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At Rs. 5000, grow lost hair back
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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A medical couple in Hyderabad, Debraj Shome and Rinky Kapoor, claim that their home-grown invention, QR 678, could arrest the most stubborn cases of hairfall. Balding could be a thing of the past, says Dr Kapoor, a dermatologist attached to Apollo Hospital.
The couple say their invention required four years of research, passing through various stages of development in the laboratories of the Tata Memorial Hospital, IIT Mumbai and Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad. “If there is no research paper on it yet,” says Dr Shome, “it is only because we have still not patented the molecule, which is basically a mix of many growth factors.”
Each of the doctors’ 700-odd patient pool underwent five to eight shots priced at of Rs 5,000 each. Indipop singer Anaida is one of the Mumbai celebrities who zips down to Charminar city every three weeks for a shot. Plastic surgeon Dr S Keswani says hair transplant is the fastest growing sector, second only to liposuction, in India’s cosmetic surgery charts, reports Times News Network. Dermatologist Dr Satish Bhatia, who practises out of his Cooperage clinic, started the European treatment around three months ago. His concoction is imported from Italy, costing Rs 25,000. “If the patient wants own stem cells to be derived from own fat cells, then cost goes up four times,” he adds.
Dr Bhatia believes growth factors and stem cells are the next big things in hair care. “People are sick of hair transplants, which have a bushy appearance and look artificial. One of 10 persons undergoing a transplant complains of side-effects such as swelling and infection. So stem cell injections that cause local swelling and redness for only 48 hours are welcome,” he adds.

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