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Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment
The Dermatologist’s Guide To PRP Hair Regeneration

As a powerful medium of regeneration, Platelet-Rich Plasma has seen the most aggressive growth in demand among patients suffering from Alopecia. This is despite the relative lack of evidence surrounding the treatment. All because the results of PRP Hair Regeneration just can’t be ignored.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

And researchers are starting to take it more seriously now.

New studies are emerging that prove the results are more than just opinions of dermatologists. The most recent one is a study published by Egyptian researchers, where they analyzed the results of 90 patients for a period of 3 months using digital camera photography and dermoscopic scans, and concluded that Platelet-Rich Plasma is more effective in the treatment of Alopecia than widely accepted topical minoxidil 5% solution.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

Prior to that, in a literature review by University of Miami and Brown University researchers, they found that, among the 12 studies they looked at, 10 of them had positive results showing Platelet-Rich Plasma was beneficial in treating Alopecia.

The Holy Grail Of Hair Science?

One of the most interesting studies is a study conducted by researchers in Southern Medical University, China. Although the study was conducted on lab mice, it presented very conclusive evidence for Platelet-Rich Plasma as a powerful biologic substance that both shortened the time of hair formation and increased the number of newly formed follicles. The possibility that Platelet-Rich Plasma can promote both of these functions at the same time makes it the holy grail of hair science.

There’s also this other study By Italian researchers suggest that the optimal concentration of Platelet-Rich Plasma for PRP Hair Regeneration is 1.5 million platelets per microliter and that higher concentrations doesn’t seem to improve results (or may at times minimize the results). Although the study size is small (20 patients), it reported significant positive results after administering three PRP injections for each patient at 30-day intervals.

Little wonder that during the AAD 2017 Summer Meeting, it was one of the hottest topics discussed.

American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Summer Meeting

At the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Summer Meeting, which took place a few days ago, Dr. Neil Sadick, MD, from Weill Cornell Medical College, was quoted as saying  that Platelet-Rich Plasma is the hottest therapeutic tool dermatologists nationwide are talking about. Dr. Sadick also acknowledged the lack of a standardized treatment protocol that is holding back the procedure from going mainstream. But all of this is about to change as he mentioned that there are three MAJOR ongoing studies on the topic of PRP Hair Regeneration currently, whose outcome may shift they way this treatment is perceived right now.

Dr. Sadick’s co-presenter, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, MD, said that there’s no question that the demand is growing. And advocated dermatologists to start accepting the reality that if they don’t believe in it now, their customers might go somewhere else to get it.

She concludes by saying, “You have to get on the bandwagon of PRP if you work with patients with hair loss. There is no choice. It is very popular.”

Lack Of Evidence Or Lack Of Funding?

The lack of clinical studies may allude to the fact that funding for this kind of research is next to impossible to obtain. The Brown University and University of Miami researchers who conducted the literature review we cited earlier did not receive any funding for their work.

And so are almost all other literature on PRP Hair Regeneration. It explains the relative lack of robust evidence. But the dermatologists on the field are amazed by growth in demand they’re seeing. PRP looks like a disruptor in the long-stagnant Hair Regeneration industry. What they thought was a passing fad is now turning out to be a powerful force.

Isn’t time that every dermatologist in the country embrace Platelet-Rich Plasma as a standard treatment? Read this article to learn about other reason why you should consider offering the Platelet-Rich Plasma suite of treatments.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

82% “Worth It” Rating In Real Self

Perhaps the best indicator of the effectiveness of a treatment is the customer feedback. The website Real Self is a portal that lists different cosmetic treatments and asks its user to share their experiences. PRP Hair Regeneration is among the most popular treatments discussed in that portal. And on this portal, PRP Hair Regeneration has a whopping 82% “WORTH IT” rating as rated by real customers who’ve had the treatment. It is also the cheapest treatment listed on the site with an average cost of just $1675.

One user in Real Self, who posted a before-after picture that was taken after only ONE PRP treatment, says he was impressed by how much Platelet-Rich Plasma had thickened his receding hairline. Comments like this are not uncommon on the Real Self portal.

More and more patients are seeking out PRP Hair Regeneration instead of the oral drugs and topical medicines because of its holistic, regenerative aspect. This is a “true solution” for hair loss with NO MAJOR SIDE EFFECTS.

Dr. Amiya Prasad, MD, a cosmetic surgeon and fellowship-trained Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who’s been in practice for over 20 years, says, he has no doubt about the efficacy of PRP Hair Regeneration. In fact, he even says that he’s never seen any reversal of results in his patients.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

6 Lessons From More Than 1,000 PRP Hair Regeneration Treatments

Here are the tips shared by top dermatologists who’ve each performed more than 1,000 PRP Hair Regeneration treatments for their clients.

  • 1. There is no substitute for precise intra-dermal injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma at the level of the follicles.
  • 2. It may be helpful to be supported by micro-needling and topical Platelet-Rich Plasma in some cases.
  • 3. The concentration of platelets must be at least 5x the baseline or 1.5 million platelets per microliter (μL).
  • 4. Combining Platelet-Rich Plasma with non-surgical medication and laser light therapy may be beneficial.
  • 5. PRP Hair Regeneration is usually done 3 sessions about 1 month apart, followed by one more session about 12-18 months later depending on the results.
  • 6. Addition of an allograft matrix product to Platelet-Rich Plasma can greatly enhance the results of regeneration.
How to Prepare Platelet-Rich Plasma

Based on the input from dermatologists and Platelet-Rich Plasma experts, here’s how you can prepare the Platelet-Rich Plasma for hair regeneration.

There are three types of Platelet-Rich Plasma Kits. The ones that uses separator gels, ones that uses buffy coat with a single spin on the centrifuge and the ones that uses buffy coat with double spins on a centrifuge. Almost all physicians agree that the last option – using a buffy coat based Platelet-Rich Plasma kit that can be double spun produces the best concentration of 5X-7X above baseline, i.e., more than 1.5 million platelets per micro liter.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

This concentration packs the most nutrients for the regeneration of blood vessels and recruitment of new stem cells that are required for hair regeneration.

The way to achieve this concentration using the DrPRP Kit is simple.

  • 1. Draw 17cc of blood into a DrPRP tube pre-filled with 3cc Anti-coagulant ACD-A.
  • 2. Centrifuge it for 3400 rpm for 4 minutes.
  • 3. You’ll see perfect PRP separation (else you can centrifuge it for another 1 minute.)
  • 4. Sequester the platelet serum from the RBC by adjusting the knob at the bottom of the DrPRP tube.
  • 5. Centrifuge it for another 6 minutes at 3,200 rpm.
  • 6. You’ll get about 10cc of Platelet serum with Platelets lying at the bottom of the chamber. Draw out the top 6cc of the serum, which is the Platelet-Poor PRP.
  • 7. The remaining 4cc is your Platelet-Rich Plasma that has more than 1.5 million platelets per micro liter. Shake it well, draw it out in a syringe and administer it.
With Micro-needling Or Without?

Some dermatologists’ recommended PRP Hair Regeneration protocol includes Micro-needling with topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma. In some cases of hair loss, this can have a beneficial effect.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

Micro-needling, using a device like Bella, creates a series of micro-trauma that warrants a healing response in a manner that covers the entire area of the scalp. This together with the applied Platelet-Rich Plasma will stimulate growth activities in the cells.

Most dermatologists who do micro-needling sandwich it between PRP injections. Say they’re giving a 3-session treatment at a 30-day interval, they’ll inject Platelet-Rich Plasma deep into the derma for the first and the last treatments while the second treatment will be just the Micro-needling with topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma.

So yes, it is purely optional. With or without this, there is no avoidance of intra-dermal application of Platelet-Rich Plasma for PRP Hair Regeneration. Micro-needling with PRP is most effective for skin rejuvenation of wrinkles and sun damage.

If you’d need a micro-needling system, check out our Bella Micro-needling device. It’s been used by some of the top skincare centers we know.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

PRP with Allograft Matrix

One of the hidden gems we uncovered when looking at Hair Regeneration experts is that they often combine Platelet-Rich Plasma with some kind of allograft matrix. Allograft matrices are widely used in chronic wound healing – it actively changes inactive adult stem cells back into progenitor cells (its active form) and facilitates faster healing and regrowth.

When a high concentration of Platelet-Rich Plasma is combined with Allograft matrix, the matrix acts as scaffold for growth-factor induced cellular proliferation. There are many respected hair restoration experts in the field offering this combination with a very high degree of success. One prominent NY-based hair restoration expert says this combination has never failed to work in his practice with hundreds of clients.

The most commonly used Allograft matrix is derived from porcine urinary bladder tissue. But we recommend a more superior allograft matrix that is derived from amniotic fluid and tissues. This type of Allograft matrix is “immune privileged” meaning that it can be introduced into the body with virtually no chance of a harmful immune response as compared to allografts obtained from porcine bladders.

If you want to choose an allograft product, take a look at our post on the topic.

DrPRP USA Amnion Allograft Matrix For PRP Hair Regeneration

Standard drugs vs PRP Hair Regeneration

So far the widest prescribed drugs for male pattern hair loss are Minoxidil and Finasteride. These drugs are designed to prevent progression of hair loss. Minoxidil works by opening up the cell channels allowing more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to reach the follicles. Finasteride prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which translates to less androgen activity in the scalp. In other words, these are temporary solutions. If these drugs are discontinued, any therapeutic benefits will reverse within about 6 months. I think almost every physician knows that. And the people who take these drugs will still lose hair as it’s not 100% effective in its function of stopping hair loss. Plus as I said, there’s no stimulatory effect on hairs.

You may know where I’m going with this. Platelet-Rich Plasma is a whole another story. It’s perhaps the only treatment out there that has clinically proven to regenerate hair follicles. Meaning it not only slows down hair loss, it actually helps promote new hair growth. The question is how long can the effects last. Some patients report that a single injection treatment with a combination of PRP and Allograft injection has produced for them hair regeneration results for FIVE YEARS AND RUNNING. Of course, different patients have varying outcomes.

The point is… until recently we only had two serious options for hair loss recovery. We had drugs that produced temporary effects, and we had surgery that transplanted hairs. And nothing in between. That’s why PRP Regeneration has gained a lot of traction recently.

This doesn’t mean all other treatments are obsolete. Some patients prefer a comprehensive approach to battling hair loss and they’ll want to fire-on-all-cylinders right from the start. Fortunately, Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments have little side effects or contra-indications and can be safely combined with other treatments.

Combining PRP with other treatments for maximum results

We haven’t found any adverse effects in using Platelet-Rich Plasma with either the Minoxidil foams or the Finasteride drugs, nor with other Laser light scalp stimulation therapies. So potentially you could do it all together. It’s entirely up to your patients – whether they want to focus on PRP Hair Regeneration alone or also pursue temporary solutions like drugs, foams and light therapy.

Another potential treatment that can be combined with Platelet-Rich Plasma and Allograft injections is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is proven to increase transformation of hair follicles.

Get On The Bandwagon Of Platelet-Rich Plasma

The trend for PRP Hair Regeneration, PRP Skin Rejuvenation, PRP Sexual Revival And PRP Facelift Procedures are on the rise. And it’s not showing signs of any slow down.

As many of the dermatologists already believe, you have to get on the bandwagon – there’s no choice. The demand for this treatment is only growing. And by refusing to believe in it, you’re potentially denying your customers their right to use regenerative medicine.

Dermatologists Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP Hair Regeneration Hairloss Treatment

If you’d like to talk to us about the specifics of various protocols, give us a ring at (844) 377-7787. Or head on to our shop to order a trial pack. We’ll be happy to assist you in making a decision about Platelet-Rich Plasma. And don’t worry, we’re not sales professionals. We’re medical professionals just like you. : )

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5 Ways Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Relieving Pain in America

Few things are as life-shrinking as chronic pain. Health economists report that chronic pain costs our nation more than $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity – more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Painkillers have been the only relief medication in modern history. That’s changing with Platelet-Rich Plasma. It has been emerging as one of the key players in pain management.

In any life that’s exclusively ruled by pain, Platelet-Rich Plasma has the power to bring back pleasure and normalcy. It’s certainly a better option for those who’re getting by on four or five Advils a day and wondering what the long term consequences would be.

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First of all, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are completely safe. The PRP, prepared by centrifuging the patient’s blood in a special blood tube, works in a two step way. First the injections, often guided by ultrasound, breaks up the tissues and second, the growth factors in the PRP helps rebuild the entire tissue. This produces a healing effect and reduces pain.

Here are five common types of pain that can be healed with Platelet-Rich Plasma.

1. Arthritis pain

It’s been well-proven that a few shots of Platelet-Rich Plasma can produce a huge effect for Arthritis patients. It has the potential to…

  • Inhibit inflammation and thus slowing down degeneration
  • Stimulate cartilage formation
  • Kickstart the production of lubricating fluid

These activities in the affected site ends up reducing the pain sensation.

As a long term effect, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections tend to preserve the joints in more than 70% of the cases – as reported by a landmark study in 2013. Recent studies have shown similar results too. They discovered that a two or three injection treatment over a period of 4-6 weeks with Platelet-Rich Plasma does more benefit that similar injection treatments with either Corticosteroids or Hyaluronic Acid. Moreover, the cartilage degeneration was significantly slowed even for patients in advanced stages of Osteoarthritis.

The researchers also conclude that repeating the injections after 6 months ensured better results.

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2. Neurological pain

Platelet-Rich Plasma is one heck of a wonder treatment whose healing potential seems to be expanding everyday and seems like it’s only limited by the physician’s imagination. The latest of those new discoveries is in the field of nerve regeneration and the resulting neuropathic pain. Nerve fibers consisting of neurons are very delicate structures and not much has been discovered about its operating mechanism. But recently, platelet rich plasma have been shown to promote the restoration of nerve fibers.

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In a study performed at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, Platelet-Rich Plasma was successful in nerve regeneration for patients with leprosy peripheral neuropathy – a situation where all traditional treatments have failed. Which means PRP injections are effective in restoring sensations when it has been lost. This is remarkable news.

Then there is another study conducted in Greece the shows very encouraging mid-term results regarding PRP for treatment of Carpal tunnel syndrome.

All of this is proof that Neuropathic pain can be alleviated by Platelet-Rich Plasma. This paper by a researcher at the University of Puerto Rico analyses how Platelet-Rich Plasma has been able to eliminate neuropathic pain. He reports that PRP’s ability to promote axon regeneration is the key.

Here’s a video from a Rejuv Medical where a patient explains how she had PRP Injections for Nerve treatments and how it changed her life remarkably.

3. Chronic back pain

Chronic back pain and sciatica are mysterious conditions and physicians generally have a hard time figuring out what’s causing them. They first thing they do is to scan the lower back area for defects. When they find one, they’ll recommend surgery to correct that defect even though they have no idea if that defect is indeed the culprit of the pain. When they can’t find any defects, they end up being puzzled and sent the patient away with a bunch of Advils.

In a spine health forum, a patient explains his situation which was similar. His physician suspected the tears in L4-L5 spine segment to be the causing the pain. But there were minor tears and bulges everywhere, so the physician was confused. The patient ended up having to take 8 Advils a day. Unable to continue with that, the patient skeptically tried Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. He went from not being able to sit back in office or drive in a car (even with those medications) to stopping the medications altogether and going on a family trip overseas. Talk about a dramatic shift in life experience!

Another patient on the same forum describes how she had PRP injection for chronic pain in the cervical spine, and it’s been pain-free for two years.

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These kind of stories are supplemented by occasional clinical studies like this where the patients not only had experienced near complete pain relief but also were able to sustain those results for 2 years. This is remarkable for a degenerative disease, aka, a condition that worsens as time goes by. Here are another study conducted in China and another one by Japanese researchers.

4. Joint Pain

In addition to back and knees, almost all other joints are being treated by Platelet-Rich Plasma now. As the science of PRP evolves, the treatment is vigorously gaining popularity with more and more patients demanding it from their physicians. After all, the procedure is incredibly straightforward and is easily understood by most. The physicians hardly need to talk before the patient accepts eagerly.

Hence the doctors are now quick to prescribe Platelet-Rich Plasma for any case of chronic bursitis – in areas like fingers, elbow, toes, hip, shoulders, neck, wrist, ankle, and hip – and the results are almost always positive.

In fact, Platelet-Rich Plasma can be – and must be – prescribed for more than 50% of the musculoskeletal issues that are usually treated with surgery or steroid injections.

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5. Post surgical pain

Surgical pain relief is one of the newer areas where Platelet-Rich Plasma is gaining ground. This is primarily to take advantage of the wound-healing and bone regeneration aspects of PRP, but pain-relief is a very evident beneficial side-effect. Some medical perfusionists advice Platelet-Rich Plasma after almost all surgeries including Neurosurgery, Tumor removal surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head and Neck Surgeries, Reconstructions and Cosmetic Surgery, Orthopedic/Spinal Surgery, Hand and Foot Surgery, Bone Graft Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery.

By cutting short the time it takes to heal from the wounds of surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma plays a pivotal role in assisting patients get productive as early as possible. And when done in conjunction with surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are almost always paid for by the insurance provider covering the surgery.

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The beginning of the end of orthopedic surgery?

At a time when big hospitals are racing towards a possible automation of orthopedic surgeries, there are some physicians who believe that the rise of Platelet-Rich Plasma together with the rise of stem cell technology marks the beginning of the end for 80% of the orthopedic surgeries. They say science is finally waking up to the fact that human intervention is not the most efficient way of dealing with musculoskeletal issues. Rather, it’s best to provide the necessarily biologics in the form of PRP and stem cells so that the body can invoke it’s own healing.

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I hope you agree – because today’s regenerative medical trends are certainly pushing the medical industry in that direction.

If you haven’t started offering Platelet-Rich Plasma – or would like to know some general protocols, we would love to share them with you. Just call us at (844) 377-7787 or email via hello@drprpusa.com.

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Is Amniotic Fluid A Ready-Made Alternative To Platelet-Rich Plasma?

There is no doubt that PRP is the king of orthobiologics. Nothing else can match it’s minimal side effects, it’s ease of preparation, cost efficiency and quick treatment times. However, there is one other orthobiologic substance that is showing some promise as a ready-made alternative, Amniotic Fluid.

The Amniotic Fluid had been capturing the imagination of orthobiologic scientists as early as 1938 – it’s an excellent source of highly proliferative, low immunogenic regenerative material. They also contain other nutrients, collagen, hyaluronic acids and growth factors in abundance making them ideal for promoting regeneration.

It even has stem cells with B7H4 that promotes wound repair and shows promise for growing robust, functional blood vessels as demonstrated by scientists at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital.

But the Amniotic Fluid that we’re talking about today does not contain any live stem cells because of the cryoprocedure used for storing it. But this actually our advantage since the FDA does not allow for stem cells to be present in any amniotic based product at this time.

How Amniotic Fluid Allografts Are Produced

Our doctors love this – it’s like readily injectable PRP. So your patients gain almost all the benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma without having to go through the process of extracting it yourself.

This Amniotic Fluid that is used as Allograft product is harvested from pre-screened mothers who had consented to donating their Amniotic Fluid at the time of c-section delivery. The fluid is then tested again in a laboratory before preparing them in a neat, ready-to-use format that can be instantly utilised for a wide variety of healing needs.

The one thing that makes Amniotic Fluid an excellent allograft is its low immunogenicity – it does not express the Class II antigens – making it unlikely to cause an immune response in other humans. Plus, these tissues are known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-adhesive just like Platelet-Rich Plasma.

And did I mention they are multipotent cells? The best candidate for use as regenerative medicine.

While Amniotic Fluid does not have the advantage of being fully autologous like Platelet-Rich Plasma, the huge amount of collagen, elastin and fibronectin in Amniotic Fluid Allograft make it an excellent orthobiologic substance for skin regeneration. It also contains the usual growth factors PDGF, VEGF, EGF, FDF and TGF-B.

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Allogen™ Amniotic Fluid Allograft

AlloGen is a new Amniotic Fluid product by New Life Regenerative Medicine that can be used intraoperatively or through injection therapies to improve chronic pain, sports injuries, arthritis, difficult to treat wounds and even the signs of aging.

Our doctors use it with Platelet-Rich Plasma to enhance the effect of the therapeutic injection. You can also combine it with hyaluronic acid, or bone marrow aspirates.

The product comes in two forms Allogen for use in hospital procedures and Allogen LI as an injectable for in-office procedures.

Allogen LI can also be used for cosmetic enhancement in conjunction with other facelift procedures.

The specifications of Allogen
Name: Allogen™
Category: Human Cell Tissue Product (FDA 361)
Constituents: Growth Factors
Cytokines
Collagen
Fibrinogen
Hyaluronic Acid
Messenger RNA
Protein
Source: Amniotic Fluid of pre-screened, consenting mothers during planned cesarean section
Shelf Life: 2 years when kept frozen at -65°C degrees to -85°C
Patient criteria: Same criteria as Platelet-Rich Plasma – most patients are eligible.
Packaging: Aseptically processed, packaged and cryopreserved (not sterile) stored on dry ice.

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We’re Excited About The Potential Of This

We believe this is an excellent alternative to Platelet-Rich Plasma for those who don’t want to invest in the equipment and kits used for PRP Injections. And for those who’re new to regenerative medicine, this provides a stepping stone towards Platelet-Rich Plasma and possibly stem cells.

We are confident that once you get hooked to the potential of regenerative medicine, you’ll never do another procedure for sports injuries, tendon/ligament repair, chronic wounds and arthritis without it.

And possibly that will save a few of your patients from having to go under the knife.

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Dentox Platelet-Rich Plasma Botox Training
New Live Botox, Dermal Filler And Platelet-Rich Plasma Training

If you’ve been looking to up-level your facelift strategies with Botox, Platelet-Rich Plasma Training And Dermal Fillers, we have excellent news for you.

The wonderful Dr. Katz has agreed to partner with DrPRP for a series of one-day LIVE intensive workshops (on Saturdays, the next available one is in September) on his latest Dentox X-Lift procedure. It will feature the following:

  1. Botox Training
  2. Dermal Fillers Training
  3. Platelet-Rich Plasma Training
  4. The Dentox Lift Technique Training

Learn more about the training below or click the link below to register.

About Dr Howard Katz

Dr Howard Katz is one of the top experts and visionary in the field of face lifts and dental reconstruction. His name was included on Allergan’s Botulinum toxin (Xeomin, Dysport, Botox) patent applications for dental therapies as well as gel filler (Dermal fillers) formulations and Oraverse anesthetic reversal. You can read more about Dr Howard here.

About the Platelet-Rich Plasma Training

DrPRPUSA is honored to be able to team up with Dr. Howard Katz and the team at Dentox to organize this leading edge training on Platelet-Rich Plasma and facelifts. As Dr Katz is an actual scientist-dentist-clinician named on the intellectual property for Botox and gel fillers, you can expect the best hands-on training like the kind you’ve never experienced before.

DrPRP USA Platelet-Rich Plasma Training

The is one-day intensive program offers everything you need to expand your skill set and boost your bottom line if you’re a doctor, dentist, nurse and other qualified medical professionals in the facelift industry.

It will be featuring DrPRP USA Platelet-Rich Plasma kits and DrPRP Dermal filler makers.

Here’s the registration page and full details >>

Here’s Dr. Howard Katz himself explaining the key highlight of the event:

The training includes:

Hands-On Botox Training

Practice Botox on live patients and become completely confident in properly injecting Botox and related products.

  • Learn the latest FDA-approved procedures for Botox, Dysport and Xeomin from an instructor with more than 30 years experience
  • Get the skills to bring both cosmetic and therapeutic Botox injectables to your practice
  • Gain an understanding of documentation and legal requirements
  • Pick up tips on marketing and promoting your skills for the biggest possible income boost
  • Explore how to get more from your existing clients and bring in new clients too
In-Depth Dermal Filler Training

Learn how dermal fillers can satisfy patients and help prevent and reverse the signs of aging.

  • Explore how you can create natural-looking smoothing and reduce wrinkles with carefully placed injections of dermal fillers
  • Pick up the skills necessary for using Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus and other dermal fillers
  • Understand how choosing the right products leads to be best results
  • Find out how to correct your mistakes and the mistakes of others
  • Gain all the info you need to document, market and expand your practice with dermal fillers

Platelet-Rich Plasma Training Cosmetic

Cutting-Edge Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Training

Get ahead of your competition by bringing innovative PRP treatment to your practice for quicker healing and less expensive cosmetic procedures.

  • Learn how a patient’s own blood can be condensed into a powerful tool for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes
  • Ways to enhance bone grafting and tissue grafting, keeping treatments/profits in-house, and greater patient satisfaction from more painless, faster healing results
  • Gain the knowledge you need to use PRP therapy in place of dermal fillers for the same results at lower cost to you
  • Examine the ways to market your new skills while complying with the law
The Exclusive Dentox LIFT

Innovated by Dr. Katz, the Dentox LIFT allows you to perform a non-surgical facelift, with stunning results in under 30 minutes. No general anesthetic is required, there is no scarring, and results last for 1-2 years. Attract new patients, and offer your current patients this treatment to enhance their cheekbones, define a youthful jawline, and smooth their under-eye areas.

PLUS More extras including:

⇒ Proven Marketing Techniques
⇒ Free Staff Member Attendance
⇒ Patient Forms
⇒ 10 Hours Continued Education Credits
⇒ Courses include free access to the live, online Botox and Dermal Fillers refresher programs (4 additional credit hours each).. up to 18 total CE credits!

DrPRP USA Platelet-Rich Plasma Training

I believe this is a unique opportunity not only to learn from one of the nation’s pioneers in the facelift industry, also to meet other cool amazing people who’re rocking it in this space so you can learn from them and drastically improve your practice or clinic bottom line.

Registration is open now – it’s all online takes about 5 minutes of your time – and seats are filling fast 🙂

You can learn more about it all here >>

 

Visit DrPRPUSA At KIMES 2017

We’re glad to announce that DrPRP USA will be represented at the 33rd Korea International Medical And Hospital Equipment Show 2017 (KIMES 2017). Our guy Brandon Lee will be at B hall – L121. If you’re going, please drop by. 🙂

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A little bit about KIMES 2017

KIMES 2017 will happen on March 16-19 in Seoul and features more than 1,000 medical product suppliers from all over the world. You will see the latest cutting-edge consultation, diagnostic and medical device products.

This is Korea’s equivalent of our FIME (Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers) and if you want to stay on top of the latest trends in medical industry, this is the place you want to be.

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Stem Cell Platelet-Rich Plasma: The Best Regenerative Therapy?

To understand why stem cell platelet-rich plasma or co-transplantation of Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells and PRP, is such a remarkable idea in regenerative medicine, let’s spend a little time looking at the mechanics of PRP.

Platelet-Rich Plasma’s Role As Repairmen

The one thing that makes Platelet-Rich Plasma a hero in several fields (if not all) of medicine is the fact that the diverse growth factors in it are able to stimulate stem cell proliferation and cell differentiation (the factors that determine effective tissue regeneration and healing) on any part of the body.

These growth factors are abundant in the blood and act as the natural repairmen of tissues.

In the perfect scenario, there’s plenty of blood flow to every part of the body and these “repairmen” are always on-call to address any healing needs that may arise. However, if the injured area has a poor blood supply — especially areas that are constantly move like tendons, ligaments and joints — demand for these repairmen can outgrow supply. Meaning, healing (or regeneration of tissues) is put on hold till further repairmen are available.

The train of Platelet-Rich Plasma then arrives with enough of these repairmen to warrant resumption of healing.

There’s another part of this picture we haven’t talked about so far: stem cells.

As far as Platelet-Rich Plasma and it’s growth factors are concerned, they are mere repairmen. They can’t do the work by themselves. They need the basic raw materials to work with. And that raw material here is the stem cells.

Stem cells are the ones actually being regenerated to form new tissues for healing.

Stem Cells As The Raw Materials For PRP

Stem cells are the only raw materials that PRP works with for regeneration. These are like the fundamental building blocks of all other cells. These cells can be can be guided into becoming specialized cells under the right conditions.

In addition, they can also divide themselves to form new stem cells or new specialized cells.

So for Platelet-Rich Plasma to work well, it needs to be applied to an area with lots of stem cells like the heart, liver, blood vessels etc. Incidentally Platelet-Rich Plasma’s healing properties were first discovered by cardiac surgeons who played with concentrated blood for faster healing of heart after surgery and it showed tremendous promise because stem cells are abundant in heart tissues.

But what if healing is needed in an area where there are not much stem cells?

With the new developments in stem cell technology that can be solved too. Because now we can supply the stem cells to areas where there are less like the joints, ligaments and tendons. For this, scientists usually use “mesenchymal stem cell” or MSCs. These are cells isolated from stroma and can differentiate to form adipocytes, cartilage, bone, tendons, muscle, and skin.

The most easiest way is to harvest it from adipose tissue or fat that we call Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells or ADSC.

Stem Cell Platelet-Rich Plasma

Supplying Both PRP And Stem Cells For Regeneration

In regions with hypoxia (poor blood supply) like joints, meniscus tissue, rotator cuff, spinal discs etc the supply of platelets (and therefore growth factors) as well as the stem cells are limited. So what if we supplied both the stem cells and Platelet-Rich Plasma for triggering the regeneration process?

That’s the question these Japanese scientists answered in their research. Here’s another group of scientists who took on the same challenge.

They used Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSC) which is known for their ease of isolation and extensive differentiation potential. These researchers noted that these stem cells often can’t survive in areas of local hypoxia, oxidative stress and inflammation – thereby making them ineffective. However, when Platelet-Rich Plasma (or thrombin-activated PRP) is added to ADSC, it kept them alive for prolonged periods and the growth factors in the Platelet-Rich Plasma triggered cell differentiation and proliferation more easily.

Why This Exact Combination Is The Future

Done this way, both Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSC) and Platelet-Rich Plasma are raw materials for healing that’s already available in plenty in almost every one (there are exceptions of course). That means, for complete healing to take place this combination treatment, still in it’s very primitive stage of development, may have the potential to replace expensive synthetic drugs that carry complex unexplained side effects. The procedure takes our body’s natural healing agents — stem cells from body fat and PRP from blood — and then inject it inside knee or other joints (or other areas where they are insufficient) for regeneration.

Isn’t that like the most wonderful thing ever?

Whether it’s cartilage cell, or a bone cell, or a collagen cell for ligaments and tendons that needs to be healed, all you need is a same-day procedure by a local, but specialized doctor, using the natural ingredients of the body.

I believe this special combo is a huge win for Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Here’s a video from San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine’s Dr. Joseph where he talks in detail about the science of this particular procedure.

The Challenges For Growing Adoption Of This Treatment

We know Platelet-Rich Plasma has safe, yet high-speed recovery potential with it’s multiple growth factors. And it is effective in regenerative healing of cartilage injuries – the most toughest injuries to heal – as well as Osteoarthritis. However the challenges are Platelet Quality. We need to somehow ensure the Platelet-Rich Plasma quality is uniform. Currently it varies from two to several fold above baseline concentration based on donor’s physical condition.

Next we need to identify the exact PRP growth factors that promote ADSC proliferation. Scientists believe growth factors such as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), epidermal growth factor, and platelet-derived growth factor stimulate stem cell proliferation while some growth factors under certain conditions are known to inhibit the process.

The percentage of PRP matters too. 5 percent, 10 percent, 15 percent and 20 percent Platelet-Rich Plasma in ADSC are tested by scientists.

The Only Treatment In Modern Medicine For Cartilage Regeneration

The bottom line is that Stem Cell Platelet-Rich Plasma or ADSC + PRP procedure is the only treatment in modern medicine that has showed cartilage regeneration. So it’s too important to ignore. And it could one of greatest advances that science has brought to the millions of people suffering from serious pain in their joints, knee and spine as well people suffering from all kinds of tendon diseases and injuries.

Stem Cell Platelet-Rich Plasma

Stem Cell Vs Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-Rich Plasma Vs Stem Cell Therapy: Who’s Bad?

The entire field of orthopedics is looking for new regenerative technology that can save more patients more safely. Currently there are two contenders: Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell.

While PRP is the safest of the two, it’s really hard to dismiss the remarkable capabilities of stem cell therapy. In fact, I believe it’s the future of regenerative medicine. But not at the level it’s playing right now. Which is a totally different discussion we’ll save for another day.

The thing is… there are potential harm with stem cells. And unlike PRP, stem cell’s constituents are man-made, so things can go wrong. We’ll discuss the potential dark side of this therapy later in this article. However, I feel it’s important to highlight how good a treatment stem cell therapy is.

Quick Overview: Stem Cell Vs Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma is like water and nutrients that help restore (and sometimes accelerate) your body’s EXISTING healing mechanism. If your body is stuck with its healing, PRP can help. It releases growth factors and cytokines to kick start the healing. Stem cells on the other hand is not used to enhance healing, but to create new solutions to healing challenges. So it’s more for tissues that are totally lost.

Stem Cell Vs Platelet-Rich Plasma

With me? Before we proceed, let’s look at a little background of stem cells. We’ll stick to orthopedics for the sake of simplicity.

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are naturally found in the human body and they are a fundamental part of the body’s normal healing process. Stem cells are known as ‘raw potential’ as they can be converted into any cell that the body needs. The body utilizes stem cells to substitute damaged and/or injured cells. This process allows natural healing and repair of the injured or damaged cells.

As the body gets older the amount of natural reserved stem cells starts to decline, which explains why the healing process is slower as the body gets older. Stem cell therapy resolves this shortage by injecting supplementary stem cells into the injured/damaged area of the body, which triggers the cell replacement, natural healing, and pain relief.

Stem cell therapy is a simple and quick procedure, taking about 15 minutes. Pain discomfort is often felt immediately, with the majority people reporting a significant improvement within one to two days.

With stem cell therapy the patient does not have to have any type of surgical procedure, local or general or downtime. Most of the patients experience a complete restoration of the damaged/ injured ligaments, tendons, and cartilage within about in 28 days. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be complexly safe, with no side effects reported in the US or in Europe.

The Difference Between Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Often times, stem cell therapy and PRP can be confused because they have a lot in common during the healing process. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two, is PRP is removed from the patient’s own body, it goes through a scientific process and is them injected into the area being treated.

The cells used for stem cell therapy can come from a few different places; from an unviable embryo, and unviable fetal stem cells these stem cells are the most often used because the cells are unspecialized and can be made into specialized cells. As it sounds, preparing stem cells for therapy is a complex process. Stem cells are produced in a sophisticated labs by cell biologists and are typically grown over several weeks before it’s ready.

Plus, adult stem cells may be used, although it is not nearly as common yet because scientists are still working on ways to identify stem cells within the tissue of an adult human body.

Stem Cell Vs Platelet-Rich Plasma

So what’s the dark side of Stem Cell Therapy?

The obvious concern is that treatments with stem cells could be dangerous if not carefully controlled. I know we are all doing things for saving lives and helping people live longer, more happily, but the risks must also be considered.

Below are the 5 risks that stem cells carry. (which Platelet-Rich Plasma doesn’t.)

  • Risk of viruses: Since the stem cells are foreign bodies, if they happen to carry harmful microscopic agents, it’ll bring unnecessary complications. Especially those patients whose immune systems are weak, could be highly vulnerable diseases.
  • Uncontrolled growth: As I said before, stem cells are produced in a lab and grown over a period of several weeks. However, there is very tiny possibility the growth will continue uncontrolled after installing it into the patient. We pray it doesn’t happen.
  • Multi-tasking of cells: Stem cells are cultivated and grown into specialized cells that are designed to be doing just one thing and one thing only. But what if, in the long run, they also do other things that wasn’t in the original scope of things? Something to ponder.

That said, I still believe stem cells hold great promise. Now, I want to take this rest of the article to highlight a few of the common conditions that are found to be best for stem cell treatments.

Stem Cell Vs Platelet-Rich Plasma

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints as a result of an autoimmune progression. The body’s immune system attacks the joints. Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis suffer from mild to severe pain, constant fatigue, warm, and swollen joints. This type of chronic inflammation has the potential to easily damage the joints. Therefore, treatment is concentrated on decreasing the inflammation and slowing down the progress of the condition. Stem cell therapy provides a treatment alternative that takes advantage of the healing and anti-inflammatory effects.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is joint inflammation caused by the deterioration of the cartilage that cause the bones to rub up against one another. Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis have pain, stiffness, and a decrease in their range of motion in their joints. Although, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, stem cell treatment focuses on reducing the pain reduction through medication, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Stem cell therapy provides a treatment alternative that takes advantage of the healing and anti-inflammatory effects. While medication helps with the pain.

Shoulder Repair

Shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears and arthritis of the shoulder joint, as well as other types shoulder pain may be responsive to stem cell therapy. Stem cells goal is to renew damaged joints.

Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Repair

Hand and elbow problems caused by arthritis of the joints is a type of deteriorating joint disease that has disabled millions of people. Definite types of wrist and elbow joint issues including certain ligamentous injuries and tendon problems may not benefit from cell therapy. It is very important that the doctor evaluate each patient to see if stem cell therapy is a viable treatment for their patients.

Stem Cell Treatment for Knee

Knee arthritis is a type of deteriorating joint disease, which affects millions of people. Most people believe there only option for pain relief and better mobility is steroid injections or surgery, including total knee replacement surgery. However, that is not the case, many people benefit greatly from stem cell therapy. Specific types of knee issues such as, ligamentous injuries and substantial meniscal injuries may not be responsive to regenerative therapy (stem cell therapy). Each case must be carefully evaluated and the orthopedist will decide what options are best for the patient, in some cases, stem cell therapy is tried even if the patient is not exactly an ideal candidate, but trying is better than just scheduling surgery.

Stem Cell Treatment for Hip

Hip arthritis is similar to knee arthritis; millions of people suffer from hip problems. Patients usually try to delay the hip replacement surgery as long as they can and try other methods such as steroid injections, which for some people do help for a short period of time. However, long tern injects can damage the tissue near the hip. While fractured hips and certain kinds of hip injuries cannot be treated with stem cell therapy, surgery is the only available option left.

Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Repair

Problems with the hands and elbow joints usually respond well to stem cell therapy. If there are problems with the ligaments and tendons, then surgery may be necessary.

Degenerative joint diseases disable millions of people. While certain types of injuries are not a good match for stem cell therapy, there are several that are a good match. Before you prescribe surgery to repair damaged or injured joints consider about stem cell therapy, and if possible give it a try first.

Medical Technologies Got Better
Medical Technologies To Look For In 2016: CAS

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

― Nikola Tesla

Why Medical Technologies?

Technology, in general, never ceases to amaze me. From the latest iWatch to Spacex’s reusable rockets, the possibilities that technology can unleash are ginormous. We haven’t seen even a tiny fraction of it’s potential yet. That’s why I think the future of medical technology will be brighter than ever. One of the new technologies we’re anticipating will hit big in the future is computer assisted surgery. It’s already in place in certain areas but no where at the potential where it could be utilized. I’m talking about a scenario where self-learning computers will not only assist in surgery but communicate with other computers to develop new surgical procedures.

But for the sake of this blog, let’s take a look into what it is for those who’re curious.

Nikola Tesla Medical Technologies

Benefits of Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

Computer assisted orthopedic surgery (CAOS), is a method of surgery that enables the surgeon to use cutting edge technology with the assistance of a computer and software. It helps in both the planning stage and the execution of the surgery. These methods allow surgeons to better visualize the target region and provides a more precise diagnosis. Computer assisted methods are valuable when the surgery requires a level of high precision, such as in orthopedic procedures.

How Does CAS work?

Computer assisted surgery permits the orthopedic surgeon to envision several multi dimensional visions of the patient’s anatomy using the computer monitor while it assists by using real time operative images of surgical instruments while they are in use, and the comparative digital placing of the surgical implant equipment. Similar to how many people use a GPS in their car for directions to their destination. A surgeon uses computer assisted surgery images to establish the location of the surgical instruments in relationship to the patient’s anatomical structure.

Multi dimensional anatomical digital images are produced from the data acquired from digital X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CAT scans, MRI images, fluoroscopy or ultrasounds.

Before the surgery begins, sensors are attached to the area on the patient that will be operated on, while extra sensors are merged into the surgical instruments or the implants. These sensors provide data points so the surgeon can see the exact angles and ideal positioning of the orthopedic implant or the virtual route of the medical instrumentation. The real time response helps the orthopedic surgeon to place the implants precisely and reliably.

Benefits of CAS

When an orthopedic surgeon utilizes navigation during a surgical procedure they are provided with detailed views of the joint’s structure, and the result is the placement of the implants. This computer assisted systems are also useful during slightly invasive surgery because it decreases the risk of damaging the soft tissue and improves the overall patient care.

During a joint replacement surgical procedure, the damaged joint is removed and replaced with an orthopedic implant. An implant is used to replace a knee or hip joint. Orthopedic joint implants are intended to duplicate the function and feel of the natural original joint that has been replaced. Orthopedic surgeons have been doing joint replacements for over 50 years, with the tools available today joint replacements are less invasive and have shown a to have a less complicated and quicker healing time.

Another potential benefit of computer assisted surgery is similar to that of minimally invasive surgeries. For example, surgical procedures that are performed laparoscopically, these procedures usually minimize a shorter healing time, less pain or discomfort, reduces the wear and tear of the new implants allowing for an extended lifetime for the implants. Which equals less possible surgeries in the future, less blood loss, less scarring, and overall fewer post-op complications.

Medical Technologies Make It Easier For Surgeons

Computer Assisted Knee Surgery

Knee replacement surgery, is a common option that many patients with knee problems such as osteoarthritis, traumatic knee injuries, and simple wear and tear of the knee over the years, which results in pain and difficulty walking. With the new and innovated medical advances in orthopedic surgery to these individuals who are suffering from knee problems computer assisted surgery is an ideal solution. The surgery is done with the help of computer assisted technology that improves the results and post-op recovery. During a knee replacement surgical procedure, the surgeons will carefully remove the injured joint then replace the joint with a prosthetic (natural feeling implant) that duplicates the functions of a natural knee joint. Computer assisted procedures allow for more accurate alignment of the knee implant, which results in a natural feeling in the knee. resulting in a more natural feel. By using digitized bone images, infrared imaging, and tracing devices, the computer hardware and software delivers information about the patient’s anatomy and the orthopedic surgeons are able to place the implant with precision.

Computer Assisted Hip Surgery

The hip replacement surgical procedure is also done with the use of computers and software that enrich the accuracy and consistency of the procedure. During a conventional hip replacement procedure, the surgeons will take out the ‘ball’ end of the femur and substitute it with a prosthetic section, that is held in place by a steel rod that is made to fit into the femoral neck. With computer assisted hip surgery, the computer guides the incisions to the bone, which allow for an exact implant fitting that would be otherwise challenging to accomplish. Computer assisted surgery allows surgeon to mold the hip bones in a way that permits an implant to fit more naturally. Plus, computer assisted surgery improves the precision, which allows for more long-lasting results, quicker recovery, and the potential for an improved quality of life for the patient.

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