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 platelet-rich plasma (PRP) 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. Some of these therapies, including exosomes and stem cell therapy, remain experimental and have not received FDA approval for widespread use. For now, The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine performs only platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, using the FDA approved Emcyte system.
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 the body’s own stem cells and trigger the production of every type of tissue needed to heal a problem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of these platelets, after removal of the red blood cells and white blood cells from the blood by a process called centrifugation.
After a small sample of blood is taken from your arm, your blood is placed into a sterile, closed cartridge that is then spun in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge uses gravity to separate the components of blood by weight, in order to isolate and concentrate the platelets. We remove this platelet-rich plasma from the closed cartridge and then inject it into your treatment area. Nothing is added to the blood sample, except for a small amount of anticoagulant that is routinely used in all blood draws. Because the cells are taken from your own body, issues like infection and rejection are almost non-existent, making the technology very safe and very effective where indicated. After injection, the platelets are activated mechanically, with microneedling, to begin the healing process.
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 stimulates the follicle, repairs the surrounding tissue bed and triggers new hair growth. In skin rejuvenation, PRP is used to strengthen and restore aging skin through its 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.