Advances in stem cell research have given doctors new hope that patients suffering from long-term pain may finally have an option for alleviating some of their discomfort. Stem cell therapy has been used to treat conditions such as:
Moderate levels of osteoarthritis
Doctors have successfully relieved patients of chronic pain in the knees, hips, spine, shoulders, feet and ankles.
In cases where stem cell therapy is the best option for healing chronic pain, Dr. Lee is capable of doing stem cell procedures using adipose tissue, but in accordance with recent FDA actions, he is only doing bone marrow stem cell isolations. Dr. Lee may begin the procedure with mild sedation. A small amount of bone marrow can be removed, usually from the hip via a suction method known as aspiration.
The sample is then placed in a spinning device called a centrifuge where the sample is then processed and then stem cells are isolated from the rest of the collected tissue and processed. The processing takes about 3 hours. Simultaneously, platelet rich plasma is also processed from a venous blood specimen. Platelets help prompt the stem cells to perform their healing and rebuilding functions. The stem cells and PRP are then combined and injected into the injured area. It takes about two to three months for the injured tissues to repair themselves.
Stem Cell Hair Restoration
Hair regeneration using stem cells grows hair using human multipotent stem cells (MSCs). Stem cell hair restoration therapy is a more aggressive treatment than PRP for hair restoration and is used for advanced hair loss. Stem cell therapy works by introducing massive numbers of stem cells into the scalp that differentiate at and restore the follicle allowing it to grow hair. The stem cells are derived from the patient’s body fat cells. Dr. Lee extracts a few ounces of fat from the patient during a pain free mini-liposuction procedure. The fat is taken from the lower abdomen or belly while under local anesthesia. Once the fat is removed, the stem cells are isolated.
A mixture of platelet rich plasma and stem cells is reintroduced into the scalp through microinjections. The receptor area is cleaned and prepped where new hair growth is desired. Because the wounds created during microinjections are so small, stem cell hair restoration can be used to restore previously untreatable areas like the eyebrows, moustache, beard, scars and burn wounds.
Stem cell hair restoration takes about three hours. Within five to seven days, the treatment area is fully healed and hair typically begins to regrow by three months.
Stem Cell Facial Fat Transfer
As part of a facial fat transfer procedure physicians are now able incorporate stem cells to help patients achieve the best possible results. Traditional facial fat transfer procedures involve using the patient’s own body fat to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face. Facial fat transfers are used when the volume in need of replacement makes commercially available fillers unaffordable. The problem is the results don’t usually last very long. Adult stem cells are introduced to the process to improve long-term results. Stem cell enhanced facial fat transfer procedures are used to treat volume depletion and chronic skin conditions such as wrinkles, sun damage and redness.
Adult stemcells are used during fat transfer procedures and they are extracted from fat in the patient’s abdomen or thighs. The entire procedure is accomplished in about three hours and the patient is given a local anesthetic and a mild sedative. Dr. Lee will start by removing two specimens of the subcutaneous fat from the abdomen or thigh area using a small syringe. Once it is harvested, Dr. Lee will process one fat specimen for the stem cells and growth factors. The second fat specimen is then combined with the concentrated stem cells. This mixture will later be re-injected into the treatment area.
This anti-aging process ultimately restores lost fat, enhances the volume of the face and improves the quality and texture of the skin.
Stem Cell Skin Rejuvenation
Stem cells’ potential application for healing, aesthetic procedures and pain relief are nearly limitless. Adult stem cells are taken entirely from adult tissue. No embryos are used in the process. Stem cells can deliver powerful results in cosmetic skin care, improving wrinkles, reducing sagging and increasing the skin’s volume. In addition to the stem cells, platelet rich plasma is often used in combination with them, and it contains two components that contribute to improving skin quality:
Growth factors: These play a key role in cell division, the growth of new cells and the production of collagen and elastin.
Proteins: These help regulate energy metabolism and are essential for stem cell formation.
Adult stem cells can be used in a variety of medical treatments, including skin rejuvenation. Stem cell therapy is a nonsurgical procedure in which cells are harvested from adipose tissue, processed and then placed into the selected area. They can be introduced by subcutaneous injection, needling or intravenously. This method provides minimal manipulation of the stem cells, which are washed using a sterile technique, concentrated and reintroduced into the individual. Once reintroduced, the stem cells differentiate into cell types of the tissue in which they are in contact, making stem cells very useful to treat numerous chronic skin conditions and much more.
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