We now offer regenerative medicine and currently provide a number of new treatment options that were not available just a few years ago.
As our bodies age, we experience:
- longer healing time
- changes in our body chemistry including our hormones
- increased inflammation
- cell exhaustion (cell aging)
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is an area of healthcare that has the potential to produce a disruptive effect on the way we manage certain ailments associated with aging. Allogeneic human cell and tissue products are able to supplement the body’s natural healing process.
How does Regenerative Medicine work?
Over time our tissue can lose functionality due to age, injury, and disease. This may cause cellular aging and chemical changes in the body that can create longer healing time. As your body loses its ability to repair itself, regenerative medicine cooperates with your body’s natural functions to help supplement, cushion, and provide support right where it is needed.
At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic we use only regenerative medicine that is FDA-compliant and sourced from the rich Wharton’s Jelly layer of the umbilical cord along with amniotic fluid and tissue from healthy, full-term donors.
What is Wharton’s Jelly?
Wharton’s jelly is a gelatinous substance in the umbilical cord that provides cushioning and support to the umbilical vein and arteries. It is known to be a rich source of cytokines, growth factors, proteins, and mesenchymal stem cells.
Hair Loss Treatment with Regenerative Medicine and PRP
The addition of this regenerative medical procedure incorporating biological compounds including cytokines, growth factors, proteins, mesenchymal stem cells, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) embodies the newest, most advanced technologies available. When these biological compounds are injected into a patient’s scalp, they work in conjunction to provide optimum follicle support. Patients have reported thickening of existing hair as well as an awakening of dormant hair follicles in the treated areas.*
How is the procedure done?
For this treatment, we draw a sample of blood from the patient to create platelet-rich plasma. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the blood platelets, white blood cells, and plasma are separated from the red blood cells. Once the red blood cells are removed, what remains is platelet-rich plasma, which is rich in healing properties and growth factors. Professional athletes have used PRP for years to aid in their recovery after injury or surgery.
The patient’s PRP is added to the biological compounds containing cytokines, growth factors, proteins and mesenchymal stem cells. This incredibly rich healing serum is then injected with a tiny needle every half-inch into the scalp across the area of thinning hair.
Would I be a good candidate for Regenerative Medicine and PRP for hair loss?
This procedure is most effective for people in the early stages of hair loss, as the hair follicles have only recently become dormant. If you are experiencing thinning hair, you are an excellent candidate for this exciting new treatment. For men, the thinning can be more widespread. For women, thinning tends to occur along the part line of their hair.
It is not effective for long-term, fully balding areas.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment?
The experience is extremely similar to the PRP treatment. A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge and their platelet rich plasma is prepared and ready to be injected into the desired areas. The only difference is the addition of the regenerative medicine compounds which are added to the vial.
There is much in the news today about stem cells. To characterize regenerative medicine as just stem cells, is not only incorrect, it is not in compliance with FDA guidelines.
The body’s regenerative process requires a dynamic environment consisting of a variety of growth factors, cytokines, scaffolding, hyaluronic acids, mesenchymal stem cells, and chemokines. In the event of injury, the body relies upon more than just a stem cell for recovery. It needs the complex rally of many cells and proteins to ignite or aid the regenerative process and return to full function.
*Individual Results May Vary