Unlike a cosmetic product, object of clothing or an excursion, the service somebody receives from a hair transplant gives lifelong, permanent results. So, first of all the cost required could, and should be thought of as a long term investment. Since you are looking for something “cheap”, then that would be my advice to reconcile the costs.

Secondly, if you’re concerned that you’ll somehow be overcharged, then I suggest that you stick with a reputable doctor in the US who has good references. There should be a onetime charge for the procedure and you shouldn’t be obligated to pay for any ancillary products or follow –up appointments. Some doctors may appropriately charge for the initial consultation.

You’re advised to do some shopping around, and once you have a sense for the fair market price in your area, then make a decision. At this point, if your budget does not allow for a full priced procedure, then you’re smart to save the money until you can afford it. No decent hair doctor wants to give you a discount, and if you force his hand, then you’re truly risking “cheap” results.

Because, if you’re looking for something “cheap”, then you may just find that. Remember, you’re talking about your appearance and your health. By the way of analogy, if you want a cheap car, then try to find one with 200,000 miles or higher. You understand the risks that it will breakdown, and you’ll either be left stranded or forced to pay repair costs. That is the risk you are taking with a car. With a hair transplant, you’re risking having a permanent, unsightly result. Or even worse, you may have an uncomfortable or procedure which is risky to your health. I’m sure you’ll be able to find that type of work-like any industry it is out there available for bargain shoppers. I understand some people don’t really place a high value on themselves and continue bargain hunting when it comes to plastic surgery. This mentality implies shortcuts and low quality and when it comes to hair transplant or any other type of plastic or cosmetic surgery, this type of thinking should be avoided by both the consumer and physician.

Reference : What Does a Hair Transplant Cost & Why Does It Cost What It Costs?


Looking at stem cells as a cure for baldness is hardly new, but being able to bio-engineer a hair follicle from one’s own DNA would represent a significant new breakthrough – but that’s exactly what a team of researchers in genetic regenerative medicine and bio-engineering at Tokyo University have done.

Asakawa K, Toyoshima KE, Ishibashi N, Tobe H, Iwadate A, Kanayama T, Hasegawa T, Nakao K, Toki H, Noguchi S, Ogawa M, Sato A, & Tsuji T published work in Nature last May, 2012, demonstrating a technique whereby they’ve been able to bio-engineer functional hair follicles that exhibit a normal growth cycle from stem cells taken from existing hair follicles.

To demonstrate that the bio-engineered hair follicles functioned like real hair follicles, they employed a widely used hair transplant technique called follicle unit transplantation, or FUT, to transplant these bio-engineered hair follicles into the scalp of mice.  Not only did the transplanted hair follicles exhibit the normal growth cycle of hair follicles, they also grew the correct type of hair and at the correct orientation as a function of the transplanted location.

In short, we can now, in principle,  bio-engineer our own  fully functional hair follicles based on our own DNA.  When asked how soon a practical hair replacement treatment could come out of this work, the research team said they hoped clinical trials could begin within three to five years, and, if that happens, they think a practical bio-engineered based surgical hair replacement treatment procedure could exist within a decade.

Reference: A Significant Baldness Cure Breakthrough using Stem Cells to Regrow Your Hair


American Hair Loss Association Founder, Spencer Kobren provides some important insight on the reality of hair transplant before and after photos. In this YouTube video, Kobren illustrates how some in the hair transplant field can easily mislead prospective patients just by using a flash or by shifting  angles during the photography process.



A research team that includes investigators from Colombia, Rockefeller and Stanford Universities, believe they have found a gene that impacts hair growth.

The gene that was identified is APCDD1 (adenomatosis polyposis down-regulated 1).  This gene is involved in the progressive hair loss condition referred to as hereditary hypotrichosis simplex and it is a condition that usually presents itself in childhood. Hereditary hypotrichosis simplex is a rare autosomal dominant form of hair loss which is characterized by hair miniaturization, a process in which thick terminal hair is replaced with finer hair over time.

The discovery of this gene is an incredible break in the world of hair loss since male pattern baldness also presents itself in the same way with miniaturizing hair follicles. This finding may certainly have a impact on future research and treatments for androgenetic alopecia and other forms of hair loss.

Ultimately, this is another valued piece of a very complex puzzle that will allow greater insight into the process of follicle miniaturization. Angela M. Christiano, Ph.D., professor of dermatology and genetics & development at Columbia University Medical Center, and lead author of the study says

“This discovery was made by analyzing genetic data from a few families in Pakistan and Italy with hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. Through their analysis the research team found a common mutation in the APCDD1 gene that is located on a specific region of chromosome 18. Previous studies have shown chromosome 18 to be involved in other forms of hair loss including alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia.”

The researchers have determined that APCDD1 inhibits the signaling pathway (Wnt) that has been shown to control hair growth in mice. [click to continue…]


Ookisa – A “Scam” or a “Misunderstanding” ?

January 27, 2010

Ookisa, LLC launched their hair care product line in 2008. A press release was issued in October 2008, titled “Ookisa(TM) Unveils Revolutionary Integrated Hair Thickening Systeme” and the first couple lines read, “OOKISA, LLC announced today the launch of the exclusive, new OOKISA Hair Thickening Systéme, an innovative and complete approach to hair health and [...]

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MatriStem MicroMatrix – Regenerative Medicine and Hair Cloning

January 15, 2010

On January 6, 2010 a press release was issued with the headline “Researchers Develop First Successful Hair Cloning Technique – Major Advancement In Hair Restoration.” Since that date there has been a lot of online (and offline) discussion about how accurate the press release really was.
For years, hair cloning has been looked at as the [...]

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