Advances in Regenerative Medicine & Cosmetic Medicine

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & Stem Cell Treatments

Dr. Kaveh Karandish “Dr. K”, a member of Thumb Butte Medical Center in Prescott, is delighted to introduce his years of experience of regenerative medicine to the beautiful quad city area.

Regenerative Medicine, in general, entails introducing cells and material to the body that stimulates the body to regenerate and repair itself. Dr. K, provides two prominent and popular options:

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP):

PRP or “Platelet Rich Plasma” is simply nothing but your own blood with concentrations of platelets above normal levels and contain at least seven growth factors. Normal blood contain only 6% platelets. However, in PRP, there is a concentration of 94% platelets, which  translates to a powerful growth factor “cocktail” with a variety of factors and stimulant factors called cytokines.. This stimulates cellular proliferation and tissue regeneration to dramatically accelerate healing. Since the platelets come from the patient’s own blood, there is no possibility of infection or other side effects (in particular dentistry, orthopedics and dermatology).

Main indications in sports medicine and orthopedics are acute muscle strains, tendinopathy and soft tissue injuries and osteoarthritis. Main indications of PRP in dermatology are hair loss, wound healing, and skin rejuvenation.

Patients arrive at the office, their blood is drawn and centrifuged and the enriched platelets are then extracted and prepared and administered by Dr. K. Patients are observed for a short period and then released home. The entire procedure normally takes less than 45 minutes.

Dr. K has been very fortunate to perform more than 100 PRP procedures for various indications at Thumb Butte Medical Center in the past year and half.

“We have used PRP for many indications such as facial rejuvenation, tendonitis, hair loss, vitiligo, rotator cuff injuries, knee injury and osteoarthritis and ankle arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia and sciatica, hand  wrinkles, acne scars, surgery scars & more. Fortunately, my patients were receptive to this alternative option and we have seen an overall 80% success rate thus far, although degree of success has been variable as expected.”

Dr. K is excited about the success of the PRP as a cosmetic procedure for facial rejuvenation, as well as a therapeutic modality for chronic pain and chronic injuries in patients who have exhausted other traditional options.

As far as cosmetic applications, in PRP therapy your own natural platelets are utlized to instruct the body to create new collagen for tauter, smoother and better-toned skin. Prior to injections, micro-needling is performed to break up old collagen and also to enhance absorption of PRP injections.

Stem Cell Therapy

The other Regenerative modality that is more recent is Stem Cell Therapy.

Stem-cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition.

Bone marrow transplant is the most widely used stem-cell therapy, but some therapies derived from umbilical cord blood are also in use. Research is underway to develop various sources for stem cells, and to apply stem-cell treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, hair loss among many other conditions. The Stem cells come from amniotic fluid from donated placenta and arrive as frozen cells that are injected into desired body parts.

Stem cell treatments are another effective tool as an alternate option to surgery especially in cases with advanced osteoarthritis and chronic musculoskeletal injury. Some examples are rotator cuff injury or advanced osteoarthritis or chronic knee injury for patients who are not a surgery candidate or do not desire to have an operation. Patients also have the option to use a combination of PRP & Stem cell treatments based on their condition. A good example is combination of both treatments for hair loss which has been an extremely successful option for hair restoration and promoting hair thickening & regrowth. Dr. K is also in process of starting stem cell infusion therapy at Thumb Butte which is a very recent modality for management of chronic pain specially in difficult scenarios such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome.

Cosmetic Medicine:

Dr. K has been a provider for Botox (Cosmetic & Migraine headaches) and dermal fillers for many years. He was trained in Florida under supervision of prominent local plastic surgeons and is now a Silver Member certified physician with Allergan. He is delighted to announce the new cosmetic Allergan products: Kybella, Voluma & Volbella.

Kybella (Deoxycholic acid) is the first and only injectable for treatment of double chin has been very successful since started 3 months ago. It consists of simple subcutaneous injections once a month (for 2-3 months) with minimal risk.Voluma -one of his most favorite fillers- is used for cheek augmentation and lasts for 2 years. Volbella which is used for smoothening of smoker lines has been extremely popular among his patients. This filler lasts for at-least 1 year and is  easily administered in few minutes with instant results.

Please contact Dr. Karandish @ Thumb butte Medical Center @ 928 445-7085 EXT. 118  or email directly at for any questions or a free consultation interview or to book your appointment.

More about Dr. K :

Dr. Karandish accomplished his internal medicine residency training at New York Medical College at St. Vincent Hospital in Manhattan in 2009 and subsequently joined University of Miami’s medical faculty as an assistant professor involved in patient care, research and educating students and residents at the Jackson Memorial Health System. He areas of interest includes regenerative medicine, allergy, rheumatology and cosmetic medicine.

Besides medicine, Dr. K is an advanced pianist and composer and comes from an artistic family & his ultimate passion is to combine both worlds of art and medicine. Of note he will be performing with his band for the first time ever in Arizona on October 22nd, 2017 at 4 PM in Prescott’s Trinity Presbyterian Church.

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Author: PrescottWomanMagazine

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