ACELL Treatment for Hair Loss
Dr. Ken Williams before you choose a treatment program.
ACell® is a unique proprietary medical product used in various applications for human and animal medicine and surgery. The product is the “only-one-of-its-kind” protein developed and manufactured from the desiccated sterile tissues of pig bladders. The product is contraindicated in patients with known sensitivity or allergy to porcine materials.
As a stand-alone procedure, the product is essentially injected into the subcutaneous tissues of the scalp and combined with the patient’s blood-platelet rich plasma (PRP). The procedure is considered essentially painless under local anesthesia.
The scalp is anesthetized or numbed with “ring blocks” using Lidocaine. Small amounts of the product mixture is then injected subcutaneously where the hair dermal papillae (hair root) is located beneath the skin.
ACell® has been clinically shown in literature to improve donor scar appearance from previous surgeries. The product promotes rapid donor site remodeling and healing. It needs to be noted, ACell® has not been proven to regrow or promote hair follicle growth in scars. To increase hair density in a previous surgical strip scar, this product is used to repair the scarred tissue so healthy new transplanted follicles will grow in the scar.
Individual ailments vary and the outcome of stem cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. For hair restoration patients, it may take several months to see any results. Stem cell therapy for hair loss is very new and no or little published literature exists confirming its efficacy. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any stem cell treatment. Each patient is different and results will vary.
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During the manufacturing process of ACell®, it is disinfected, packaged, and sterilized via electron beam radiation. ACell® is a non-crosslinked, completely resorbable, acellular extracellular matrix scaffold, rich with naturally-occurring collagens and proteins and maintains an intact epithelial basement membrane surface for wound healing. The chemical structure is similar to human tissues, and is available only through a licensed physician and surgeon.
In the field of hair restoration, ACell® is used as a scaffolding product to increase exposure of the hair follicle to the growth factors in platelets. It is combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate hair growth or scar remodeling and repair. Anecdotal evidence of its success in combination with PRP for hair loss disorders is recognized..
ACell® is also manufactured in solid sheets, called MatriStem® Surgical Matrix. It is used for implantation to reinforce soft tissue in urological, gynecological, and gastroenterological anatomy. Its clinical applications are wide, including finger amputation and Keloid scar treatment.
ACell® as solid sheet form example
Stem cell regeneration and regrowth of the hair follicle has been a long-term objective for modern day hair science. Many claims and products are available in the market place and are usually met with disappointment.
It is common for patients to seek non-traditional sources of medications and often end up spending money on products and procedures that lack scientific evidence.
ACell® in hair transplantation theoretically may help graft survivability but at this time remains in its unconfirmed clinical and research stage. The safety and tolerability of the product is well established. Medical research providing documentation of its success still is lacking, but many hair restoration surgeons observe anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness assist may increase a scaffolding effect that prolongs exposure of the hair follicle to the growth factors from PRP.
Powder Form of ACell®
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