PORT ORANGE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- There are many new technologies available for hair transplant surgeons today. But with so many technologies available and so many hair transplant surgeons claiming they have the best technology, how can one know which one is the best? The new chairman of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS), Dr. Marco Barusco, gives his opinion on some of the latest and upcoming technological advances in this field.
HypoThermosol(TM)Perhaps some of the most important technological advances are the ones dealing with tissue preservation. According to Dr. Barusco, once the donor hair is taken from the back of the head the clock starts ticking. "The quicker we re-attach the hair to the scalp the better the chance it will survive", Dr. Barusco said. Traditionally, surgeons have used regular saline solution to preserve the tissue, but HypoThermosol(TM) has been showing to have the best composition. It is easy to work with and preliminary observations suggest that it improves hair survival and overall results.
ACell(TM)ACell(TM) is used for wound healing and hair growth. It is rich in growth factors and collagen. This technology significantly benefits the patient but given its high cost very few surgeons use this material. When a doctor uses ACell(TM) the donor area of the scalp heals better, leaving a smaller and thinner scar, and the transplants grow better.
I agree with Dr. Barusco's comments here... there are a lot of new and exciting breakthroughs in the medical specialty of hair loss, hair restoration and hair transplants. Our experience with advanced graft-storage solutions like Hypothermosol or blood-derived Autologel PRP (platelet rich plasma) have been very encouraging. We currently use Autologel PRP as an adjunctive wound-healing treatment with every FUE NeoGraft hair transplant and are looking forward to being part of the new research to support its use. ACell and other ECM's for wound-healing also have their place, but we are NOT seeing the 'hair cloning' or hair regeneration in the donor area which was originally reported by some hair transplant surgeons who used ACell.
I was a little surprised that Dr. Barusco did not mention the worldwide trend toward FUE follicular-unit extraction--a procedure which has seen a dramatic exponential increase in volume within the past five years.
--Dr. Alan Bauman