Here what we need to know at the moment:
Conclusion : Acell Matristem has diverse applications in hair restoration surgery:
Enhances punch & strip healing
Results in “Soft” tissue (vs fibrotic scarring) but does not prevent depigmentation or the hairless gap. Good closure principles must still be followed and excellent technique is required to ensure good results.
Enhances results of FU grafting: Grafts appear thicker, more robust. Further study will help quantify and explain this result.
Facilitates follicle regeneration from implanted plucked hair (autocloning)
Are these regenerated hairs androgen sensitive? Part of the hair follicle (epithelial) is derived from the androgen insensitive donor area but is the mesenchymal (i.e. dermal papilla) derived from the androgen sensitive cells? Time will tell.
Will these regenerated hairs go through the normal hair cycle? In other words, will they grow during a normal anagen phase, shed, and then regrow for subsequent cycles? We plan to pluck some of the regenerated hairs to see what happens.
These results are very exciting but require more research and long term observation to fully understand what role this technology will play in hair restoration surgery.
©Jerry E. Cooley, MD
time will tell, we can just… wait. Go to the gym or play music meantime.