WHAT IS HAIR CLONING?
Hair cloning is a fairly new technique currently being researched in different countries around the globe. We see new technology and approaches introduced as more and more people begin to suffer from hair loss. To perform a hair cloning treatment, a surgeon must extract hair follicle cells from the patient's scalp (or donor area) and clone them in vitro. They later return the healthy cells to the recipient area, which encourages the hair to grow naturally. After successfully cloning and placing the hair, the results may be long-lasting. However, some researchers have pointed out that the multiplication of the cells that takes place during hair cloning could potentially lead to cancer.
The FDA will not approve hair cloning until the risk for cancer decreases. Until then, our team at Aesthetic Scalp in Chicago is pleased to offer patients several natural and noninvasive hair restoration options. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai make a point to stay at the forefront of all of the recent developments within the hair restoration industry. While hair cloning may be a wonderful alternative in the future, our other modern solutions are able to produce stunning, natural results as well. These include:
- PRP hair therapy
- Exosomes therapy
- Low-level light therapy
- Robotic hair transplant surgery with ARTAS®
- Forehead reduction
- Eyebrow transplant surgery
- Oral and topical medications
- Scalp micropigmentation
Many of these treatments can even be effectively combined for comprehensive results.
Hair Cloning Reviews
"If you want to pay extra and be a number.... for an Artas hair restoration process - check out all the expensive billboards in and around the city (you know their patients are paying for that star power, right?). If you are looking for the premier Artas boutique in Chicago - managed by TWO doctors - look no further. My experience and results were amazing!! If I wanted a recommendation on peanuts or beer I’d trust a famous Chicago celeb. Since I wanted the best, hands down, plastic surgeon to handle my hairline (using better technology and beyond amazing assistants/staff) I trusted Dr. Shah’s office and - am thrilled. Thanks Dr. Shah. You and your office is - simply put - a gem!!"- J. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
"A friend recommended Dr. Shah for a hair transplant. Probably one of the best decisions I ever made. A year ago, I was pretty bummed about how I looked with my hair. I'm in my late 30s but my hair loss made me look like I was 50. And I hated the way I looked with my head shaved. I flew in from California to see Dr. Shah and his team and right off the bat I felt like I can trust this team with my hair. Procedure was pretty painless. I was napping most of the time. And that robot? Color me impressed. I've heard that doctors estimate a high number of grafts needed and the low number of usable grafts actually transplanted. From what I understand, hair follicles can be cut while extracting and that makes them unusable. With Dr. Shah, they estimated 800 grafts needed for the transplant and actually had 798 used. Only two follicles weren't usable! That's just amazing! Anyway, a year later and a follow-up, I actually look and feel my age. This was such a boost to my confidence. Thank you Dr. Shah and his hair team!"- H.B. / Google / Mar 06, 2020
"ARTAS Hair Transplant - Dr. Shah is Amazing - LOVE my new hairline! - I visited Dr. Shah at Aesthetic Scalp in his immaculate offices in Water Tower Place and he performed a hair restoration procedure on me using the Artas Robot. I couldn't be more pleased with him, his staff, the procedure and the way, generally, I was treated from consultation to completion. For those of you with short attention spans, please just allow me to sum up my review for you, here: He..."- C. / RealSelf / Feb 19, 2018
When Can I Expect to Receive Hair Cloning?
As hair cloning has proven to be incredibly difficult to safely and effectively practice, it is hard to put an exact timeframe on when it will be widely available. However, most medical professionals agree that it will not be until at least 2025 to 2027. Even once this treatment does become available, we are still unsure about the long-term results that can be achieved through it. While hair cloning is still several years away, many similar techniques can provide comparable results.
Hair cloning FAQs
Should I have hair transplant surgery with ARTAS or wait for hair cloning?
The ability to generate new hair is an incredibly powerful tool. However, the professionals at Aesthetic Scalp will always recommend the safest and most effective options for patients. During your hair loss assessment, we may suggest alternatives like robotic hair transplant surgery.
Do other methods of hair restoration cause cancer?
Since hair cloning has been found to increase a person's risk for cancer, you may be wondering about other hair restoration methods. None of our hair transplant methods at Aesthetic Scalp, including robotic hair transplant surgery and PRP hair therapy, cause any type of cancer.
How do I know which hair restoration method is right for me?
Undergoing any kind of hair transplant is a personal decision. Our clinic can make recommendations based on the reasons for your hair loss and your final goals. We also take into account factors like the quality and quantity of your hair follicles.