I e-mailed the list of Doctors about Acell on Wednesday of last week. I know that SPQR also e-mailed the week before and received a few responses from the doctors. I will copy and paste their replies, but I am going to remove their names because I’m not sure who would be upset if I post their name on this forum. A couple of them were discouraging but, remember, they have not tried this specific product so they are speaking in terms of what they THINK will or will not happen.
Here are the replies:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT HOWEVER, AS ANYONE WORTH HIS SALT I WOULD HAVE
TO EVALUATE THIS PRODUCT WITH SCIERNTIFIC DATA
WHICH WOULD INCLUDE A DOUBLE BLIND STUDY.
i THINK I WILL ASK THE COM[ANY IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN RESERCH.
iN ADDITION THIS PRODUCT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE HAIR SOCIETY MEETING
THANK FOR YOUR INPUT
Dear Mr XXXXXXXX
Thanks for the email. I looked at the photos. the wound healing is very impressive.I am not sure that the material promoted hair growth. I think that what we are seeing are the effects of wound contraction more than hair growth. Also canine fur grows differently than primate hair.
In any case the material may be very useful. I think they need to do a controlled study in humans with IRB approval.It might be interesting to try in humans who undergo scalp surgery for removal of a skin cancer. In some of these situations we allow the wound to granulate in anyway.
Thank you Bill for this information and I can see the excitement when you see the photos of animal wounds and hair re growth. I have also given you Case Studies of Equine wounds and rapid healing with hair regrowth with PRP and our natural protein matrix, but regrowing hair from a wound on an animal and regrowing hair after the follicle is removed from a human is very different. We will continue in our research, that is also FDA approved and based our experience in 28,000 human procedures and the answers we are all working toward may fall somewhere in the middle. Lets keep in contact and share information as we are all in this together.
From a Very Prominent Doctor Who Posts on Hairsite Often:
Good Morning Bill,
I have forwarded this information to Dr. XXXX and thanks… We have actually heard quite a bit about this product especially in the last few weeks…
Do you work for this company?
I replied that I do not work for the company and received:
Thanks Bill… I was just curious… we got so many sales people posing as patient
Thanks and we are taking a look at Acell…
Thank you for the informative pieces of information. I will certainly forward this on to our medical team as well as review the materials myself. I too hope that an unlimited donor supply would be available. This would be a wonderful breakthrough.
Thank you for your email. The video and photos were very interesting.
If I am not mistaken, ACell’s products currently consist of a porcine-derived protein sheet or matrix. There are a number of these types of products that have been on the market for years. In my training in General Surgery over 15 yrs ago, we used quite a bit of these types of products to help heal large surface area wounds all over the human body with good success. Personally, seven yrs ago in my hair restoration practice, I used a porcine sheet for a patient with a very large area of scalp which had been injured and removed down to the skull. Amazing regrowth of skin occurred via islands of tissue proliferating up through the exposed surface of the skull finally coalescing into complete (yet thin) coverage in a few months. Many of the natural components of skin were noted in the regrowth of these human patients I’ve seen personally. However, sadly, not hair follicles. That patient I personally treated here in Florida eventually needed transplants to cover the area.
With regard to patients achieving their goals with current levels of hair transplant ‘technology’ I believe your statement is partly false. We know through rigorous research projects undertaken by the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) that the average patient today reaches and maintains his hair restoration goal in an average of two sessions. My dad, a Norwood 7, needed three, btw. This is mainly due to the following factors:
Large amounts of follicles are moved in each transplant session.
A high density of small incisions often allow a ‘one pass’ result in bare areas
Medical treatments, when used correctly, stop the hair loss progression in the non-transplanted hair at least 90% of the time
The majority of patients treated today have never had old-style transplants (which depleted and wasted precious donor hair).
In other words, if you were completely satisfied after you painted your house with two coats of ‘permanent,’ weather-proof paint, what good would an unlimited supply of paint do for you?
A recent ‘cover’ article in The Hair Transplant Forum (our most prominent journal), in fact, highlighted the point that most patients today won’t really need some kind of ‘hair multiplication’ to achieve a satisfying result, despite the media’s fascination with that kind of technology. The key to treating hair loss is not really creating new follicles, but reversing and preventing their miniaturization at an early stage, before the hair loss is severe.
Therefore, it is my prediction that the recently available genetic testing for hair loss, will be the most significant breakthrough in hair loss this year.
From a Very Prominent Doctor Who Posts on Hairsite Often:
Thank you for your email. The doctors are aware of Acell and have been investigating it. I will forward your email to them as I am sure they will find the links very useful.
Paraphrased Replies that were Forwarded to Me from SPQR:
from Dr. XXXXX
"I am already receiving samples of the material.
"We have very good relations with dr. Jones in Ontario. He is going to evaluate the product and report.Depending on his findings we may be interested in using the product. Greetings, XXXXXXX"