Years from now, will the best hair restoration come from a drug?

Right now, getting the best hair restoration from a can, or bottle, or pill is not possible. And while, Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine) offer some hair loss restoration in lotion and pill form, respectively, their success varies among patients. And, neither can offer complete hair loss restoration.

Still, there are more potential new hair loss restoration treatments out there than ever before. At the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in Denver this past March, researchers discussed many of the most promising treatments in development.

Latisse is a drug that is already FDA approved for promoting eyelash growth. Researchers are studying whether it can be used to grow hair on the head, though getting the drug to penetrate the scalp has proven to be difficult so far. That said, becoming the best hair restoration technique looks to be far in the future.

Researchers are also looking at cell-based hair follicle regeneration. With this potential treatment, scientists are taking specific cells around the hair follicles and growing new cells in the lab. These cells are later injected into the patients scalp to generate hair growth. Of current subjects in the study, about 60% have grown more hair.

One of the most promising areas of research, when it comes to finding the best hair restoration in drug form, is the combining of Latisse with a medicine that is already used to treat allergies. Used together, the drugs work to block a hormone type substance that normally stops hair from growing.

Of course, all these potential hair loss restoration treatments are years away from being shown to be safe and effective treatments for permanent hair loss. Right now, the only safe, effective and permanent treatment for hair loss is a surgical hair loss restoration.