Will It Be Possible Anytime Soon to Revive Dead Follicles by Transplanting Bulge Cells into Them?

It seems that this would be the ideal way of dealing with unwanted hair loss. In my case an electrologist destroyed many of my eyebrow follicles without my permission, so the combination of heat and lye must have killed all the bulge cells along with other structures in the follicles. Would transplanted bulge cells be able to regenerate the entire follicle in a case like this? How soon would the technology be available?

Doctor Answers 6

Can Transplantation of Bulge Cells Revive Dead Hair Follicles?

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Although there is research done in this area no one is even close to applying this clinically in your situation.  You have two options.  Some people have gotten satisfactory results tattooing, but you have to find someone in this area.  The other option is to get a transplant from hair from the lower back of the head.  However, in many individuals this is not a good match. 

Nashville Plastic Surgeon

It is a hypothetical question to entertain but this type of surgery or method is not clinically available at this time.

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It is a hypothetical question to entertain but this type of surgery or method is not clinically available at this time.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Stem cells - available soon?

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Stem cell technology by transplanting bulge stem cells is not available at the present time. It is an exciting area. 

At present the only means to improve the cometic look of the area would be with pencil, tattooing or a hair transplant. 

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

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Reviving Dead Follicles with Bulge Cells

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That is certainly a research line worth pursuing and likely being pursued at this time. However, this procedure is not currently available. 

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Reviving transected hair

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Recent case reports have suggested that Acell (Tm), an Extracellular matrix filled with growth factors, can revive transected hair to regenerate the hair shaft. This means that hair hairs that do not have the entire follicles in place, we can regenerate the follicles using this product. Although Acell is FDA approved for use in other fields of medicine, its introduction in hair transplantation is relatively. We are currently conducting research with acell and hair transplantation. In one of the studies, we are using plucked cells ( without any follicles attached ) to see whether Acell can regenerate the follicle. In another study we are just injecting Acell into thinning hair. Depending on when you lost your eyebrow hair, one can just use acell to see whether it can regenerate the dead hair cells.


Sincerely Dr. Behnam

Ben Behnam, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon

Bulge Cells in Treatment of Hair Loss

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Research on the use of bulge cells continues, but in today's world there is no practical application of these cells in the treatment of hair loss in humans. Your best alternative to replace lost eyebrow hair is hair transplanation with micrografts, which is a reliable procedure with consistent, excellent results.

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