A host of new treatments that show promise in improving healing and hair growth, as well as reducing the appearance of scarring will now be offered to our CIT (Cole Isolation Technique) patients. CIT is a non-strip hair transplant procedure invented, and performed exclusively, by John P. Cole, MD. These new treatment offerings include ACell’s MatriStem, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and micro-needling. All CIT patients are encouraged to take advantage of these promising new interventions.
ACell’s MatriStem regenerative medicine is creating huge buzz in the hair restoration industry. Matristem is a product that is primarily used to treat damaged tissue, and to minimize scar tissue formation. This FDA-approved technology encourages tissue formation at the site of damaged tissue. Unlike stem cell therapy, the use of MatriStem does not require the harvesting of tissue and is, therefore, much less costly than stem cell therapy. MatriStem will be used on CIT patients to significantly reduce patients’ post-op recovery time, permitting an even swifter return to daily activities. This product offers exciting promise to our hair transplant patients.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP therapy involves the injection or topical application of plasma containing five times the amount of platelets found in circulating blood. PRP is derived from each patient’s own blood which is separated to form a high concentration of platelets containing over thirty growth factors. These factors have been shown to promote faster healing, collagen synthesis, and the formation of new blood vessels. When applied, PRP can enhance donor site wound healing, reduce donor scarring and enhance healing at the recipient site. We are exploring the possibility that PRP may help patients maintain their native hair, and possibly even improve graft yield following a hair transplant procedure. One study found that PRP treatment enhanced graft growth by as much as fifteen percent. Although we cannot predict the true value of these possibilities at this time, we are hopeful that we will uncover further benefits, such as these, with PRP therapy.
Micro-needling is a collagen induction treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of scars. Tiny surgical steel needles on a hand-held roller are used to stimulate collagen production in the dermis layer (second layer of skin). Use of the roller causes collagen and elastin to be produced in the dermis as skin, and a small number of blood vessels, are pierced. Collagen and elsastin proteins directly improve the appearance of skin. This treatment will not typically cause swelling, and any trauma to the skin is minimal. Results from this process vary from patient to patient, but the treatment may be beneficial for patients with minor to extensive scarring in the donor area. Compared to other interventions, such as laser treatment, this process offers a much less expensive and invasive form of skin rejuvenation.