Skin aging takes place on a cellular level so it makes sense to fight those changes at the same level – that’s where regenerative therapies like PRP, ADSC’s, exosomes and umbilical growth factors come into play.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses growth factors in your own blood to signal your skin’s stem cells. PRP is made after collecting a small amount of blood from the patient and then spinning it down to isolate the potent growth factors found within the platelets. All of our cosmetic regenerative therapies at Docere Medicine use PRP.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA
(PRP) HAS BEEN SHOWN
IN CLINICAL STUDIES TO…
Increase collagen production
Improve wound healing and
health of skin
Improve the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles
Decrease the appearance of
dark circles and hyperpigmentation
Improve texture and firmness of skin
Improve blood supply to the skin
Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (ADSC’s), obtained from the patient’s own fat by a mini-liposuction procedure, can be added to the PRP to further enhance skin rejuvenation. Adipose-Derived Stem Cells are rich in Mesenchymal Stem Cells, which have the ability to bring about diverse regenerative changes in the skin.
STUDIES IN SKIN REJUVENATION SHOW STEM CELLS, EXOSOMES AND GROWTH FACTORS CAN…
Increase collagen production
Improve blood flow to the skin
Provide photo-protection to the skin
(protects again damaging UV rays)
Improve skin hydration and decrease
water evaporation seen with aging
Increase the thickness and density of
the skin dermis
Improve wound healing and appearance
Our skin rejuvenation procedures are done in our office with topical numbing cream given prior to the procedure.
BEFORE and AFTER
Six months of stem cell
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The following are the most commonly asked questions at Docere Medical. If, after reading, you have any additional questions that we did not cover here, please feel to contact us at any time!
Is stem cell therapy a "miracle cure"?
No. While stem cell therapy shows promise in the rapidly growing body of scientific data, it has not been scientifically proven to be effective. Based on full-time stem cell therapy experience since 2014, we are very careful to only treat patients that we think we have a chance of helping. Namely; patients who are in overall good health who wish to improve the health of their skin, hair and sexual organs using the healing power of their own bodies. We do not treat any systemic disease at all. While we have helped many people, there are people we have treated that we have not helped at all. Our experience is that overall, we help more people than we don't help, but there is nothing about stem cell therapy that is either a "miracle" or a "cure".To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
What are the risks of the procedures?
There are very few risks involved. You are certain to be sore for a few days after the procedure, but that is a side effect, not a risk. Temporary bruising, redness and swelling are common after Dr Killen's procedures but generally improve within a week. Infection is a serious risk, but is extremely rare. The biggest risk of these therapies is that they won't help your condition, however, performed properly, they will not make your condition worse.
Does insurance cover these procedures?
Short answer: no. Long answer: stem cell therapy and PRP are considered experimental procedures. While some insurance companies will pay for platelet rich plasma or bone marrow aspirate concentrate when used by a surgeon in conjunction with certain orthopedic surgeries, they generally do not pay when used as an injection. For this reason, Docere Medical has a 'payment at the time of service' policy.
Do the Stem Cells come from my bone marrow, from my fat, or from both?
Do you have an Anesthesiologist so I can sleep through the whole thing?
Yes. We contract with board certified anesthesiologists to offer our patients 'deep sedation'. Deep sedation uses much gentler medications than general anesthesia, but you are very much asleep, you don't feel anything, and you don't remember anything afterward. It is the same type of sedation used for colonoscopies or dental procedures. It is our experience that we get better outcomes when people sleep through it. As such, our prices are structured so that sedation is included in the cost of treatment; you are not required to be sedated, but you are paying for it, so why not do it?
How many treatments will I want to do and how often will I receive them?
How soon might I notice improvement?
These therapies are intended to stimulate the growth and repair tissues. Typically, patients notice improvement after four to eight weeks and continue to notice continual improvement months after the treatment. Hair procedures often take longer to see results, as much as 6 months in some people.
How will I feel immediately after the treatment?
Are the results permanent?
What Guarantee do I have that will be satisfied with the results?
None. We are happy to report that our overall patient satisfaction rate is very high. We grow almost entirely by word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied patients. We help more people than we don't help, but we don't help everyone. We have found that the severity of the condition is much less of a predictor of the clinical outcome than is the overall health of the person being treated. If you're unhealthy, it is entirely possible that your stem cells don't function properly. We have observed that we tend to have inferior outcomes in people who are smokers, heavy drinkers, heavy narcotic users, diabetics, have uncontrolled hypertension, sleep apnea, lousy diets, and who have a negative outlook on life.
What recommendations do you make to optimize the outcome of Stem Cell Therapy?
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