A bald man who had a botched hair transplant at the hospital in Australia has been told he will need to wait another six months for the rest of his hair to grow back.The man, who only wants to be called Jeremy, told ABC radio the decision to undergo the surgery was based on the fact that his hair was still growing and needed to be treated.He said he had no idea how long the surgery would take and ...
Robotic hair transplants are expected to be the next big thing in the world of medical technology, as it’s hoped the technology will eventually lead to more efficient and less expensive surgeries.
But while the procedure is relatively simple, the surgery itself can be painful and potentially dangerous, with complications like hair loss and scarring.
But now, a team of surgeons at the University of Oxford have developed a surgical device that can repair hair, with a minimal risk of any complications.
The device uses a laser to remove hair, a technique known as “neural lace” and the team claims it’s the first of its kind to be able to repair hair in the human body.
This is important, says Professor David Hirst, a professor of surgery at the university, as the repair is one of the main causes of hair loss, as hair cells have to be removed to be replaced with new ones.
“We have a technology which could potentially save people from having to go through the whole hair transplant process,” he says.
“It could be that a lot of people are going to go from having a damaged hair transplant to having normal hair without going through all the hair transplant processes.”‘
Truly amazing’The team used a prototype hair transplant device called the DHT-8 that they created using a robotic scaffold.
“The device consists of a very thin tube with a very high surface area that we can stretch,” explains Professor Hirst.
“This tube is coated with a gel that allows the gel to be stretched to a very fine level.”
Once that gel is stretched, the gel is allowed to come in contact with the surface of the hair follicle.
“As the gel moves towards the surface, it starts to stretch it in response to the electrical signals in the hair.”
After the gel has come in close contact with a part of the scalp, it begins to form a thin layer of collagen, a protein that is essential for the hair to grow.
The gel then sits in the follicle, where it starts producing hair cells.
The researchers then used an advanced algorithm to make the gel stretch, but when the gel had to be cut, it was unable to remove all the cells from the follicles.
“When we cut the gel, the cells start to form the hair.
The gel has to be re-stretched to remove the remaining hair cells, which is then removed by a very gentle needle,” explains Hirst.”
This has been really amazing to work on.
It’s incredibly exciting.”
The team has now been able to produce hair transplanted from a human head, but their prototype is just a proof of concept, so there is still a long way to go before this technology can be commercially available.
“What we need now is for this technology to be used in real clinical settings and then tested in animals,” says Professor Hirth.
“In the long term, it’s possible to make it more reliable and safe.
But right now, this is the first step.”
The next step in the development of a hair transplant is to test the gel on humans, which could lead to a new generation of robotic hair transplant systems.
But as far as the team is concerned, they are just waiting for the technology to hit the market.
“At this point, we are focusing on getting this product to market, so that we are able to test it in animals before we put it into clinical trials,” says Hirst