» Well, I’ll just dish out what I know. Acell is confident that their product
» will regrow however there is a caveat. For all the tissue and hair to grow
» back the wound needs to heal like an open wound. The matrix sheet would be
» stitched on at the edges to hold it in place then the wound would have to
» be kept moist. Redressing would be necessary every few days so you’d need
» to be near the clinic for a few weeks. I was told complete regeneration
» should appear, and finished in about five weeks.
» On the other hand, and I think this is much more practical, the sheets
» could be placed inside the wound, close it up, then let it heal like any
» strip wound then it should result in no scar and some hair in the narrow
» area that regenerated. This is not my hypothesis, this is that of the VP of
» Acell as I’ve spoken to him about this recently. So, in the case of scar
» tissue, the scar could be cut out, then the matrix sheet (applied over the
» powerder), then the area should heal up as if nothing was ever done.
» Again, this is from the mouth of the VP of Acell, not me. This is what he
» came to after I explained in more detail the nature of the procedure. So,
» while some tissue would be regenerated it would only be enough to fill the
» void where scar tissue would normally have formed.
» And by the way, Z22, I don’t think you meant it like this but for our
» patients there is no real drawback from our procedure. They don’t really
» mind the scar because they are not head shavers else we wouldn’t be booked
» for a couple of months out.
» That’s all I got guys and like I said it is pretty much straight from
» Acell and not conjecture on my part.
I must admit that I am confused by what you propose. If I’m reading this correctly, you are saying that you would like to:
(1) Perform a standard strip surgery HT
(2) Place that Acell extracellular matrix sheet inside of the open strip wound
(3) Suture the strip wound closed leaving the extracellular matrix sheet inside
(4) Allow the wound to heal as normal
If this is what you are saying then I fail to see the benefit. Once you suture the wound closed, how will the Acell sheet prevent scarring? Is the sheet absorbed into the body? Are you sure that the body will not reject the sheet? How is this any major advantage since you are essentially losing the donor tissue and hair that you remove which still leads to the problem of a limited donor supply?
I think that most people who are willing to go through the inconvenience of getting a HT (I’ve had 3 strip surgeries) would be willing to go an added inconvience to attain a “full” head of hair. If the purpose would only be to reduce scarring the a patient could easily just get FUE right now.
The fact that the patient must return to the HT clinic supports the reason why I’m contacting as many HT doctors as possible. It would benefit the HT patients of this forum to get a HT at a location convenient to them for this reason. For any patients considering a HT…YOU SHOULD ASK THE DOCTOR IF THEY HAVE CHECKED INTO ACELL. This stuff can be distributed to ANY doctor…I’ve had several phone conversations with the company myself.
If this stuff does have the capabilities to regenerate donor hair…I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE USED TO DO SO!
BTW…Jotronic, did you happen to read my post about ordering Acell. You stated that you cannot order Acell in Canada but I see that you have offices in the US…Why can’t you order it through the US offices (I know for a fact that it’s available in the US)? Also, how can Dr. Jones use it in Canada?
P.S. Has this product been tested on humans? I was of the understanding that they have not tested it on humans for this purpose at all. How did they come with the statement that complete regeneration should appear and be complete in five weeks if they haven’t studied it yet?