Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Stem Beautiful Fat Graft or Mini-Liposuction Procedure?
A “Fat Graft” is fat tissue which is removed with needles from you abdomen, hip, or buttock area with a small needle. This is also referred to as a “mini-liposuction” procedure, similar to cosmetic surgery procedures. This Fat Graft contains many useful regenerative cells including Stem Cells. These Cells are then injected where your body needs them.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the part of your blood which contains specific cells, called Platelets. These platelets have several important jobs: 1. They help your body form blood clots when you bleed. 2. They travel to inflamed areas of our body and tell the stem cells where to do their work. 3. They contain important growth factors (fertilizers), which help the Stem Cells to succeed.

What is the difference between a Stem Cell Treatment and PRP?
Regenerative cells, including Stem Cells are removed from your bone marrow (BMAC) or fat (Fat Graft). PRP is a sample of your blood which contains specific cells, called “platelets”. A PRP treatment is sometimes adequate by itself as a treatment of inflamed tendons, ligaments or joints. However, if there is significant degeneration, a Stem Cell treatment is usually needed.

How long have these procedures been done for?
Stem Cell procedures have been done safely for the last 20 years. Initially, these procedures were done for cancer patients where stem cells from healthy donors were transferred to cancer patients. Over the last 10 years, doctors scientists have discovered that Stem Cells can also be taken from one part of a patient’s body and then placed into another area where they are needed.

How many of these procedures have been done?
Physicians have experience with thousands of PRP and Stem Cell procedures, spanning over 10 years.

How many treatments are needed?
Typically only one Stem Cell Treatment is needed. However, we may recommend several more Platelet Rich Plasma injections to help the stem cells become more active.

Do I have to take time off work for this procedure?
Our Stem Cell procedures takes up to 2-3 hours to complete. So, we do recommend that you take the day off from work. Most patients have no difficulty returning to work the next day but this may vary from patient to patient, depending on their occupation, body part, pain thresh hold and level of discomfort (if any).

Do I need a driver for my procedures?
It is recommended that patients arrange for transportation when coming in for treatments. Our clinic may arrange for this upon request only for your initial stem cell procedure.

When do I return to normal activity?
Though some patients may experience discomfort post treatment, you can return to most of your normal activities immediately. Depending on where the Cells were injected, you may feel some transient soreness or stiffness but no physical restrictions are given. We want you to move around!

Are there certain medical conditions which would disqualify me from having a Stem Cell procedure?
Yes. If you have an active form of cancer, we do not recommend our procedures. We may also identify other medical conditions which could disqualify you. For this reason, we will review your medical history and let you know if we find a disqualifying condition.

How can you tell if I am a candidate for the procedure?
Our doctors will review your Medical History to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures. This is followed by a formal patient consultation.

Is anything else added to the stem cells before you inject them?
Apart from using your own Stem Cells, we may also add natural growth factors to help the Stem Cells succeed.

How do you get my Stem Cells?
We use small needles to remove regenerative cells, including stem cells from your fat tissue. This is considered a small outpatient procedure. No open surgery is required.

How painful is the procedure to remove my Stem Cells and to inject them?
You doctor will use local anesthetics while your stem cells are transferred. Most patients experience minimal pain during the procedure.

Do I need an anesthetic for my procedure?
Typically, local anesthetics alone are adequate to provide pain relief. Sometimes oral sedatives may also be given.

How long does it take for Stem Cells to work?
After your doctor injects the conglomeration of different regenerative cells and Stem Cells where they are needed, they go to work right away. They will continue their repair process for up to 1 year or longer. This does not mean that you have to wait for results. Patients typically can see results in the first few weeks to months.

How much downtime is there after my procedure?
There is no real downtime with this treatment. However, you may experience an “inflammatory phase” for a couple of days after your procedure where the treated body part, may get inflamed with some discomfort, soreness and stiffness. But you should be able to resume normal activities soon after if you are up to it.

Could my body reject the stem cells?
Since the stem cells were taken from your own body the risk of rejection is extraordinarily low.

How often does the procedure work?
The great majority of patients are very happy with their results and would do it again.

I am taking blood thinners. Can I still have the procedure?
Many patients take blood thinners. We will screen them and let you know if you are still a candidate for our procedures.

Do I need any other therapy after my procedure?
Depending on your condition, we may offer other ancillary treatments such as Laser Therapy, PressureWave Therapy or additional PRPs to help the Stem Cell process. We may also recommend specific exercises and nutritional supplements.

Can certain supplements help with the success of the Stem Cell Treatment?
Yes. We will provide you with our own proprietary supplements to help the Stem Cells become as active as possible. This often adds to the success of the procedure.


Cytokine Therapy
OUR NEXT QUANTUM LEAP IN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE:  CYTOKINE THERAPY

Up until this time we had to depend solely on the body’s own production of growth factors such as those found in a PRP. The problem with the PRP is that the growth factors seem to run out after about one week. Now we are supplementing the cytokine production by giving these factors on an oral basis. We take this two steps further by using cytokines in the form of injectables and transdermal creams. With these different forms of cytokines a more sustained release of growth factors will occur enhancing the repair. We are now utilizing these growth factors on patients on a daily basis. We will prescribe a regimen of multiple growth factors to be taken on a daily basis. These cytokines are what we call recombinant which means they are produced in a lab by bacterial or yeast etc.

Cytokine therapy is one the new exciting fields in medicine which like stem cells has the ability to dramatically change the face of medicine and treatment protocols designed to conquer a variety of conditions. We may come to the conclusion someday that just using these cytokines may eliminate the need for harvesting stem cells. Will these cytokines make stem cells obsolete? I doubt it but only time will tell if this comes to fruition. Cytokine Medicine truly represents a Quantum Leap in Medicine. It certainly represents a Quantum leap in our practice. Cytokines are the building blocks of life. When we master cytokine therapy we will significantly reduce the debilitating effects of most diseases.

To be on the cutting edge of the cutting edge we utilize exosomes with our PRP, Stem Cell and Cytokine treatments. We have a propriety method of obtaining exosomes from the plasma. Exosomes are important in that they help transport growth factors to various areas of the body.