What does ACell stands for?
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ACell is a regenerative treatment common in many types of medicine, including hair transplantation. A type of extracellular matrix, ACell regulates cell behavior and stimulates cells through numerous types of growth factors and nutrients. The products has great reputation for regenerating skin tissue that promotes faster, improved healing following a hair transplant procedure.
A regenerative extracellular matrix, ACell is a leading treatment in several medicines. Its major claim to fame is augmentation of tissue healing: ACell products encourage the rate and quality of regeneration. Put another way, ACell encourages faster and scarless healing.
As an actual cellular matrix, ACell does not consist of human cells at all. Instead, it consists of porcine urinary bladder matrix adapted for human medicine. ACell's formulas and processing specifics are proprietary, but we know that it is packed with carbohydrates, collagens, and proteins to facilitate the best healing possible. There are several types of ACell products available, including external wraps, internal wraps, and powders. Applied to hair transplantation, ACell almost always involves injections of the powder form to encourage faster, more effective recuperation.
Hair transplant procedures are increasingly less invasive. However, they do cause trauma. Surgeons and patients alike will mention scabbing, displaced hairs, etc. This is why ACell can be exceptionally useful for hair transplantation. Most significantly, ACell helps minimize scars. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the latest in hair transplantation, but its results depend largely on the surgeon's expertise. One of the most critical elements of a FUE procedure is the extraction; if it goes too deep then a scar may form. Ideal FUE will not leave any noticeable scars while substandard FUE will leave scars that, to many, appear similar to a moth-eaten garment. An earlier hair transplant method meanwhile, Follicular Unit Transplant, will always require months to recover while also leaving a lateral scar. Just as with FUE, ACell can enhance healing from a FUT procedure but, near all studies indicate, will not cancel out its inevitable scar.
ACell also prolongs, and may enhance the effects, of blood therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Patients who receive PRP alone must have the treatment every month. With ACell, however, PRP patients only require injections every half year or year.
ACell is also particularly ideal for Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant. Presently among the least invasive transplants available, CIT® is the only option that leaves stem cell remnants. The addition of ACell encourages these stem cells to regenerate, leading to an average donor follicle recovery rate between 30% and 40%. Put simply, that means 300 to 400 new follicles develop for every 1000 single extractions. Such exceptional yield is truly unprecedented, as transplants typically relocate hair from one part of the head to another. CIT® + ACell, meanwhile, increases total hair count. Learn more about ACell, CIT®, and other options by contacting us today!