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October 25, 2022

Acorn 101

Everything you need to know about Acorn Biolabs, from how it works, why we bank the hair follicle, and the best time to get banked.
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There’s a revolution happening in medicine. Emerging regenerative cell treatments have the ability to leverage our own cells to heal our bodies. Studies show that cell treatments can rejuvenate nearly every tissue, from skin and hair, to muscle and bone, and even organs and neurons

And this isn’t a far distant future, we’re already seeing athletes use cell therapies for injury recovery, doctors using them for disease intervention and even red carpet celebrities leveraging cells in their skincare routines.

However, as we get older, our cells age with us. They accumulate damage over time which means that regenerative treatments will only be as powerful as the cells being used. 

Acorn live cell preservation is the world’s first non-invasive cell preservation solution allowing you to prepare for the future of regenerative treatments. 

With Acorn, you collect cells via plucked hair follicles and cryogenically freeze them. This stops the cells from aging, giving you a collection of your own younger cells to use in upcoming treatments.

Here’s a breakdown of how it works: 

1. Hair follicle collection: Your hair follicles are plucked and collected in a non-invasive procedure, available at any age.⁠

2. Laboratory processing: Upon arrival at the Acorn lab, we thoroughly examine the collection and send a report confirming the viability of your cells.⁠

3. Cryopreservation: Using cryopreservation, we freeze your cells to a temperature of -196°C. This ensures that they stay healthy and viable for your lifetime and are ready for you to access when you need them. 

Why bank the hair follicle?

The average person has roughly 100,000 hair follicles. They can be easily accessed non-invasively, making it an ideal cell source for regenerative medicine. The follicle contains cells that have the ability to help rejuvenate skin, regrow hair, repair tissues and even be leveraged in stem cell applications.

Some of the cell types found in the hair follicle include: 

  • Follicle stem cells can be turned into a wide variety of cells in your body
  • Keratinocytes are cells that produce the surface level of your skin
  • Deep tissue fibroblasts play a role in producing collagen and elastin

The hair follicle is also an abundant and replenishing  cell source, ideal for cell banking. Scientists observed that even in patients with balding, the cells that make up the hair follicles are still practically intact making the hair follicle a viable source for cell banking.

When should you get banked? 

We’re on the cusp of an anti-aging revolution, and it’s drastically changing how we heal our bodies and treat illness. But there’s a risk that today’s generations will miss out because, when we need our cells the most, they may be too old and ineffective to receive the full benefit of these treatments. As we age, so do our cells, and over time they lose their regenerative potential. When it comes to regenerative treatments, younger cells can provide younger results.

Preserving your own younger cells with Acorn as soon as you can is the first step you can take in preparing for the future of regenerative medicine.

Find out if Acorn is available near you: 

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