One of the most obvious shortcomings of hair transplants is the fact that the existing hair in one’s scalp has to be redistributed. This means that even when hair transplant is done successfully, the hair density achievable is far less than what is initially desired. There is some good news though: hair cloning and hair multiplication are innovative techniques that hold great promises toward offering a solution to this obvious limitation.
Lets begin by analyzing hair multiplication before proceeding to hair cloning. The logic behind this technique is based on the discovery that one single hair follicle has the potential to induce hair growth from two distinct locations in it. This discovery therefore allows hair from a donor area to be divided into two with both parts being transplanted in the balding areas.
However, care needs to be taken when cutting the hair as it needs to be done very accurately.
For instance, if one of the hair part is cut too short, it cannot induce hair growth. The procedure of cutting follicles is however improving at a fast rate and currently stands at around an 80% accuracy level. Generally, this technique offers surgeons with more hair follicles, while enabling them to accomplish a more natural appearance, with over twice hair density that is achievable in the normal hair transplants.
Hair cloning promises to actually offer a limited amount of hair hence enabling the surgeons to achieve a totally natural appearance with complete hair density. This technique involves removal of tissue from the donor areas and then the cells from it are transplanted into the balding areas so as to impregnate them. This process results in growth of new hair follicles, the kind that are supposed to be DHT resistant. This technique allows a lot of flexibility in the sense that the donor tissue can be removed from the patient themselves or from someone else.
Hair cloning promises incomparable hair density and therefore is why it is so appealing. However, before you rush and decide it is exactly what you want, you may want to note that it is usually characterized with uncertainties. Additionally, not much information has been released that can help one make a decision in its favor or against. As far as cost is concerned, both procedures are very expensive and come to tens of thousands of dollars.
My advice is, hold on for a little bit longer because besides their high costs, the degree of uncertainty is high in terms of the effectiveness of long term results. Both techniques are still very new and there is no way to determine even if the new hair follicles will continue to perform effectively and be able to accommodate cycle after cycle of hair growth.