How does Regenerative medicine work?
Cells are the building blocks of tissue, and tissues are the basic unit of function in the body. Generally, groups of cells make and secrete their own support structures, called the extracellular matrix. This matrix does more than just support the cells; it also acts as a relay station for various signaling molecules.
Cells receive messages from many sources that become available from the local environment and each signal can start a chain of responses that determine what happens to the cell.
Through medical technology we now understand how individual cells respond to signals, interact with their environment and organize themselves into a healing process. Scaffolds are created utilizing various regenerative medicine therapies allowing for the issue " self-assemble".
what is stem cell therapy?
From the young athlete to the aging retiree, clinicians continue to search for ways to control pain in Little Rock, AR and fast-track the healing process. Patients using various therapies has proven to have many benefits; these therapies harness the power and versatility of the human body to regenerate damaged skin, accelerate healing, reactivate hair follicles, heal wounds and alleviate pain.
Many people have heard of the usefulness of stem cell therapy but there's so much more to regenerative medicine than just stem cells. There are many regenerative components that can be used to create effective treatments that enhance the body's natural ability to heal. These therapies have helped countless patients manage their pain, recover from injuries sooner and rejuvenate their appearance.
Regenerative medicine is a form of tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function". When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the essential response to heal and defend. Harnessing and enhancing the body's own regenerative powers is a medical practice at the frontier of modern advancements whose properties may seem unbelievable to those who benefit from them. Many patients have turned to this result of scientific exploration that has begun to unlock and utilize the body's extraordinary ability to heal and restore itself.
What Conditions benefit?
soft tissue conditions:
Tendonitis, bursitis, ligament injury
post herpetic neuralgia
heart/kidney/lung failure (cardiomyopathy, copd)
migranes & cluster headaches
Phantom Limb Pain
SI Joint Pain
Regenerative procedures come in two forms. Those that require a biologic harvest from the patient: bone marrow or adipose tissue or those that come from an external source: PRP Therapy, amniotic fluid/membrane, and umbilical cord blood/tissue.
There are significant myths and misinformation that have been spread regarding the external source regenerative biologics. A lot of these myths are circulated by industry competitors who have presented biased and manipulated data to confuse prospective patients.
A lot of the functions provided during fetal growth translate into patient benefit during regenerative procedures such as preventing infection and tissue growth of all types such as collagen, tendon, lung, kidney, heart, etc.
Known as the “products of conception”, the regenerative materials from amniotic and umbilical tissue include the following:
Umbilical Cord Tissue
Umbilical Cord Blood
Research performed on the products of conception have shown several benefits to what the materials contain including:
High numbers of Stem Cells
Concentrations of Growth Factors
High numbers of Cytokines
Additional elements including exosomes, microsomes, secretomes, mRNA.
How Are Regenerative Materials Collected?
The amniotic and umbilical cord tissues are obtained from healthy, consenting donors who are under the age of 35 and undergoing a scheduled c-section. The FDA strictly regulates the process of how these tissues are acquired, tested, processed and stored to ensure the highest level of patient safety.
During a normal, scheduled c-section, the products of conception are normally discarded. This includes the amniotic fluid, placenta, umbilical cord and accompanying materials. In this case, the products of conception are DONATED by the mother, while not affecting the new baby. The materials are placed in a sterile container and taken to the nearby FDA registered, certified laboratory right away.
While the actual biologic material from the donor is extremely similar, the processing can vary. All donors are heavily screened for diseases and are under the age of 35. The DNA factors are removed to prevent rejection, making the biologic material immunologically privileged. The main differences occur when the material is processed at the FDA Certified lab. While the FDA is strict about how the materials are processed, there are some significant differences that can take place.
Not all these products are the same once processing is complete, so it is critical to receive treatment from an expert provider who is using a quality product. Nirvana Med Spa in Little Rock, AR has inspected the materials used extensively.
the biologic materials come from a lab in utah that is well regulated. we have excellent success rate!
there are NO ethical concerns with the materials being used from the products of conception.
NO embryonic stem cells are used in the US anymore legally.
There is NO fetal tissue, NO cloning and ALL donors are consented and screened according to FDA regulations.
PRP Therapy in Little Rock, AR
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and involves a simple blood draw from the patient. This blood is placed into a kit and spun quickly for 10-15 minutes in a centrifuge machine. What this does is separate the blood into several layers.
The middle layer is termed the “buffy coat” and contains concentrated platelets, white blood cells, and 8-12 growth factors. There are minimal stem cells in PRP, if any, so it is a very helpful regenerative biologic but NOT a stem cell therapy.
At Nirvana Med Spa we offer several different services that utilize PRP such as: Hair Transplant and Advanced Facials
Does Insurance Cover This?
Currently insurance does not cover regenerative procedures. Insurance coverage gets complicated even for FDA Approved drugs, and keep in mind there is no way a pharmaceutical company can patent amniotic fluid or umbilical cord tissue.
It is extremely common for new technology to take 5-10 years before it becomes accepted for coverage from commercial payers and Medicare.
Nirvana Med Spa does not want finances to get in the way of receiving regenerative therapies so, we several financing options and payment plans.