Stem cells are cells that have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. In many tissues, stem cells serve as a sort of internal repair system. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to 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.
Platelets contain multiple growth factors and proteins that enhance tissue regeneration and healing on a cellular level. They cannot replicate, however, and have a five- to nine-day lifespan. Studies suggest that platelets can improve inflammation, postoperative blood loss, infection, osteogenesis, wounds, muscle tears, and soft tissue healing.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained through a simple blood draw, in which the blood is drawn and then spun to separate out the plasma. There may be beneficial effects of PRP for acute and chronic non-healing tendon injuries, including lateral epicondylosis, plantar fasciopathy, cartilage degeneration, osteoarthritis (of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine), tennis elbow, and ankle and ligament sprains. PRP may also decrease healing time after an invasive laser treatment, and it can diminish the risk of hyperpigmentation. For best results, combine PRP with stem cells, as PRP could be considered an energy drink for your stem cells.
DermaHealth physicians have completed extensive training in stem cell therapy and fat transfer, and we are excited to offer this treatment to our clients. For more information, please speak with a member of the DermaHealth staff by calling 417-447-7777 or schedule a free consultation online.