On January 22nd, 2010, Dr. John P. Cole and The Cole Hair transplant Group will begin offering several new treatments in conjunction with CIT® (Cole Isolation Technique) hair transplant procedures. CIT® hair transplant is Dr. Cole’s proprietary non-strip transplant technique in which follicular units are extracted individually with the use of specially-designed tools. The innovative treatments we will be offering include Platelet Rich Plasma, ACell’s MatriStem and micro-needling. Preliminary evidence shows that these treatments may have the potential to improve and accelerate post-op healing, increase hair growth, and reduce scarring. We encourage patients to take advantage of these exciting new treatment options.
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a cell-based therapy that uses your body’s own natural cells to accelerate and significantly improve the healing process. Platelets are an important component in the clotting of blood. The theory behind PRP therapy is that, by increasing the number of platelets in a given site, growth factors will be released, promoting the process of tissue repair or regeneration. PRP is derived from each patient's own blood, which is separated to form a high concentration of platelets containing over thirty growth factors that promote faster healing, collagen synthesis, and the formation of new blood vessels. PRP is administered in the form of injections into the extraction sites to improve dermal healing. It is also offered as a topical gel for the treatment of donor areas. PRP could potentially help reduce the occurrence of hypopigmentation (“white spotting”) among some of our patients. We are also investigating evidence that PRP treatment may improve graft yield; one study found PRP improved graft growth by as much as 15%. We will continue to assess to what extent these possibilities prove to be accurate. PRP treatment is both safe and effective because it utilizes the body’s own natural cells to promote healing.
ACell’s MatriStem is an exciting regenerative medicine that uses extracellular matrix (ECM) devices to repair damaged tissues. MatriStem has even been shown to stimulate the regeneration of tissue with varying degrees of success. ECM lays the framework that cells use to generate a given body part, guiding the cells to divide or form themselves into a particular structure. ECM shows great promise in the field of regenerative medicine; scientists have already used ECM to re-grow fingers, and even organs. In the future, it is possible that ECM could be used to re-grow extracted hair, potentially providing patients with an unlimited donor supply. MatriStem, ACell’s ECM device, is currently offered at IHTI in a powder format, which is applied to patients’ donor regions to promote fast and effective healing.
Micro-needling is a form of collagen induction therapy that can be used to treat scars and improve the overall appearance of skin. Micro-needling utilizes a hand-held roller with hundreds of tiny surgical steel needles which stimulate collagen and elastin production in the dermis layer of skin. These proteins have been shown to directly improve the appearance of skin. Micro-needling is a less expensive and invasive form of skin rejuvenation and scar treatment than other options, such as laser treatment. We encourage patients to try micro-needling for the treatment of any scarring they may have in the donor region.
If you have any questions, or would like to request more information, about the treatments discussed in this article, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-368-4247, or at thefree consultation form.