Stem Cell PRP
Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Regrowth in McLean, Richmond and Virginia Beach
Stem cells are the foundation for every organ and tissue in your body. Stem cells are defined by 2 properties: First, they can self-regenerate or self-renew themselves and divide, giving rise to more stem cells of the same kind. Second, they have the unique ability to develop into different types of cells. Therefore, they are called Pluripotent or Multipotent Progenitor Cells because they have this potential to develop into different cell types. It is the environment, or the tissue in which they are placed which ultimately determines what types of cells they will develop into. Stem cells can mature into various cells, tissues and organs of: Ectoderm (skin, nervous tissue), Mesoderm (cartilage, fat, bone) or Endoderm (muscle, gut, lung).
Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells
Stem cells can be categorized into 2 broad types of cells:
- Adult Stem Cells.
Under these two types are different classes of stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are from embryos. These are derived from the early embryonic tissue and there is, of course, much controversy concerning ethical and moral issues for their use. Fetal or Umbilical stem cells are from the umbilical cords of newborns. They possess a unique regenerative potential and serve as a rich source of undifferentiated stem cells. Amniotic tissues have been described as immune privileged because they rarely evoke an immune response in the human body.
Autologous stem cells refer to those stem cells, which are obtained and given back to the same individual. They are the individuals’ own stem cells. These are the Adult Stem Cells, which are found in many tissue types. They act as the repair system of the body, replenishing and maintaining the bodys’ organs and tissues. Adult stem cells can be found in Peripheral Blood. Stem cells in Bone Marrow have been used in medicine for many years with miraculous results. However, stem cells in a persons’ bone marrow decrease in numbers with an increase in the person’s age. Another very rich source of adult stem cells is from a persons’ own Fat Cells. Research has shown that there are 2,000 times more stem cells in the same amount of fat as compared to bone marrow. A simple, minimally invasive liposuction procedure is performed in order to obtain the stem cells. Fat cells collected through a small liposuction procedure will yield, on average, 60 million stem cells.
Innovation: Harvesting and Administration
Innovative surgeons today are using stem cell harvesting and administration. In the near future stem cells will serve as the treatment of choice for many medical conditions. These surgeons are combining PRP (platelet rich plasma) taken from a persons’ blood sample and combining it with the acquired stem cells, because the PRP contains a multitude of Growth Factors and Cytokinesneeded for the regeneration process of healing. In any healing process, there is a sequence which the body follows in order to heal itself. The first place is called the inflammation phase. This is where all the inflammatory factors initiate the cascade of the healing process. This is then followed by the regenerative phase where the platelets supply the growth factors and proteins called cytokines which signal for the body’s own stem cells.
So the platelets by their growth factors and signaling cytokines help stimulate the stem cells, triggering the healing cascade new blood growth, collagen synthesis, new growth and new tissue regeneration.
Stem cell science shows much promise for the future treatment for a wide range of conditions and diseases. In the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery, examples include stem cells for hair growth, face lift, breast augmentation, acne, buttocks enhancement, penile enlargement, and anti-aging therapies. Stem cells for orthopedic conditions are showing amazing results and are well known for sports injuries and even advanced osteoarthritis. They are used for the knees, shoulders, hip, elbows, ankles, and back offering the possibility of eliminating the need for joint replacement surgery. Stem cells are helping general medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, heart attacks, lung and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neurological diseases and diabetes.
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