Researchers in Egypt have published results of their research on a new form of hair loss therapy. We look closer.
News reaches us, via one of our favourite sources of unusual articles, of a completely original hair loss treatment that initially struck us as an unlikely way forward. We are all for experiments that are designed to improve the set of tools available to address hair loss, and one that might actually help regrow hair where there was none... well, that is the Holy Grail for all treatments.
Earlier this year researchers at Tanta University in Egypt set about testing a new treatment. It involves pumping small amounts of carbon dioxide under the skin, the idea being that this plumps up the skin... so no doubt it will be on offer to the legion of Botox fans who might have decided they have had enough of putting a lethal poison into their faces. The treatment is believed to work by fooling the body's systems into thinking that there might be a shortage of oxygen in the treated area, with the reaction being to send oxygen rich blood to the region to help fix some presumed damage. Like other treatments which attempt the same result the thought is that this oxygen rich blood can help push redundant hair follicles back into a growth phase.
Does It Work?
It is a little hard to be certain about the quality of the results, we have not found detailed analysis, but the claims from the team are fairly impressive. They tested using 80 men and women with hair loss with half being given the gas injections and the rest receiving a placebo. After 3 months we are told those who had received the jabs, unlike the placebo group, had "significantly improved" hair density.
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That description of "significantly improved" hair density always leaves us a little cool. We have seen detailed results from peer reviewed studies which reached the same conclusion about other treatments, including FDA approved products... the problem being that a scientific definition of improvement it a long way behind what we as consumers would expect from a hair loss cure. Adding a few more strands simply does not cut it. Carboxytherapy as a non-invasive treatment is already available so maybe we can look forward to some real world testing and feedback on it's efficacy. We won't be holding our breath though.
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