The “Sonic the Hedgehog Pathway” and the Difficulties of Curing Hair Loss

There are numerous therapies and treatments to slow hair loss. There are hair transplant surgeries to get around the problem and there are Scalp Micro Pigmentation procedures to restore the appearance of hair. But there are actually no known cures for male and female pattern baldness. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we want our clients to have accurate, up-to-date information about the causes of hair loss and the best treatments available to cope with it. Many predatory clinics and websites offer creams, pills, and other methods to “cure” hair loss, but we want you to remember to always be skeptical of these claims. While there are promising options under development, like stem cell therapy, scientists are having a hard time figuring out how to cure hair loss without causing other problems.

screenshot_5Professor Luis Garza of the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology explains in an Esquire article that effective treatments for baldness have been tested in mice, but that the results were quite terrifying. While the mice were cured of baldness, they also grew “huge, uncontrollable, ulcerating tumors.”[i] The treatment they tested activates what scientists call the “Sonic the Hedgehog pathway.”

The human body is incredibly complex; it’s made up of many different organs, systems, and cells that all need to communicate with one another in order to function. Signaling pathways are systems of chemical communication between cells, and Hedgehog pathways communicate information that’s needed for proper development. The Sonic the Hedgehog pathway is the Hedgehog pathway that governs the development of hair. The problem is that Hedgehog pathways are caught up in all sorts of other cell development processes, and so using it to stimulate hair growth also stimulates the growth of other things, like bleeding tumors.

Scientists are still working hard trying to figure out a cure for hair loss. In the meantime, there are effective treatments available to restore your appearance. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we value reliable information. When people offer creams, pills, or other medicines that claim to cure hair loss, it’s important to be skeptical. Experts at Vinci Hair Clinic offer the only known treatments to reverse hair loss and restore your appearance.

Contact us today to figure out which option is best for you.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog Pathway