Regenerative Medicine – PRP, Fat Transfer, and beyond
We use regenerative medicine to restore and preserve the body’s physical integrity and functioning at optimum levels. Many cutting edge physicians world wide and innumerable patients understand the concepts, believe in the treatments, and have enjoyed the results. This is despite the fact that in this area exact medical claims are difficult to prove. Regenerative medicine is often considered ‘investigational’ in nature. At the forefront is platelet rich plasma therapy or ‘PRP’. PRP is a 100% natural and harnesses your body’s own regenerative powers. We take a small sample of your own blood, and process this plasma in a special centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors made by platelets. Finally, we inject ‘PRP’ into the areas of concern, to stimulate the natural regenerative process.
Virtually all of regenerative medicine is considered ‘cutting edge’ and is therefore an ’emerging technology’ or ‘investigational’. Thus, it is rarely covered by insurances. Many uses are ‘off-label’ uses versus traditional treatments that may have been tried with limited success by patients already. Regenerative medicine opens a whole new door to results. The fact that it is considered by some to be ‘new’ is interesting. PRP has been around since the late 1970s. 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, as well as to stimulate bone healing. Thus this evokes the adage, ‘what is once old, will be new again’. Book an appointment here.
Regenerative Medicine- Skin Care
PRP as a part of the field of regenerative medicine is used for cosmetic skin care of the face, breast, buttocks or other areas. We often combine PRP with microneedling. For facials some call it a PRP facial or a ‘dracula facial’, as popularized by many celebrities. Microneedling helps deliver the PRP below the skin, to stimulate healthy regeneration. Dr Thaker also injects the PRP with a tiny ‘mosquito’ needle, and even uses the other plasma, called PPP or ‘platelet poor plasma’ in the treatment. Thus we are using every element of the plasma for healing properties to produce the greatest results. In under an hour, this treatment may help 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 Medicine- 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 your 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. Pain Management Las Vegas- Dr Thaker describes our philosophy of care for pain treatment
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 Medicine- PRP for Hair Loss
PRP can also be used in the treatment of thinning hair, instead of surgery, or along with hair restoration surgery. 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. Thus, surgical transplantation is often combined with regenerative medicine or ‘PRP’ to stimulate hair graft growth and retention. We inject PRP into areas of concern on the scalp, to maximize growth of the grafts, and aid in recovery of the ‘donor site’. The main reason is each individual only has so many usable donor hairs. Thus, we support the growth of the grafted hair by using PRP. VIDEO: Dr Thaker offers hair restoration surgery in las vegas
Dr Thaker uses atraumatic techniques, minimal handling of the delicate bulbs of the follicles, as well as PRP with surgery. These are key aspects of our hair transplants which maximize graft growth and your cosmetic result. These aspects for graft survival are overlooked by the ‘factory approach’, where others use large suction machinery, often by unlicensed technicians and non-M.D. staff. Dr Thaker performs all these step by his own hand. These are key aspects that should be done exclusively by the surgeon. See more about hair loss here.
By fine tuning the processing of the plasma as well as precise injection methods, different uses for PRP are theorized. For example, some red blood cells are left in the PRP, to promote delivery of oxygen and nutrients when PRP is injected for joint pain. Normally we create PRP by removing the red blood cells. If certain white blood cells remain with the PRP, we can use PRP for other types of treatment. Even the part of the plasma that other doctors discard, ‘PPP’ or platelet poor plasma, has growth factors we use as a natural healing mask after facial procedures for example. Dr Thaker has taught hundreds of doctors and health care professionals his techniques from around the world. He offers all of these special techniques to his patients, in an individualized treatment plan customized for your benefit.
The best part about liposuction may be that the fat we remove, we can then use for fat grafting or transfer to areas where the patient desires enhancement. Examples include hollow points on the face, or augmenting breast or buttocks. Also, it is this very same fat that is thought by some to contain regenerative cells or ‘stem cells’. This is one of the greatest areas of current medical research, and public interest. Thus, we use the fat from liposuction to provide structure to other areas. Some also theorize this fat contains adipose-derived stem cells, with regenerative benefits.
Liposuction uses powered or hand held suction instruments to permanently remove fat from problem areas. Examples include, ‘love handles’, ‘spare tire’ around the waist, ‘banana roll’ below the buttocks, ‘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. We use it to control pain and to minimize bleeding, without the risk of other anesthesia.
Tumescent technique is regarded as the world’s safest liposuction technique. This is established over many decades, hundreds of surgeons, and several thousands of cases world wide. This method minimizes patient discomfort and maximizes patient safety. The patient is comfortable and alert, and can talk to the team as needed during the procedure. There is no risk from general anesthesia or IV sedatives, or ‘going to sleep and not waking up’ as some patients say.
Thus fat transfer is a unique surgical treatment, where body fat that is normally unwanted and discarded, we place elsewhere for tremendous benefit. See more about fat loss here.
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