The good news: Scientists believe they have finally found a “baldness cure.” The bad news: The process by which your receding hairline is fixed is called the “vampire treatment,” and it’s freakier than it sounds.
You might claim you’d do anything to reverse baldness, but the “vampire treatment” puts that sentiment to the test. Scientists use injections of “platelet-rich plasma” to combat aging on the face and hands and can use the same process on the scalp.
Yes, the “vampire treatment” involves extracting your blood and re-injecting it into your scalp. Volunteer attempts have proven successful, with many subjects experiencing significant hair growth in spots that have long gone dark.
Researchers believe that the treatment works by stimulating stem cells below the skin, assisting in the re-growth of hair.
The research was published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Dermatology, and was conducted with a group of subjects suffering from alopecia areata, which affects 2 percent of the population.
But you don’t need to suffer from the condition for the “vampire treatment” to help you re-grow your hair, researchers say. It can also help individuals suffering from more common causes of baldness.
“We think it can help to regrow hair on people with androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness). We believe it is the best treatment available, apart from surgery” said Dr. Fabio Rinaldi.
For the study, 45 patients received injections on one half of their head. Others were given a more traditional steroid treatment while a third group received a placebo.
The “vampire treatment” lead to significant re-growth of hair in bald patches, compared to the other treatment groups.
Scientists are currently carrying out further research, and hope to develop a cream treatment so that people don’t have to trade in their fear of needles to re-grow some hair.
“This could offer hope to thousands,” said Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists.
Would you accept the “vampire treatment” to re-grow your lost hair, or would you rather wait for the cream version?
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