Platelet concentrates have been utilized in medicine for over two decades because of their ability to rapidly secrete autologous growth factors and ultimately speed wound healing. Initial attempts were first made using anticoagulants resulting in PRP. Later, protocols were developed with the aim of avoiding the use of anticoagulants because clotting is pivotal during the wound healing cascade. The resulting biomaterial is called PRF. Today, platelet concentrates have become incredibly relevant worldwide with their use spanning across nearly every field of regenerative medicine.
Tissue engineering requires three parameters:
A scaffold responsible to support tissue ingrowth.
Cells that may act to promote tissue regeneration
Growth factors that stimulate the overall wound healing events
Unlike the majority of biomaterials currently available on the market, PRF actually contains each of these three properties.
At Leading Edge Medical, PRF is used for:
Joint injections to stimulate healing from injury
Esthetics (Microneedling, dark circles, overall anti-aging)
The process for collecting PRF is simple. We first draw your blood and then spin it in a centrifuge. The blood is then separated into a plasma layer, rich in platelets and leukocytes, and a blood layer with the majority of red blood cells. The plasma layer is drawn out and then injected into the desired tissue by our on-staff nurse practitioner.
PRF is often preferred over stem cell due to its affordability and the appeal of it being autologous (from your own body).
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells naturally found and produced in our bodies. Since stem cells are undifferentiated, they attach to any cells in the body that need repair. No other cell in the body has the innate ability to generate new cell types.
At Leading Edge Medical, we use Regen stem cells which specializes in using Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) which are sourced from donated umbilical cord blood, bone marrow or adipose fat tissue (whether it is from the patient or a donor); and we do not obtain stem cells from embryos.
Stem cells are directly injected into the affected area (e.g. knee, hip, shoulder), it will be carried out by our NP so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. The direct injection method ensures that there will be a high concentration of stem cells to repair the injured body part effectively.