Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Scalp transplants: The next new cure for balding?

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You've heard of hair-replacement surgery to cure baldness, but what about a scalp transplant? In your wildest dreams? Maybe...if you're a hair restoration specialist.

Because transplants require a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs, the idea of a transplant to cure something as cosmetic as baldness was never even considered. Transplant experts say, however, that they've created an anti-rejection regimen that last only a week in lab animals. The science is exciting for burn and trauma victims, but hair restoration specialists admit that they're watching the development with interest.

Consumers spend $1.2 billion a year on surgeries to replace their missing hair, and specialists say that for some, balding is truly a traumatic experience. I doubt we'll see scalp transplants in the near future, but you never know. What do you think?

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