Dutch researcher and hair restoration expert Dr. Coen Gho has been publicizing an innovative experimental treatment for hair loss for many years through his Hair Science Institute, which operates clinics in Amsterdam, Maastricht, London and Vienna. His hair loss treatment, he says, is a patented hair multiplication technique developed by the Hair Science Institute and used exclusively in its clinics. It involves the transplantation of a new hair substitute created from the genetic material of existing human hair. According to Dr. Gho’s website “only a part of the follicle (a few hair stem cells, also called a ‘graft’)” are extracted from donor sites and used in the process. More traditional methods of hair transplant involve extraction of entire hair follicles. The follicles are removed or harvested and then relocated to the balding area, where those follicles can be stimulated to produce new growth of hair. According to Dr. Gho, because his procedure uses on a portion of an existing hair follicle, and not the entire hair follicle itself, his procedure has the advantage of being able to transplant more hairs than could be accomplished when those hairs and follicles must be removed from another site on the body.
As a result, Dr. Gho claims to manufacture hundreds of new hair substitutes for use in a type of hair transplant operation using a single existing hair, thus eliminating the need to harvest hairs from donor sites. The availability of more hair substitutes with which to transplant may, in turn, make the hair transplant procedure itself more available to more clients. Many men facing male pattern baldness are waiting anxiously for the release of the approved new process, although some hitches in technical research have delayed the release and availability of this newest procedure.
Dr. Gho’s treatment for hair has been criticized by some in the hair transplant community — for example, by Dr. William Rassman.
Thus Dr. Gho’s currently available procedure, referred to as Hair Stem cell Transplant, or HST, combines elements of hair transplant and hair multiplication. The limitations of HST, according to Dr. Gho, have to do with the number of follicles (approximately six hundred) that can be trans-located during a single procedure. With such a small number per procedure, the restoration of an entire bald scalp would take a great deal of time and expense. Having said that, the procedure’s supposed advantages include the fact that HST results in the least scarring or surgical soreness of any method available, and the assertion by Dr. Gho that nearly four fifths of the donated hairs regrow and can be reharvested for later procedures. If nothing else, Dr. Gho’s advancements offer hope in the arena of hair replacement, with the knowledge that new approaches and new technologies are being tested and tried with some success.
More traditional hair transplants are limited in scope by the limitations of donor sites; Dr. Gho’s innovative approach promises to circumvent that limitation, opening new possibilities for sufferers of male pattern baldness.
Unlike neogenesis, a process which creates entirely new hair follicles in the scalp, Dr. Gho’s procedure may have the potential to stimulate the shedding follicles to regenerate and reinvigorate the growth of natural hairs.
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