The Future of Regenerative and Restorative Medicine for Hair and Skin

The Future of Regenerative and Restorative Medicine for Hair and Skin

The world keeps spinning, improvements keep coming and every passing generation is more advanced than the last. We learn more, we know more, and all of that hard work begins to pay off. One of the areas in which we experience the most change is medicine, because time leads to understanding, to the advancement of technology, the discovery of medicines and the ability to learn on a cellular level.

So what will this mean for regenerative and restorative medicine? What are the biggest game changers in this field, where will the discoveries come from and what will they mean? Will baldness and dry skin become a thing of the past? Will we reach a point where plastic surgery doesn’t look so, well, plastic?

Stem Cells

Regenerative Medicine

The future of medicine lies within the restorative power of stem cells. These miraculous cells can be used to cure disease, to fix lifelong ailments and to perform other amazing tasks that will change modern medicine as we know it.

In layman’s terms, stem cells are cells that have yet to be programmed. By manipulating these cells scientists can essentially tell the body to program them into any number of cells, which means they can be used to replace damaged cells, which in turn can do everything from replacing damaged tissue to treating disease.

There is no end to what these cells can do and it is within the field of regenerative and restorative medicine where they are the most powerful and where they have the most potential. They could be used to heal damaged skin and scar tissue, they could be used to reset baldness and give some a full head of hair again. Right now, they are even used to reconstruct body parts.

Less Invasive Surgery

Plastic surgery treatments are on the rise. They are more popular than ever and this is all down to the fact that most of them do not require general anesthetic and some don’t even need the patient to go under the knife. Botox injections, laser therapy and even hair transplants are all defined under the umbrella of “plastic surgery”, even though it’s not quite what we have in mind when we think of it.

Based on the current trend, we can assume that the demand for non-invasive procedures will continue to grow, which in turn will increase the non-invasive methods being offered by plastic surgeons. Lasers, hot/cool sculpting methods and injectables are getting more advanced and more effective and they are being used for more and more things.

In the future paying a trip to the plastic surgeon will be as innocuous and routine as going to the barbers or getting a manicure. It will fall under the realm of “beauty treatment”, with the stigma disappearing along with the surgeon’s knife. Everything from unsightly razor burn to moles and birthmarks will be as removable as blackheads and pimples.

Affordable Hair Replacement

Future Hair Transplants

Unless the hair transplant procedure can be automated then it’s unlikely to come down very far in price. It’s a painstaking process that requires dexterity, time and experience.

However, as more of these are performed and more are offered by practices worldwide, the price will begin to fall slightly. There is also a lot of work being done on hair transplant procedures that work underneath the scalp and are potentially more effective, but also a little more invasive.

There is also a lot of promise in other areas. Right now, there is no effective way to bring stem cells into this field and a lot of what is being said about this is nonsense. However, that could change. A lot of research and human trials will need to be conducted, but when this happens then hair transplants could be easier, quicker and much more affordable.

It seems likely that we will move away from drugs and other compounds, because unless someone stumbles across a miraculous substance that instantly regrows hair, there is just nothing effective out there. Drugs are also no effective in all of the population, which is why things like Minoxidil work so well for some, but do nothing for others.

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