Scientists have come up with a new technique which can potentially be used to measure the success of a hair loss treatment. The new research carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital is an exciting step in the hair loss field.
It is hoped the new technique could be used to also detect hair loss early, allowing patients to seek treatment as soon as possible. Here, we’ll look at how the new technique works and the potential it has for the hair loss sector.
What is the new technique?
The Massachusetts General Hospital has managed to develop a technology which can measure the health of the hair follicles. This isn’t just useful for future hair loss predictions; it could also be used to test the effectiveness of different hair growth treatments.
A magnetoencephalogram (MEG), is used to measure the electrical activity of the hair follicles. It does this by measuring the magnetic field surrounding the follicles, before creating a visual map which shows the electrical activity.
The scientists managed to develop a MEG helmet and used it on 17 patients, two of which had alopecia and the rest had no signs of hair loss. The helmet didn’t find any signs of electrical activity in patients with alopecia. Those with no signs of hair loss had differing electrical activity readings.
How it could revolutionise the hair loss industry
If this new MEG helmet is eventually released onto the market, it could potentially help to identify new developments within research into hair loss. They could also be used to identify hair loss at a much earlier stage, enabling patients to get the treatment they need quickly. This would slow down the progression of the hair loss and prevent long-term damage of the follicles.
It could also be used to measure the success of different hair loss treatment, leading to developments of new, more effective treatment options. So, it certainly has the potential to revolutionise the industry and provide hope for thousands of hair loss patients.
Larger studies required
While the potential benefits of the new MEG device are exciting, it’s unlikely to be introduced as a mainstream device until larger studies have been carried out. The initial study is very small, so it doesn’t provide an accurate representation of how effectively the device works.
So, we’re unlikely to see the new technique in physician offices for a good few years yet. However, patients can still seek help for their hair loss. There are lots of effective treatments already available to treat numerous types of hair loss. While male pattern baldness is largely genetic and unpreventable, it can still be slowed down with relevant treatments.
If you’re concerned about your hair loss or hair thinning, book a consultation with a hair specialist today. New developments are consistently being made within the hair loss sector. However, in the meantime, there are effective treatments which can be used to cure some types of hair loss and reduce the progression of others.