Of all the more recent developments in the range of treatments available to hair loss sufferers, A-Cell therapy combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is without doubt the most cutting edge application of modern science on the market today, it is even used to improve the condition of scar tissue We take a closer look at how each of the treatments work and what makes them such a superb combination.
ACell Inc. are an American company headed up by a former Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Alan R. Spievack. They specialise in regenerative medicine and have bought to market a unique product called Matristem. Matristem is a cellular scaffold for human tissue regeneration, it is placed into wounds to promote healing and was once hailed, back in 2008, as the medical breakthrough of the year - While this is not untypical hyperbole for a new medical product there is no doubt that Professor Spievack's work has made it's mark in surgical theatres around the world.
Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP)
PRP involves using the patients own blood plasma to produce a concentrate of platelets, these are the tiny blood cells that coagulate to form clots around the site of an injury. Once blood is taken from the patient it has an agent added to anticoagulate. It is then passed through two stages of centrifuge to separate the platelet poor plasma from the red blood cells. A normal baseline count of platelets in blood is around 200.000 per litre, the process of PRP sees that rise to around 1,000,000. This concentrate has thrombin and calcium chloride added which induces the release of a whole range of factors:
- Platelet-derived growth factor
- Transforming Growth Factor Beta
- Fibroblast Growth Factor
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor 2
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
- Epidermal Growth Factor
- Interleukin 8
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor
- Connective Tissue Growth Factor
This concentrate is then injected back into the same patient where it is trusted in hospitals around the world to assist in recovery from a huge range of treatments: Nerve injury; Tendinitus; Osteoarthritus; Cardiac muscle injury; Bone repair and regeneration; Plastic surgery; Oral Surgery. It has also made the news for it's use in the treatment of high profile sports stars as they attempt returns from injury.
A Potent Combination
Given that the two treatments share a delivery mechanism, that is to say both are injected directly at site, they lend themselves to being delivered together. In fact, they compliment one another perfectly. While the PRP promotes and supports the body's own natural processes for healing, the ACell provides physical support for that process. They offer an ultra-modern solution for the promotion of healing that has proven of great benefit to hair loss sufferers.
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