» I think we all know that Follica is backed by relatively legitimate
» science. There are people from world-renowned research universities (such
» as MIT, Harvard, UPenn) who are associated with the project. However, like
» most, I am very skeptical of whether anything beneficial will come from
» I want to know what you guys think about the following arguments:
» Follica won’t work because…
» 1. the newly formed follicles will have the same susceptibility to male
» hormones as the hair that was already lost from bald areas of the scalp.
» Therefore, the new hair will suffer the same fate as its predecessors.
That is a possibility, but you could go on an antiandrogen and maybe keep the new hair for a fairly long time.
You could simply repeat the procedure when you notice the hair thinning again. (may not be very safe to keep getting repeat procedures.)
David Steinberg (who is with Folica) thinks that the process will change the “micro environment” in the scalp so it will no longer be susceptible to DHT, their patent also mentions being on an antiandrogen while having the procedure which may help.
“David Steinberg 1/4/08 2:12 pm
I am with the company. While we have not tested this in humans yet we fully expect that hair will persist. There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, consider hair transplants - while they have other flaws, the hair does indeed persist despite the presence of circulating DHT. In a distinct, but similar way, the Follica treatment changes the microenvironment of the follicles. Further, a single hair cycle lasts several years, and at the very least the new hair should last one full cycle (because of the underlying physiology of the condition). Also, circulating levels of DHT actually drop over a man’s life. We have seen numerous clinical reports of patients showing sustained hair cycling when exposed to conditions similar to the treatment Follica is pursuing (in a carefully directed and controlled way).”
» 2. the human immune system will kill the new follicles while they are
» forming. Even though Follica has been proven to work on human skin that
» was grafted onto a mouse, the procedure will not work on humans because of
» our bodies’ advanced immune systems.
This is also possible, if it is a problem then suppressing the immune system for a short time while the follicles are forming may help and I’m sure is mentioned in the patents.
» 3. the procedure will not work consistently enough to be of any cosmetic
» benefit. Follica could suffer a similar fate to Intercytex.
Again possible, we wont know for sure until its tested on humans (as with the other possibilities) but it has shown to create great density on animals with human scalp skin (the procedure is completely different to ICX-TRC injecting DP cells, which IIRC had consistency problems in both humans and animals).
I am hopeful the density will be great but we can’t possibly say for sure at the moment.
Also you don’t really notice thinning hair until the density reaches about 50%, so to achieve a cosmetically acceptable look you would only need to re-create 50%-60% + of your natural density with Folicas method.
» What are your thoughts?
What I have been wondering about lately is the 2mm wound size a maximum or minimum size?, if it is indeed maximum then how would say an NW7 achieve good density, could they do it in one procedure (lots of little wounds)? or would one have to repeat every so often until desired density is achieved?