Regenerative Medicine FAQ
One of the most exciting and revolutionary therapy options available now from Dr. McCoy Moretz is regenerative therapy. We offer a unique approach to regenerative medicine with customizable treatment options. Options include the usage of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and human cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/P).
You may have heard of PRP before, but that last part might have had you asking, “Am I in a science fiction movie? What the heck are you offering now, Dr. Mac?” That’s why we’ve put together a brief guide that will serve as an FAQ for our regenerative medicine options here at Face of Beverly Hills. Educate yourself on the many options regenerative medicine may offer you at our office in Beverly Hills.
What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is a solution derived from your own blood, meaning it is perfectly natural. We have offered PRP for years with procedures such as ‘Microneedling with PRP’ and ‘Dracula Therapy.’ PRP is particularly beneficial for the growth factors contained in the solution and is considered a non-invasive treatment option unless combined with certain medical procedures.
PRP may also be used in treatments that target the symptoms of many conditions, including:
- Orthopedic Disease
- Hair Loss
- Back & Joint Pain
PRP may be used alongside other treatment options, such as those involving HCT/P.
What Does HCT/P Mean?
HCT/P stands for human cellular and tissue-based products. The HCT/P used at Face of Beverly Hills includes umbilical cord allograft, Wharton’s Jelly and amniotic fluid. However, most of our treatments will focus on the first of the three.
HCT/P derived from umbilical cord allograft may be used to treat symptoms from the same conditions listed above. However, it has added benefits due to the presence of MSCs.
What Is Umbilical Cord Allograft?
The umbilical cord allograft used in therapies performed at Face of Beverly Hills by Dr. Mac Moretz is a heterogenous mixture of cells including MSCs that are derived from ethically donated umbilical cords harvested during live births. Heterogenous means they are a diverse mixture of cells with many different properties.
While MSCs are the most important cell you’ll find in umbilical cord allograft, they may never be artificially isolated in the US due to the fact that the FDA considers this, “more than minimal manipulation.” However, the MSCs are believed by many to work best when not isolated from this mixture.
What Are MSCs?
MSCs, referring to mesenchymal stem cells, are known for their differential properties. The ability to differentiate means that a cell has the ability to take on many different cellular functions. The goal of introducing MSCs is for them to take on the cellular function of where they are placed.
To be clear, MSCs are known for their regenerative properties. Many regenerative therapies utilize MSCs for these properties with the goal of restoring function, decreasing pain and improving quality of life. The goal of these therapies is to effectively target the symptoms of conditions like orthopedic disease and arthritis. PRP and umbilical cord allograft therapies may also target the symptoms of hair loss when used for hair restoration.
There are many unique applications of treatments involving PRP and HCT/P; from pain management to antiaging.
What Are the Side Effects?
One of the best benefits of regenerative therapies, such as those involving PRP and/or HCT/P, is that side effects are virtually non-existent. PRP is derived from your own blood, so your body won’t reject it. Because of the regenerative properties of the HCT/P used by Dr. Mac Moretz, your body will also never reject treatments such as those involving umbilical cord allograft under ordinary circumstances.
Most procedures involving regenerative medicine are considered non-invasive. Many take less than an hour to perform and you can go about your day after with no downtime.
Is Regenerative Medicine Covered By Insurance?
Regenerative therapy procedures and/or those involving regenerative medicine such as PRP and HCT/P are not covered by insurance at this time.
Is There a Guarantee?
There is no guarantee when it comes to regenerative medicine. Every patient’s response to the treatment is different. While Dr. Moretz may evaluate your eligibility for the treatment and the probability of success, never at any time should regenerative therapy be considered ‘guaranteed’ to work. Regenerative medicine is not promoted as a cure.
For additional information, visit the FDA’s website and read up on appropriate FDA regulations (HCT/P’s Regulated under 21 CFR 1271.3(d)(1) and Section 361 of the PHS Act).
Will Regenerative Medicine ‘Cure’ Me?
No. Regenerative therapy procedures utilizing regenerative medicine are intended to treat the symptoms of the condition and are not promoted as a cure.
Regenerative medicine may work hand-in-hand with many medical treatments, but doctor supervision is required. Using regenerative therapy as a replacement to your doctor-recommended medications and/or procedures is not advised.
What Are the Benefits?
Beyond the non-invasive therapy benefit of regenerative medicine, it has also been reported by many patients to improve their conditions. It is important to note that improvement may vary. Some patients with severe conditions are happy to simply live with less pain. Other patients have reported a return to full functionality following sustaining major orthopedic injuries.
The important thing to remember about regenerative therapy is that results may vary. Dr. Mac will be happy to help you set reasonable expectations for the outcome of your procedure.
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Why Choose Dr. Mac Moretz?
Dr. McCoy Lee Moretz, a renowned Beverly Hills Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, welcomes you to a new standard of professionalism and surgical skill in cosmetic surgery.
If the eyes are the window to the soul and the face is then the window to the persona, let Face of Beverly Hills’ expert surgeon Dr. Mac Moretz shape your physical persona not to society’s image of perfection, but to your own individual perception of a happier, more confident you.