» Well, I hate to jinx this… but it appears I may be getting some Acell
» powder shortly. I’ll need to do some research as to how to best approach
» this. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated and I will definitely be taking
» photos (I’m actually a half-competant photographer, so I will be making
» sure the lighting is consistent).
» I’m fairly sure this will not amount to much just like all the other DIY
» hair treatments, but this has almost become a hobby for me at this point.
» I’ve put much crazier things onto my head over the years.
» Actually, now that I think of it… my list of things tried (not all at
» once) is kind of insane:
» Folligen, Tricomin, Minoxidil, Retin-A, Curcumin, Cayenne, Finasteride,
» Dutasteride, Dermaroller, LaserComb, Green Tea Extract, Soy Isoflavones,
» Revivogen, Spironolactone, Eucapil, PRP with Dr. Greco…
» » » Can you get your hands on ACELL powder Willy? I’m thinking we can use
» » » dermaroller on the balding area, pluck from the donor, apply acell,
» » » place the plucked hairs in the holes made by the dermaroller.
» » to
» » » what Cooley did. I’ve never used a dermaroller so this may be harder
» » do
» » » than what I’m thinking as the holes may be too small.
» » I think this would be very, very hard to pull off. HT docs are working
» » with magnified glasses, somewhat close to the top of your scalp. Also,
» » average follicle depth is 3mm, deeper than you could do without numbing
» » the scalp pretty well. And that’s not even talking about hair direction.
It most likely won’t work just by itself. However, you can use Acell to “piggy-back” on the so called window-of-opportunity that Follica has put their money on.
Pluck some (but not necessarily all) hair in the target area. Wait 2-3 days. Now dermabrade it with sandpaper or light acid. Just the top-layer (aim for a wound that heals completely in about a week). Wait 3 days for healing to take place. At this point start rolling with an Acell solution.
Since I doubt you’ll have access to a centrifuge and/or medical expertise to draw arterial blood for an Acell+arterial blood plasma solution, I’d suggest you buy some saline to make a liquid solution with Acell.
Acell injections migtht trigger to mild regrowth, but it seems to largely depend on wheter or not there’s a sufficient wound, such as a FUE-hole. It’s also well established that:
controlled damage of the skin signals the body to cover the area with either new skin, or new hair. The former is much more common, though the latter is the aim here.
plucking some hairs a few days prior to dermabrasion will greatly increase the chances of regrowth.
As a DIY:er, this is by far the most practical approach. You should go ahead and just roll on a separate area, for control, but while I hope it will work, I very much doubt that it will.
Personally, I think this Acell-business, outside of HT, is best used with small incision holes, that are then treated with Acell (as well as surrounding injections in a fan-out pattern that doctor Cooley explains in one of the two videos available on the subject). Sort of like a HT transplant, without any actual hair being transplanted.
If you take Cooley’s word for it, Acell needs both an actual wound AND additional injections in a general, spread out area. I think the figure is 1:10, so quite a lot of small injections.
This is not do-able at home, at least not without some fairly serious medical training. Plucking, waiting, dermabrading, waiting, acell-rolling (and possibly with some minoxodil too) will probably be your best bet.
It is, right now, too much of a gamble for DIY:ers to perform this (FUE-slits), and especially so when arterial blood plasma might be an integral part of the growth that’s attributed to using Acell.
Just my 2 cents, based mostly on my own DIY experiments, which corresponds nicely with what actual professionals says works, and what does not work.
This might all seem fairly involved and complicated, but as we all should know by now, correct application makes all the difference.
There’s no point in ordering (expensive) Acell and apply it without drawing from all the free information that is already available, and making sure you do not just repeat an already explored mistake.
If this is something you’re still seriously considering, and if you’re interested in more details about what did and did not work with me, drop me a PM. But preferably after you’ve secured some Acell, and intend to go through with it.