The Ideal Means of Harvesting Volume Enhancing Medicinal Signaling Cells
Medicinal signaling cells are utilized in a variety of medical procedures due to the incredible healing power associated with volume enhancement, cushioning, and tissue engineering. However, harvesting them in a way that is safe and convenient is not always easy. Let’s discuss some of the ways of harvesting medicinal signaling cells and why some methods are proving to be more advantageous than others.
What is the Role for Cord Blood or Placental Products?
Umbilical cord blood has been purported to be a source of stem cells and the placenta from a newborn baby can be a source of various growth factors. Due to Federal requirements for labeling and autologous use of cord blood however only certain centers involved in research protocols are able to harvest and utilize these products. Further, placental derived products typically do not have viable stem cells in them. As a result, these tissues are neither convenient nor easily accessible for office-based stem cell procedures.
Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow can be a source of stem cells, however it is invasive and is best suited for younger individuals whose bone marrow is still making high quantities of stem cells. Further, the US FDA now discourages grafting of tissue for regenerative procedures if the function of the harvested tissue is different than that of the graft site. While blood is typically not typically found within joints, tendons or muscles, it does occur and therefore may pass FDA muster for stem cell nomenclature. That does not mean however that bone marrow aspiration of cells is more effective than adipose or mesenchymal medicinal signaling cells are for volume enhancement, cushioning, or tissue engineering of musculoskeletal conditions.
Adequate amounts of viable fat tissue that can be used for volume enhancement or cushioning, and that contain medicinal signaling cells, have been hard to achieve until recently. Traditional methods of fat harvesting like stand-alone liposuction typically damage the cells in the process. This leads to poor outcomes upon transfer and almost eliminates the benefit of the once viable medicinal signaling cells inside the tissue. Fortunately, a new method has been developed that harvests fat tissue more delicately, with 95% viability. The BeautiFill™ system has revolutionized the process with laser based technology that causes the least amount of tissue disruption. Patients heal faster from the procedure, and achieve longer lasting results. BeautiFill™ is an all-in-one system that collects high vitality fat cells and prepares them for transfer. The quick, outpatient procedure makes this one of the most efficient and minimally invasive ways of harvesting fat tissue for volume enhancement, cushioning, and medicinal signaling cells derived from fat tissue. For cosmetic and reconstructive surgical applications, we can accomplish excellent volume correction with BeautiFill™ fat transfer. In addition, patients get the powerful therapeutic benefits from tissue engineering. The BeautiFill™ system has truly paved a new way for a safe, convenient, and effective solution for many musculoskeletal conditions we treat in our office.