PRP, Fat Transfer, and beyond
Regenerative medicine is designed to restore and preserve the body’s physical integrity and physiological functioning at optimum levels. There are hundreds of skilled physicians world wide and innumerable patients that understand the concepts, believe in the treatments, and have enjoyed the results. The is despite that this is an area where no medical claims are made, and it is often considered ‘investigational’ in nature. At the forefront is Platelet-rich plasma or ‘PRP therapy’ , a 100% natural way to harness your body’s own regenerative powers. PRP takes a small sample of the patient’s own blood, and processes this sample in a special centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors that are derived from the platelets. This ‘PRP’ is then injected into the areas of concern, stimulating your natural regenerative process.
Virtually all of regenerative medicine is considered ‘cutting edge’ and is therefore an ’emerging technology’ or ‘investigational’, and not covered by insurances. Many are ‘off-label’ uses versus traditional FDA-regulated treatments that may have been tried with limited success by a patient already. Regenerative treatments open a whole new door to results. The fact that it is considered by some to be ‘new’ is interesting, since PRP has been around since the late 1970s and Dr Thaker has used PRP for wound healing as a young doctor in the late 1990s, when he was involved in wound care and research in the burn unit. Thus evoking the adage, ‘what is once old will be new again’. Book an appointment here.
Regenerative- Skin Care
It is used for cosmetic skin care of the face, breast, buttocks or other areas, injected or often combined with microneedling. For facials then it is sometimes called a PRP facial or a ‘dracula facial’, as popularized by many celebrities. The microneedling helps deliver the PRP below the skin, to stimulate inflammation and healthy regeneration. Dr Thaker also injects the PRP with a tiny ‘mosquito’ needle before microneedling, and even uses the other part of the patient blood sample, called PPP or ‘platelet poor plasma’ in the treatment. Thus we are using every element of the body’s own healing properties in multiple ways to produce the greatest results. In under an hour, this treatment helps to reverse signs of aging and sun damage. The true results are seen about one month later when healthy skin growth and healing shows most prominently.
Regenerative- pain management
At the forefront of regenerative therapy for pain management is Platelet-rich plasma or ‘PRP therapy’, a 100% natural way to harness your body’s own regenerative powers. PRP takes a small sample of the patient’s own blood, and processes this sample in a special centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors that are derived from the platelets. This ‘PRP’ is then injected into the areas of concern, such as a painful joint, stimulating your natural regenerative processes.
Dr Thaker has found that the key for determining how best to use PRP, is asking the most specific question possible. Thus, not ‘does PRP work for joint pain?’ The answer is it may work, it depends. Rather, following a thorough evaluation by Dr Thaker, the question becomes ‘would PRP work for medial compartment degenerative joint disease of this specific patient’s knee?’ By making a specific diagnosis and developing a unique treatment plan using regenerative therapies, Dr Thaker can thus best produce lasting results and relieve pain. There are even a few highly specific diagnoses that are covered fully by insurances for PRP, as a testament to its effectiveness in these areas, that Dr Thaker can determine by evaluation.
Apart from PRP, visco-elastic supplementation can be used for joint pain that has failed prior therapies, and to tremendous effect. This is injection of a prepared product into the knee joint, which many patients think of as ‘oiling up the knee’, with natural components found in healthy joint fluid. Hyaluronate is the key substance injected and found in joint fluid, that provides the lubricating and shock-absorbing quality to the fluid, and it is essential for the proper functioning of joints.
At times injection of substance into the spine, joint, or other area of the musculoskeletal system is of great value. These medications include lidocaine, such as for trigger point injections, painful areas of muscle tissue, that can produce pain and can be physically felt by a skilled examiner. Of course steroid injections are well known to calm inflammed joints and tissues and are often effective alone or in combination with lidocaine, and in conjunction with the methods from regenerative medicine.
Remember, just because the exact cause of pain has not been determined by prior doctors the patient has seen, this does not mean that a ‘pain generator’ does not exist. The patient is still in pain despite the lack of an exact diagnosis. It is not the patient’s fault medicine in the 21st century can not always determine its exact cause. This pain can and must be treated for the patient regardless. This is the cornerstone of Dr Thaker’s pain management philosophy. See more about pain management here.
Regenerative- Hair Loss
PRP can also be used to aid in the treatment of thinning hair, along with hair restoration surgery, or instead of surgery. Surgical transplantation is often combined with regenerative medicine or ‘PRP’ to stimulate hair growth and retention. To maximize yield of the procedure, PRP- platelet rich plasma, is combined with surgery or as an alternative to surgery for those who do not want an operation. PRP takes a small sample of the patient’s own blood, and processes this sample to concentrate the growth factors that are derived from platelets. This ‘PRP’ is then injected into the areas of concern on the scalp, to maximize growth and yield of the grafts, and aid in recovery of the harvested hair or ‘donor site’. The main reason is each individual only has so many possible donor hair follicles, even counting body hair which also can be used.
Thus the atraumatic technique used by Dr Thaker, minimal handling of the grafts to protect the delicate bulbs of the follicle, and use of PRP with surgery are key aspects of hair transplant surgery to maximize graft growth and cosmetic result. These aspects for graft survival are overlooked by the ‘factory approach’, where large suction machinery is used in other centers, where unlicensed technicians and non-M.D. staff perform key aspects that should be done exclusively by the surgeon. See more about hair loss here.
Regenerative- beyond PRP
By fine tuning the processing of the small blood sample as well as placement of this regenerative blood, different uses for PRP are theorized. For example, some red blood cells can be left in the PRP, to promote delivery of oxygen and nutrients to joint when PRP is injected for joint pain. Normally the main purpose of PRP is to remove red blood cells. If white blood cells or fibroblasts are allowed to remain with the PRP, still other uses may be offered. Even the very part of the blood sample that other doctors may discard, the PPP, or platelet poor plasma, has growth factors and can serve as a natural healing mask after facial procedures for example. Dr Thaker has taught hundreds of doctors and health care professionals his techniques at professional education from around the world. He offers all of these special techniques and tricks of the trade to his patients, in an individualized treatment plan customized for your benefit.
Regenerative- fat transfer
The best part about liposuction may be that the fat that is removed can be used for fat grafting or fat transfer to areas where the patient desires enhancement, such as hollow points on the face, or the breast or buttocks. Also, it is this very same fat tissue removed by liposuction, that is thought by some to contain regenerative cells or ‘stem cells’. This is one of the greatest areas of current medical research and development, as well as public interest. The harvest fat thus can provide structure to other areas of the body, once removed from the problem areas by liposuction, and these adipose-derived stem cells are theorized to have other regenerative benefits.
Liposuction uses powered or hand held suction instruments to surgically and permanently remove fat from problem areas like the ‘love handles’, ‘spare tire’ around the waist, ‘banana roll’ below the buttocks, submental ‘double chin’ and other areas of the face and body. Dr Thaker trained in a personalized preceptorship with the world’s expert in tumescent liposuction technique, Dr Jeffrey Klein. This is a method where local anesthetic solutions are injected into the areas for liposuction, for both pain control and to minimize bleeding.
Tumescent technique is regarded as the world’s safest liposuction technique as established over many decades, hundreds of surgeons, and several thousands of cases world wide. This is superb not only to minimize discomfort, but to maximize patient safety. The patient is comfortable and alert, communicating with the team as needed during the procedure. There is no risk from general anesthesia or IV sedative medications, or ‘going to sleep and not waking up’ as some patients say.
Thus fat transfer is a unique surgical treatment, where what is normally unwanted and discarded, body fat, is placed elsewhere in the body for tremendous benefit. See more about fat loss here.
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