I just spoke with Acell reguarding using their extracellular matrix. I talked to someone (who I won’t name for fear of misquoting him) knowledgeable about the product (not a receptionist) and he said that he has had several calls about using Acell in the hair restoration industry. He stated that most of the inquiries were by patients and not medical professionals. If I understood him correctly, it seems that most callers want to remove the balding tissue and place the extracellular matrix in that area to restore the lost hair. He stated that he didn’t know if that would work because the tissue in that area is receptive to the hormones that cause hair loss and he wasn’t sure how deep they would have to go to bypass this problem. He also reminded me that he is not an expert in hair loss.
I then stated that I thought it would be possible to use the Acell product in a traditional hair transplant. That is, remove the donor tissue from the side or back of the head, transplant it on to the top of the head and instead of suturing the tissue back together in the donor area, place the extracellular matrix over the area and allow it to regenerate. It would regenerate the tissue and the hair follicles…PROVIDING LIMITLESS DONOR SUPPLY! He said that it WOULD regenerate the removed tissue AND the hair. He thought that this would be a good application for this product. He stated that they have been in court battling over patent infringements over the past four years which has halted their progress but they have won the legal issues are are moving forward.
He stated that it would be at least a year before they have products on the market for the cosmetic industry (due to FDA) and the product has not been
FDA approved for hair restoration yet. This may slow down the process.
It sounds to me that THERE IS ALREADY A PRODUCT AVAILABLE that can help us to restore our lost hair but red tape must be cut to attain it. I would appreciate any input on this subject.