Regenerative medicine. Dr. Kuka strongly believes that advances in regenerative medicine have potential applications in hair restoration. “Research is currently examining the use of stem cells to regenerate damaged or diseased tissue in many conditions such as heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, arthritis, burns, and scleroderma,” she said. “I believe fat grafting and the use of stem cells will be key in treating hair loss in the near future.”
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3-D hair root printing. Researchers are expanding the use of biomedical 3-D printing technology in other areas of medicine, including 3-D printing of internal organs and skin. Dr. Ishii foresees the ability to print 3-D hair roots, eliminating the need for a donor area entirely and giving hair transplant surgeons an unlimited supply; however, although private companies are currently developing this technology further, its clinical use for hair transplantation is still in the distant future.
Amy Eckner is a freelance medical writer based in California.