were the same race/ethnicity and blood type? What if the person who donated their hair was a family member? How awesome would that be if this were possible. I'm sure there's alot of older guys with a full head of hair that would be interested in selling some of their hair.
Jahoda did it 30 years ago. Hair follicles are immune privileged, meaning they don't get attacked by the immune system except in alopecia areata. That's why JAK inhibitors never stood much chance of working for Androgenetic Alopecia, because it's not immune related like AA.
What is the reason why hair transplant clinics aren't doing this? I'm sure there are alot of guys out there that would be willing to sell some of their hair.
I don't know. Jahoda implanted his DSC cells into his wife's arm, but they removed the follicles after two or three months I think. They didn't let them cycle, so they don't even know if they will grow back after the first cycle ends. Anyways, we will soon be able to clone and implant our own hairs so it doesn't matter. This is better than trying to find someone whose hair matches, and risking rejection if it doesn't work, because it won't work for everyone.
Good point, not to mention the extra $$ you'd lose paying for someone else's hair only to have your body reject it for whatever reason. How much longer until cloning is available? Haven't been keeping up as I've lost hope.
Jahoda did it more than 20 years ago. Hair follicles are immune privileged, meaning they don't get attacked by the immune system except in alopecia areata. That's why JAK inhibitors never stood much chance of working for Androgenetic Alopecia, because it's not immune related like AA.
Maybe certain follicle cells don't trigger rejection but when follicular units are taken from the donor they will definitely come with extra tissue that will cause rejection. It might be possible if the cells involved in that process can be selectively removed but it adds a huge amount of complexity to the procedure.
If they figure it out I'll hunt down a homeless man with nice soft brown hair ASAP.