The following excerpt is from www.ACell.com website:
ACell’s proprietary urinary bladder matrix (UBM) technology platform is based on an extracellular matrix, or ECM, derived from porcine urinary bladder.
ACell’s proprietary method of processing this raw material results in MatriStem products that are differentiated from other competitive ECM products because they include an intact epithelial basement membrane on one surface and a lamina propria layer on the opposite surface. MatriStem devices contain multiple types of carbohydrates, collagens, proteins and other components, and are gradually resorbed by the patient following implantation.
These product characteristics facilitate a constructive remodeling process in the body that reduces scarring and facilitates the restoration of normal site-appropriate tissue. These features represent key competitive advantages over other treatment modalities and offer new application paradigms for many wound care procedures and surgical repairs.
As a result, MatriStem products are often used in complex slow-healing wounds or surgical procedures where leading competitive regenerative therapy treatments have not been effective.
It is used as a topical treatment for slow healing wounds and has FDA approval as a device, not as an injectable agent. They cite 89 research articles on the website and none of them refer to hair regrowth or use as an injectable agent for hair.
The ACell urinary bladder matrix “Matristem” is not listed as an appropriate for use in hair growth or hair regeneration on their website.
ACell’s MatriStem Products address a large, growing and underserved patient population. MatriStem products have received seven 510(k) clearances from the FDA and are indicated for the treatment of a wide range of regenerative and tissue repair applications in wounds and surgical soft tissue repair.
MatriStem Products are medical devices appropriate for the topical management of wounds and various surgical procedures. MatriStem is available in particle and sheet forms in various volumes, sizes and configurations.
As far as an indication and use, ACell and Hair Restoration lacks any medical literature or science proving that it is effective. It is certainly not an injectable agent and this far exceeds its .FDA approval as a device.
No scientific evidence that it works to regrow hair. I wish it did work.
I feel strongly that preying on individuals with hair loss as a miracle solution with no scientific evidence of benefits is unethical.
There are good dietary means available to improve the connective tissue in skin and does not include injecting ACell subcutaneously. I call upon all those promoting for Acell for reversing hair loss to show the real scientific evidence. Acell is not recommended for hair loss. Don’t waste your money on ACell for hair loss.
Dr. Brian Goertz MD
Board Certified American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery