FAQ & MYTHS
Top questions and myths about stem cell therapy and PRP.
WHY CHOOSE DYNAMIC STEM CELL THERAPY?
We use adipose (fat) derived stem cells for therapy!
Adipose stem cells are SVF or stromal vascular fraction. This is all mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) cytotherapy from adipose or fat cellsMesenchymal Adult Stem Cells (ASC’s) derived from peripheral fat have been found to yield a much greater number of pluripotent stem cells than those coming from blood, bone marrow, or controversial embryonic sources. This high-dose of stem cells can be obtained and re-infused in just a couple of hours.
The entire procedure is complete in the same day using your own stem cells given back to you after being less than minimally manipulated with our revolutionary methods. Dynamic stem cell therapy’s procedures are minimally invasive and safe. We provide the entire 3-4 hour procedure all within our beautiful clinic.
The yields through harvesting adult stem cells from fat have been shown to beat any other method by a factor of 5 to 10 times or more.
Stem cells derived from other sources than fat mostly become blood cells:
Peripheral blood extraction yields studies showing 50% become blood cells and only 50% become regenerative cells.
Bone marrow extraction of stem cells have been constantly proven to be much more painful than our minimally invasive procedure. Hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow can give rise to red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
Blood-forming stem cells don’t generate liver, lung, or brain cells. In addition, bone marrow extraction also only produces low yields of stem cells (about 50,000). With only about 0.01% to 5% of those becoming regenerative tissue cells. Adipose harvesting has 2500 times the amount of stem cells per mL when directly compared to bone marrow extraction. Fat is more abundant and accessible than most other sources and contains 90% more viable cells than that of bone marrow. Studies of adipose harvesting have shown that only 5% will become blood cells, while 95% are mesenchymal stromal stem cells that will become regenerative tissue cells.
We don’t use controversial embryonic stem cells.
We don’t use these because these are not your own stem cells. There is a risk of your immune system rejecting these stem cells. There are also ethical concerns and study findings of tumor formation.
We distribute autologous stem cells through Intravenous (IV) delivery.
Stem cells reintroduced IV are delivered through your blood stream, pumped by the heart, which allows the extracted cells to go wherever your body is in need of repair and rejuvenation. Not only localized benefits, but systemic. Potential regenerative healing can be achieved in this minimally less than manipulated process. Some studies have shown this delivery method is superior for central nervous system repair. This way, cells have the capability of crossing the blood-brain barrier. Patients receive their own autologous cells, so there is an extremely low risk of immune rejection. A boost of immune function and an overall reduction of inflammation in the body have been noted in patients who receive systemic IV delivery.
The benefits last!
Results will vary from patient to patient depending on the ailment and the natural variation in isolated cells. Results have been shown to last 5 years depending on the ailment and the age/overall health of the patient.
STEM CELL THERAPY FAQ
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into some or many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each "daughter" cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Where do stem cells come from?
There are several sources of stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells can be isolated from human embryos that are a few days old. Cells from these embryos can be used to create pluripotent stem cell "lines" —cell cultures that can be grown indefinitely in the laboratory. Pluripotent stem cell lines have also been developed from fetal tissue (older than 8 weeks of development).
In late 2007, scientists identified conditions that would allow some specialized adult human cells to be reprogrammed genetically to assume a stem cell-like state. These stem cells are called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). IPSCs are adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell–like state by being forced to express genes and factors important for maintaining the defining properties of embryonic stem cells. Although these cells meet the defining criteria for pluripotent stem cells, it is not known if iPSCs and embryonic stem cells differ in clinically significant ways. Mouse iPSCs were first reported in 2006, and human iPSCs were first reported in late 2007. Mouse iPSCs demonstrate important characteristics of pluripotent stem cells, including expressing stem cell markers, forming tumors containing cells from all three germ layers, and being able to contribute to many different tissues when injected into mouse embryos at a very early stage in development. Human iPSCs also express stem cell markers and are capable of generating cells characteristic of all three germ layers.
Although additional research is needed, iPSCs are already useful tools for drug development and modeling of diseases, and scientists hope to use them in transplantation medicine. Viruses are currently used to introduce the reprogramming factors into adult cells, and this process must be carefully controlled and tested before the technique can lead to useful treatments for humans. In animal studies, the virus used to introduce the stem cell factors sometimes causes cancers. Researchers are currently investigating non-viral delivery strategies.
Non-embryonic (including adult and umbilical cord blood) stem cells have been identified in many organs and tissues. Typically there is a very small number of multipotent stem cells in each tissue, and these cells have a limited capacity for proliferation, thus making it difficult to generate large quantities of these cells in the laboratory. Stem cells are thought to reside in a specific area of each tissue (called a "stem cell niche") where they may remain quiescent (non-dividing) for many years until they are activated by a normal need for more cells, or by disease or tissue injury. These cells are also called somatic stem cells.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition. Also known as regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy promotes the healing of diseased, dysfunctional or injured parts of the body through the application of stem cells. The stem cells used at Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy are taken from your own body in a minimally invasive procedure and injected back into your body on the same day so that they have the potential to start healing you as soon as possible.
What is regenerative medicine?
In 2016, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a CNN special report in which he stated,
“Stem cells are like a reserve army, awaiting activation, that contain undifferentiated or basic (“stem”) cells that can replace and rejuvenate diseased or damaged cells. This IS Regenerative Medicine.”
We agree with him completely.
What types of stem cells are there?
Stem cells can come from a few different sources, including adipose stem cells that come from fat, umbilical cord stem cells, and bone marrow stem cells. Most people are unaware of the healing potential of their own fat cells, but with adipose stem cell therapy, they can be used to treat all sorts of conditions.
Do you use controversial embryonic stem cells?
No. We don’t use these because these are not your own stem cells. There is a risk of your immune system rejecting these stem cells. There are also ethical concerns and study findings of tumor formation.
What types of stem cells does Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy use?
At Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy we use adipose stem cells from fat. We can also use umbilical cord stem cells or bone marrow stem cells in certain circumstances. Additionally, we do PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy.
Am I a good candidate for stem cell therapy?
Everyone is unique, so the surest way to get a good answer is to call us at (702) 547-6565. However, if you have been experiencing joint pain, have an orthopedic or sports injury, have been recommended for surgery, or are suffering from any number of diseases or other conditions, you might be a good candidate for stem cell therapy.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Although stem cell therapy's effectiveness has yet to be proven over a very long term, beneficial results lasting 10+ years have been frequently reported across the nation.
Is stem cell therapy covered by health insurance?
We want you to know: therapies associated with stem cells are in clinical trials at this time and are not covered by any health insurance companies.
The safety and efficacy of the utilization of adult stem cells were the subject of many clinical trials before funding was severely cut in 2001. Patient funded research is still underway however, and we are very proud to be a part of this revolutionary researching process. The field of regenerative medicine is exciting and we are proud to be able to provide this right here in our United States of America.
We are happy to give military discounts to our United States armed forces and their veterans.
STEM CELL THERAPY PROCEDURE HIGHLIGHTS
How do you obtain stem cells?
Stem cells are harvested from adipose tissue or fat from you (the patient). Then, once harvesting is complete, extraction of the stem cells occurs through a minimal manipulation process. This is performed to concentrate the stem cells for deployment back to you. Our team of professionals can inject joints or re-infuse the concentrated cells through an established IV for delivery to all points needing regeneration or repair. This entire process is done within the same day and all within our comfortable and beautiful facility.
How long does the harvesting technique take?
The mini liposuction only takes about 20 minutes. Once the fat has been extracted, the patient can relax or sleep while the stem cells are isolated.
How much fat do you take?
Only 50 mL of fat is needed to extract stem cells for infusion by means of our revolutionary procedure. However, some patients choose to cryogenically freeze excess fat for use at a later time in case of a future injury or discovery of disease. In this regards we can take as much as 200 mL of fat for storage all within a sterile, closed system free of contaminants.
Where do you take the fat from?
We harvest the fat from love handles or the abdomen.
What kind of anesthesia do you give?
Local anesthesia only is given for harvesting. This is done under close medical supervision. Continuous vital sign monitoring is adhered to as needed. In some cases mild sedatives can be used to reduce anxiety.
Am I going to have scars?
You may have tiny marks that look similar to small freckles. Following the procedure careful care will help minimize the scar tissue.
What happens after the extraction technique?
Following your mini-liposuction, the medical staff will isolate your stem cells while you wait. Most patients will sleep during this time.
How long does the entire procedure take?
Most patient procedures will be completed within 3 to 4 hours.
Can I go home afterwards?
Yes. However you will need someone to drive you to and from the office.
Will I be able to return to normal activity right away?
Yes! Post operative discomfort is minimal and there is minimal restriction on activity.
How long is the recovery?
Many patients are able to go back to work on the following day. However, you may be sore for about a week following the procedure. Most patients see a return to normal exercise and activity within 2 weeks. Patients have seen a return to high level activities in as little as 3-4 weeks.
How long does it take to see improvement?
Individual ailments vary and the outcome of stem cell therapy depends on your body’s unique healing process. Some patients have experienced results immediately or within just days of receiving stem cell therapy. Other patients may take months to reach optimal resolution of their ailment. No one can guarantee the outcome for this or any treatment. Each patient is different and the results will vary.
What is getting a stem cell injection like?
Relatively quick and painless. Many patients have some cells taken from their body or supplied prior to the procedure, and the injection itself only takes a moment. Patients go home the same day and are usually free to return to work the next day.
Here is an example of the injection in action:
What is PRP and why do you use it with Stem cell therapy?
You can think of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as the fertilizer that helps enhance regenerative medicine, since it contains important growth factors for the renewing of cells. These cells can be used to repair and rejuvenate the body.
Also autologous, PRP is essentially a fraction of your peripheral blood that can stimulate healing. Research shows that PRP activates recruited resident stem cells within your body and creates a higher likelihood of a positive response to your regenerative medicine procedure.
PRP can elicit a healing response by the use of platelets and numerous growth factors. Growth factors contained in platelet-rich plasma are directly responsible for activating autologous adipose derived stem cells and even allogenic umbilical cord stem cells. Each of the many growth factors contained play important roles in our body’s wound healing and cell regeneration.
Using PRP in effect acts as an activator of your stem cells and is essential as a medium for the stem cells to grow and proliferate in and help the cells get distributed to areas in need of repair and rejuvenation. Research has shown that high amounts of activated stem cells reintroduced back into your body can increase the likelihood of a positive response to a stem cell therapy procedure.
When elected, PRP is a critical part of the regenerative medicine services we offer.
How do you obtain the PRP?
We take a small amount of venous blood from you (the patient) and isolate the PRP layer. We take whole blood through sterile venipuncture for processing. Prior to the procedure the blood is transferred into a closed vacutainer tube and centrifuged to extract the PRP.
What is the science behind PRP?
One use of PRP for stem cell activation is for the skin. Science knows unipotent stem cells lie dormant in the skin as they provide the building blocks for healing when one sustains a burn or cut. Until recently, physicians had no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors found in the blood (specifically the platelets), a physician can activate the unipotent stem cells already in the skin (and other areas) and tell those cells to grow new, younger-appearing skin (or other tissue where it is directed including musculoskeletal).
How many PRP treatments are needed?
Normally only 1 treatment is needed with results lasting 12-18 months.
Are PRP injections painful?
PRP injections should not be very painful at all. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest, patients regularly report any pain at only a 1.
What 3 parts of the aging process can improve regarding the skin?
1. The skin color becomes a “younger” color because of new blood vessel formation.
2. New collagen formations in the dermis lift the face back to more youthful shape.
3. Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.
What is a PRP facelift, how does it work, and what can it do for me?
During the process of a PRP face lift, regenerative medicine is used to tell the body to grow new, younger skin. There are unipotent stem cells which grow only one specific tissue, and can be found in every part of the body. For example, unipotent stem cells in the pancreas grow new pancreatic tissues. Unipotent stem cells in the skin grow new skin. Thus, our PRP facelift takes the cosmetic rejuvenation process to a whole new level.
Since your body is in control of the regeneration and rejuvenation, each patient's body will react in its own way.
Benefits could include:
Soften fine lines & wrinkles
Look refreshed & younger, with a more youthful skin texture, color & tone
How is Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) similar to Hyaluronic Acid fillers?
PRP is similar to HA because it can also be injected to sculpt the face. But, here’s the best part: not only does the PRP cause an increase in the volume, PRP contains at least 8 growth factors.
What are the 8 Growth factors contained in PRP and how can they help me?
FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFIC RELATION TO THE SKIN:
1. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – Stimulates fibroblasts to secrete collagenase to degrade the matrix during the remodeling phase. Stimulates keratinocyte and fibroblast proliferation.
2. Transforming Growth Factor- Promotes angiogenesis, up-regulates collagen production and inhibits degradation, promotes chemo attraction of inflammatory cells.
3. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) – Endothelial cells promote angiogenesis during tissue hypoxia.
4. Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) – Promotes angiogenesis, granulation, and epithelialization via endothelial cell, fibroblast, and keratinocyte migration, respectively.
5. Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) – Attracts macrophages and fibroblasts to zone of injury. Promotes collagen and proteoglycan synthesis.
6. Interleukins, Macrophages, keratinocytes, endothelial cells, lymphocytes, fibroblasts, osteoblasts, basophils, mast cells – Activates fibroblast differentiation. Induces collagen and proteoglycan synthesis.
7. Colony Stimulating Factors – Stimulates granulocyte and macrophage proliferation.
8. Keratinocyte Growth Factor – Fibroblasts stimulate keratinocyte migration, differentiation, and proliferation.
What is microneedling?
This is a nearly painless technique to inject PRP in the dermal layer of the skin to promote facial collagen. We apply a topical anesthetic well before the procedure begins to allow you the most procedural comfort as possible (Most patients sleep throughout the process). Post procedure we apply a state of the art cooling gel mask for our patients to wear home. For more information visit: www.dermapen.com.
How exactly do you perform microneedling for facial rejuvenation?
We attach a one time use microneedle tip to a DermaPen that is studded with tiny fine “micro needles”. The microneedle gently pricks your skin stimulating the creation of new skin cells and regeneration of damaged cells. Your own PRP is then massaged into the treated skin. The goal is to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and the creation of new cells. Your skin will glow and immediately feel smoother and softer, with progressive improvements continuing for several months to rejuvenate.
Why do you use PRP microneedling for facial rejuvenation?
Platelet Rich Plasma can help rejuvenate a patients facial appearance. Once processed PRP has been shown to contain 50% Red Blood Cells (RBC’s) and 50% stem cells (ASC’s). This may help with regeneration of facial collagen, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Can you microneedle anywhere else?
Yes, we can also help rejuvenate the neck and décolletage.
STEM CELL THERAPY & THE FDA
Why isn’t stem cell therapy more widely advertised?
FDA mandates limit us. We are unable to make any sort of medical claim about expectations for success. This includes posting written patient testimonials that include such claims on our website.
However, we always appreciate when our patients post their own testimonials publicly online in places like Google, Yelp, Facebook, or Youtube. We have a consolidated patient testimonials page for our patients to reference if they wish to honor us with a review, and from there, you can easily read the existing reviews to help you in making your decision.
FDA regulation and Politics of Stem Cell Therapy:
The FDA is set up to mandate devices and drugs only. The FDA needs to be able to understand this regenerative medicine field so it can approve and regulate this therapy. Right now it is NOT designed to. We hope this changes so that they'll be able to regulate all centers like ours in the near future!
Politics have no place in potential therapeutics like stem cell therapy and have swayed the general public as well as some of the medical community alike. It is a huge shame in our opinion, as Stem cell therapy has helped many of our own patients as well as numerous others the world over. This is an exciting field to be a part of and we hope you choose us here at Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy for your regenerative needs.
Is the stem cell isolation procedure FDA approved?
The FDA recently changed its "minimal manipulation" guidelines so it is not approved at present and the FDA has given all clinics three years to adapt to the changes. As we work towards this, our protocols still follow the same day tissue transfer guidelines and “minimal manipulation” guidelines that were set forth by the FDA prior to November 2017, which are:
Your stem cells are harvested and re-administered to you on the same day within a closed system. We utilize a sterile technique for harvesting autologous stem cells. We process (extract) your cells all in the same facility to prevent contact with any outside contaminants. Our isolation procedures fall under the category of physician’s practice of medicine wherein the physician and patient are free to consider their chosen course of treatment. This is provided as a service and as a practice of medicine only. This procedure is not a drug nor do we claim it to be a cure for any condition.
Do you have any questions? Call (702) 547-6565 and we'll be happy to speak with you!
MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS
Stem cell therapy is unethical.
We do not use any unethical practices at Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy, because we pride ourselves on providing ethical, proactive medicine to those it could benefit most.
The issue of ethical stem cell therapy has arisen because many people believe that the human embryo is a life that justifies protection and that the extraction of embryonic stem cells is unethical. At Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy, we do not use these controversial embryonic stem cells. We do use adipose-derived adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells.
Using adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells does not create or promote ethical issues. With adipose stem cell therapy, you use stem cells taken from your own body to treat your own conditions. It doesn't get any better than that!
Stem cell therapy is invasive.
Adipose stem cell therapy is minimally invasive, and is one of our most sought after therapies because of it. You don't have to be anxious about pain and discomfort. You can have the entire procedure completed within hours with little to no downtime.
Do you have any worries? Call (702) 547-6565 and we'll be happy to answer your questions!
I can't afford stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy is much more affordable than people think.
There isn't much reputable information about stem cell therapy.
There is a whole lot more than most people think. You should always thoroughly research any health decision you are going to make, but it can be hard to find reliable information. To help you, we've not only compiled this FAQ, but we also provide a great deal of downloadable information and helpful links for you to look over. Please contact us if you have any questions!
I heard that stem cell therapy is very dangerous!
Although stem cell therapy's effectiveness has yet to be proven over a very long term, beneficial results lasting 10+ years have been frequently reported across the nation.
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