Reversing the bald fact - shots to restore hair growth

Updated: May 11, 2011, 09:29 AM IST

London: Baldness could be halted or even reversed, thanks to a platelet-rich plasma shot taken from the patient`s own blood.

The injections will also contain Acell, a powder extracted from pigs` bladders, which will be tried on a group of men in Britain.

Raghu Reddy, a Harley Street clinician at The Private Clinic will perform the treatment with the help of Gary Hitzig, who developed it in the US, the Daily Mail reports.

Reddy said: "It is as close as we have come to a cure for male baldness. This revolutionary injectable combination of ACell and PRP may be the answer to restoring hair growth for those in the early to moderate stages of hair loss."

"Similar to how a flu shot can prevent one from catching the flu, ACell and PRP injections can help prevent further hair loss and help restore one`s hair," he added.

The treatment involves the formation of a protective barrier which protects remaining healthy hair-growing cells.

It then goes on to duplicate the surrounding tissue, allowing healthy hair-growing cells to return. Male pattern baldness, suffered by comedian Harry Hill and British foreign secretary William Hague, is suffered by half of men over 50.

It is caused by a mixture of genetics and hormones and while there are a number of treatments available, there is no cure.