Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s natural ability to heal, using your own restorative cells to rejuvenate aging skin and treat hair loss. Shamila Gupta Rawal, MD, at The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine has extensive experience using regenerative therapies such as stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, and exosomes as part of a comprehensive treatment plan designed to promote optimal results. To learn if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call the office in Madison, Wisconsin, or schedule an appointment online.
Throughout your life, your body stays healthy by continuously regenerating new cells to replace old tissues, heal disease, and restore injuries. Regenerative medicine taps into this natural ability, extracting the cells responsible for regeneration, concentrating them, and then injecting them back into your body, where they stimulate new cellular growth and healing.
The science of regenerative medicine continues to rapidly advance, so new therapies are always on the horizon. For now, there are three types of cells to promote healing in your body that The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine uses:
Platelets naturally occur in your bloodstream, where they travel to the site of disease and injury, then release proteins called growth factors. Growth factors recruit stem cells and trigger the production of every type of tissue needed to heal a problem. The platelets regenerative medicine uses are in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which Dr. Rawal easily makes at her office from a sample of your blood.
Your body contains numerous types of adult stem cells that have the amazing ability to self-replicate as often as needed and create a new cell that can develop into many types of tissues. For example, mesenchymal stem cells harvested from body fat and bone marrow can regenerate new blood vessels and produce new collagen, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fat tissue. When extracted from your body, concentrated, and injected, stem cells regenerate and heal the targeted tissues.
Exosomes are tiny vesicles released by many cells in your body, including stem cells. Each exosome carries biochemicals, which they discharge near neighboring cells, where the biochemicals trigger a response. Depending on the chemical released, exosomes may stimulate tissue regeneration or nudge your immune system into mounting a defense against pathogens. Like other regenerative cells, exosomes can be injected to treat health problems.
Regenerative therapies are widely used during surgery and to accelerate the healing of musculoskeletal injuries. They’re also highly effective for treating hair loss and rejuvenating your skin. When used in male and female hair loss, PRP and stem cells stimulate the follicle and trigger new hair growth. In skin rejuvenation, these therapies strengthen and restore aging skin through their ability to activate the production of collagen, new skin, and blood vessels.
To learn more about the regenerative therapies available and how they can help you, call The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine or schedule an appointment online.