So many options, what do you pick?
When you visit a clinic practicing regenerative medicine, it can sometimes be confusing when you are met with a wide array of different treatments and services, all of which fall under the umbrella of “regenerative” or “stem-cell-based medicine”, and it may not be quite clear how they apply to you, which treatment you should pick, or why a doctor has recommended a particular protocol.
At NuaCell, for example, there are many treatments available, from Carboxytherapy, PRP, Prolotherapy and PRF, to Nano and Micro Fat adipose-tissue-derived cell procedures. These treatments can be performed on their own, or also in conjunction with each other as combination therapies, triple or quattro therapies.
When you have a consultation with your practitioner, he/she will often analyse your case carefully, and then prescribe a recommended treatment plan based specifically on your own requirements and the details of your condition. But how does the doctor decide what treatments to use, are some better than others, and how can you make sense of these procedures so you understand exactly what is recommended, and how it works?
So many options can sometimes lead to confusion when it comes to regenerative treatments.
This short guide will help you get a handle on some of these questions
First, let us look at some of the most common regenerative treatments you will come across.
Prolotherapy – This is a relatively simple but effective treatment for orthopaedic issues like sports injuries, where the goal is to stimulate a healing response in the body. The area of injury is injected with an irritant, usually a form of dextrose, and B vitamin complex, and manual irritation using the needle is performed, to cause an inflammatory healing response and regrow and repair the damaged tissue.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) – Your own blood is processed to extract the plasma, which contains many healing and growth cells, including haemopoietic stem cells, which are very effective for both skin and hair restoration, as well as for muscle, bone and joint injuries.
PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) – This is very similar to PRP, in that it is also extracted from your own blood, however the preparation of the PRF is different, and as a result it contains fibrin, which supports early growth of tissue, and higher concentrations of healing cells like leukotrienes. PRF also contains haemopoietic stem cells.
Growth Factor Injections – While technically not a true regenerative treatment, in so much as it uses a synthetic compound as opposed to your own cells, Growth Factor Injections do contribute to growth and repair of tissue, so they do fall into this bracket. At NuaCell the GF compound contains special copper peptides which have been shown to be very effective for hair growth and maintenance in particular.
Nano Fat and Micro Fat (Adipose-Derived Cells) – Your subcutaneous (under the skin) fat contains a rich supply of healing and growth cells, including what are known as multipotent stem cells. This means that, when properly harvested and processed, these cells are capable of growing many different types of tissue in the body very effectively, from skin and hair to muscle, bone, tendon, cartilage and more. Micro fat is one type of this treatment, which is particularly effective for aesthetic and volume treatments, as an alternative to fillers in the face for example, as it still contains lipocytes, which are the fat cells that can give support and shape to an area. When the fat is broken down even further, into nano fat, this releases more of the super potent cells for healing and growth, and this is very useful for orthopaedic issues and sports injuries.
Nano fat and Micro fat are advanced forms of regenerative medicine.
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