When I read the first article about Dr. Hitzig using Acell I was kind of dissapointed because the before and after pics of the patient that was in the article looked dissapointing. The before pic showed the patient’s donor area with the hair lifted so you could see the scar and there was an obvious scar. The after pic showed the same patient’s scar area but the hair was not lifted so the hair covered the scar area. The silhouette of the scar was visible under the hair that covered the scar area so it appeared that there was some regrowth in the scar area but the regrowth was thin/wispy or else there wouldn’t have been a silhouette of the scar under the hair.
Well, since then I have seen other before and after pics of Dr. Hitzig’s patients and some of those pictures are impressive. But there are still problems and I do not think that Dr. Hitzig, or any other practioner, has taken Acell to its’ potential, or totally in the right direction.
I think that these are hair transplant doctors, and they are trying to figure out how to use Acell in conjunction with a hair transplant, and I think that is bad for the patient. When a hair transplant is performed the recipient area of the scalp is disrupted and altered since new hairs are being injected into the recipient area. Injecting these hairs into the recipient area is like slamming tiny knives into your recipient area and it could do tiny bits of damage to the recipient area. Also, these new hairs that are injected into your recipient are pretty much permanently established inside of the donor area. All in all, the recipient area is altered, and there could be some tiny damage to the recipient area as a result of injecting these new hairs into the recipient area. Hair transplantation is a “fixed” state so if you inject new hairs into the recipient area then those new hairs may not have the diameter you want, they may not grow to the lengh that you want, and they may not grow out the way that you want, BUT THEY WILL BE THERE PERMANENTLY unless you get more costly invasive surgery to have them removed. This is important because if a treatment (for example histogen)comes along that might restore your hair exactly as it was before you started losing hair then you will either have to have the prior transplantaion “removed” or else you will end up with a combination of the new treatment (Histogen for example) and the hair transplantation. And keep in mind that the hair transplantation will have altered/disrupted your recipient and as a result from a new treatment might not be as good as it would have been if you had not gotten the transplant.
For these reasons I think that it would be best for doctors working with Acell to try to find ways to use it without hair transplantation, but these doctors are hair transplant doctors so i think they will be mostly looking at ways to use Acell in conjunction with hair transplantation. I think that is bad for we hair loss patients. They should be using Acell, with other treatments, but without hair transplantation because that is the best way to help their patients.