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A Brief History of Fat Transfer

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Each year, more and more people are opting to go under the needle than under the knife. Fat grafting is becoming a popular alternative to cosmetic surgery across the United States. While fat grafting is gaining traction, it is not exactly a new procedure. In fact, it’s been around for over one hundred and twenty years. It has come a long way since its beginnings. Dr. Johnson performs a very modern fat grafting procedure called High Volume Precision Fat Grafting, as an alternative to invasive cosmetic surgeries. Fat grafting, also referred to as fat transfer or fat injection, initially was used as a way to correct facial deformities. It may surprise you that the first fat graft was actually performed in 1893. This pioneering procedure took fat from the arm of a patient and injected it into an area around the eye in order to improve the appearance of a...
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Smoking and Cosmetic Procedures Just Don't Mix

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Considering having a cosmetic procedure and you’re a smoker? You may want to take a moment to read this blog before lighting up your next cigarette to find out why smoking and cosmetic procedures don’t mix. In this blog, Dr. Johnson explains why it is best to stop smoking before going under the knife – or the needle. You probably already know that smoking, along with chewing tobacco or using any product that contains nicotine is generally bad for you. The risks of cancer, cardiovascular issues, damage to your teeth and skin, are just a few of the many side effects of using these products. Other effects include vasoconstriction, a condition in which the blood vessels constrict and slow down the flow of blood. Nicotine makes the blood vessels constrict, and when this happens after a cosmetic procedure healing can be impeded. Healing is interrupted because when blood flow is...
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Synthetic Stem Cells - Risk or Reward?

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Late last year, a synthetic cardiac stem cell was created at the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina State University with the hope that the synthetic cell could offer the same or similar benefits to patients as therapies that use natural stem cells. While researchers behind the project have high hopes for treating heart patients, physicians and patients should proceed with caution and care before delving into the world of synthetic cells. Dr. Johnson explains why natural stem cells have lower risks and greater rewards for treating patients for a myriad of medical conditions. The use of natural stem cells, like adipose fat stem cells, taken directly from the patient is more favorable that using synthetic stem cells because the risk of rejection is completely eliminated. Synthetic stem cells carry the risk of rejection, as does synthetic or artificial tissues. Using synthetics may also result in dangerous complications....
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How Can Stem Cells Save You From Migraines?

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Head in a vice. Throbbing head pain. Waves of nausea. Sensitivity to light and sound. Flashes of light. Blurred vision or even vision loss. These are just a few of the ways you may describe your migraine experience. Other symptoms can include vomiting, difficulty speaking, and numbness in the face or extremities, but this list just scratches the surface of this painful condition. Pain and migraine symptoms can last from four to seventy-two hours during a migraine episode, and seriously impact many sufferers’ ability to function at work, in social situations, in their day to day lives. Migraines and their symptoms have even been cited as a reason for divorce in some cases. Dr. Johnson understands that migraines are more than "just a headache." He recognizes the serious impact of migraines on a patient’s quality of life and offers SVF therapy for patients who suffer from the most debilitating migraine...
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Researchers Create a Cell Bandage to Treat Meniscus Tears

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Tears of the meniscus frequently sideline professional athletes, but the injury impacts over 1 million people on average per year, frequently forcing people to give up their favorite activities. Treatment for the painful condition often includes rest, physical therapy, and for many, surgery to bring relief. However, stem cell researchers have tested a new method of treatment that involves the use of stem cells taken from the patient and potentially have found a new way to heal the knee - from the inside out. This new therapy, known and the Cell Bandage, has been developed to treat patients who have tears in the white zone of the meniscus, the area in which the 90 percent of meniscus tears occur. The meniscus is a soft, C-shaped ligament that cushions the knee during movement, and if it becomes damaged, it can impact a patient’s mobility and function. The white zone of the...
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Finding the Foundations of Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a deadly lung disease that affects around 140,000 Americans. The disease causes the development of scar tissue in the lungs. This scar tissue builds up and eventually obstructs sufferers from breathing. Some causes of pulmonary fibrosis include smoking cigarettes, exposure to some gasses and other lung irritants and some viral illnesses, like the Epstein-Barr virus. However, for many pulmonary fibrosis sufferers, the cause of the disease is said to be idiopathic, or unknown. However, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, have been able to uncover one cause previously unknown to science and medicine – the inability of lung stem cells in certain individuals to repair themselves after injury. Pulmonary fibrosis is part of a group of lung diseases known as interstitial lung diseases. Interstitial lung diseases cause obstructive scar tissue to form in the lungs. For patients with pulmonary fibrosis, this scar tissue cannot...
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Beating Bone Disease

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Osteoporosis is a serious condition that is responsible for two million broken bones and almost twenty billion dollars of related costs each year. Treatment for osteoporosis involves taking calcium and other dietary supplements, or behavioral modifications like switching to a healthy diet and exercise. New studies show a promising new treatment that uses stem cells derived from fat to prevent this bone disease. Dr. Johnson currently uses stem cells sourced from adipose fat to treat another bone disease, osteoarthritis, as well as a host of other medical conditions. Osteoporosis occurs as when we lose bone, or our bodies don’t make enough bone. It is a relatively common condition, and it impacts fifty-four million Americans. Most people with osteoporosis are over the age of fifty, but the disease can happen at any time as a result of other medical conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis occurs more frequently in women...
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Come Chew the Fat with Us!

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Fat often gets a bad rap. Fat is usually associated with negative images and negative stereotypes. We are often told that fat is bad – in our bodies and our diets. While there are risks associated with some kinds of fat, there are also some pretty positive things about fat, too. In fact, fat can be downright great. Dr. Johnson uses fat to treat nerve, muscle, and bone disorders, among many other medical conditions in patients who have not found relief through traditional medical treatments. There are two different kinds of fat in the body. These types are known as white fat and brown fat. Our bodies usually have more white fat. Unfortunately, this is kind of fat is the kind we don’t necessarily want. It’s what makes us gain weight and can lead to health complications. White fat does have its benefits and serve a purpose. It can store...
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How are Stem Cells Related to Football?

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Earlier this year, the National Football Leagues and the NFL's players association settled a five hundred million dollar lawsuit and began a concussion initiative to bring awareness to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussion in its players. This initiative, according to Chairman Roger Goodell, was implemented to increase safety and protect players. The NFL concussion controversy has been in the news for some time and settled the lawsuit from players who have experienced traumatic brain injury as a result of repeated concussions. Repeated concussions cause a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. Dr. Johnson treats patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury with SVF fat cell therapy. Fat stem cell therapy are believed to benefit patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or concussions by helping to repair neural cells that have been damaged by impact or a lack of blood supply. While the body can heal...
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Part 3: Successful Stem Cell Therapies

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Our first two blogs addressed some of the controversies behind the use of stem cells, and then how the adipose fat stem cells that Dr. Johnson uses are collected. Adipose fat stem cells have been successful for a wide variety of conditions because of their ability to target and repair damaged cells and tissue. In this segment, we will review some of the conditions and diseases that have seen benefits from the use of these stem cells and SVF therapy. One of the top conditions seen in the clinic is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a form of arthritis that is degenerative. Some of the areas it can impact include the knees, hips, hands, and even the spine. It attacks the joints and breaks down cartilage, causing bones to rub against each other painfully. OA is the cause of most hip replacement surgeries in the United States. Adipose stem cell...
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Researchers Supe Up Spinal Stem Cell Regeneration

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Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have successfully increased the ability of nerve cells to regenerate in the spinal cords of in adult mice. Despite their small size, these mice are evidence of a major advancement in the treatment of adult humans with spinal cord injuries. Injury to the spinal cord can occur as a result of injury, trauma or illness, and may cause death or permanent disability, like paralysis and sensory impairment. Patients with spinal cord injuries experience many additional health issues besides just a loss of motor functions. Spinal cord injury patients typically have higher blood pressure and an increased risk of developing blood clots. The digestive and excretory systems are also impacted, and patients have a higher chance of developing bladder and bowel cancer. Many spinal cord injury patients experience depression, poor quality of life, and economic hardships, and are twice as likely to...
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Stem Cell Therapy Stops Diabetic Nerve Pain In Its Tracks!

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Diabetes is a disease that affects more than just the pancreas. Diabetic patients have an increased risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease, and even blindness. Diabetic patients often develop painful peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, as a result of their condition. Historically, treatments for peripheral neuropathy have been limited to managing blood sugar levels in an effort to slow the progression of the disease. Other treatments manage nerve pain with pain relievers or prescription medications – some of which have serious side effects. New technologies and treatments like SVF therapy are changing how diabetic nerve pain is treated – and showing promising results. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy happens as a result of the body's exposure to consistently high blood glucose levels. The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy affects 50 percent of this group and is common among both Type 1...
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Part 2: Stem Cell Collection

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In our last blog, Small Cell, Big Controversy , we explained the basics behind the controversy surrounding stem cell therapies. While the controversy is usually over the use of embryonic cells, many people project their concerns and question about the ethical and moral use of stem cells onto all stem cell therapies - even those therapies that use adipose fat cells. Many times there are questions regarding how these cells are harvested. Dr. Johnson collects adipose fat stems cells in his clinic – right from the individuals that they’ll be used to treat. How are adipose stem cells harvested? Mesenchymal adipose fat stem cells are harvested from the thigh, buttocks, or abdominal area, and are collected through the use of a cannula during liposuction. A cannula is a medical instrument with a long blunt tube that aids in the fat extraction process and a syringe to hold the collected fat....
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Part 1: Small Cell, Big Controversy

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Although stem cells are so tiny, they’re always big news – and big controversy. Concerns range from the morality and ethics of embryonic stem cells harvested from fetal tissue to using stem cells to recreate extinct species in test labs a la Jurassic Park. Dr. Johnson is often asked about stem cells and how he uses stem cells to treat patients. Some of these questions include what kinds of stems cells are used, how they are harvested, and what are their benefits. There are many different sources of stem cells found in the body. Some of the most commonly discussed are embryonic, tissue-specific, and mesenchymal. Embryonic stem cell use is at the heart of the stem cell controversy because their harvesting uses human embryonic tissue. This practice is often protested over ethical and religious reasons because the embryonic stem cell collection can destroy the embryo in use. There are other...
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Knee-Deep in Pain: Why Stem Cells Might be the Answer for Long-Term Relief for Chronic Knee Injuries and Conditions

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People with chronic knee injuries or conditions now have stem cell therapy as an effective option for treatment. Whether you’re suffering from a degenerative condition like osteoarthritis or feeling the residual effects of a previous knee injury , stem cell therapy provides a minimally invasive solution to what’s causing weakness in the knees. Traditional treatment modalities for chronic knee injuries or conditions generally extend over the long-term but don’t always provide relief. From aggressive surgeries to intensive physical therapy to a cocktail of potent prescriptions, those with knee injuries often find treatment options confusing and overwhelming. That‘s why stem therapy offers a more effective, long-term option. What are stem cells? You can find answers at Innovations Stem Cell Center , a leader in stem cell therapy in the Dallas, Texas area. Stem cells are highly unique cells with some very distinct characteristics. What makes them so special? Stem cells "have...
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Spotlight on Stem Cells: What are Stem Cells?

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Stems cells have taken the medical world by storm, but many people are unaware of the integral role they play in treating chronic illness and diseases. The term "stem cell" still carries quite a bit of stigma, most likely because people don’t fully understand the way stem cells are harvested and used in medical treatment models. At Innovations Stem Cell Center, Dr. Bill Johnson uses stem cells to treat a number of illnesses and diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) , spinal cord injuries and even sports injuries . But what are stem cells, and how exactly can we use them to treat medical conditions? Stem cells are some of our bodies most unique cells because they have two very important characteristics that set them apart from other cells. They can replicate, essentially making new copies of themselves, and they have the ability to become other types of...
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Break Free from Osteoarthritis Pain with Stem Cell Therapy

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 At Innovations Stem Cell Center, Dr. Bill Johnson uses stem cell therapy to treat patients suffering from  osteoarthri tis. As the end of summer draws near and the colder weather begins to creep in, many people suffering from osteoarthritis begin dreading what that time of year brings: pain and discomfort. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disorder and the most common form of arthritis, affects more than 26 million people in the United States. Patients commonly suffer from pain, swelling, and joint stiffness, making everyday tasks difficult to complete. With chilly weather on the way, it’s no wonder why osteoarthritis patients want to keep Jack Frost at bay as long as possible. According to a 2007 Tufts University research study, changes in temperature or barometric pressure triggered arthritic symptoms in osteoarthritis patients. In fact, even a mere 10-degree drop in temperature was significant enough for patients to report a change in their...
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How Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis is Administered

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No matter where your arthritis pain is, there are various ways to treat it. Some of these methods can actually encourage the body to heal itself. The best way is through stem cell therapy. Stem cells are injected into the body to help heal the affected area. In fact, they are injected at the exact site of your pain. Many people report feeling less pain and even no pain as the stem cells work to help the body heal itself. Ask your doctor if stem cell treatments for arthritis will work for you. You'll soon be leaving the pain behind when you call Innovations Stem Cell. Innovations Stem Cell | Stem Cell Treatments For Arthritis | 214-256-1462

Knowing What the Best Alternatives to Hip Replacement Are

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Finding relief for hip pain might mean surgery to replace your hip. However, with stem cell breakthroughs, you don't have to go through that. Stem cell technology offers a great alternative to help the pain in your hip and to help it function like it once did. Using stem cells from your own body, the doctor will inject these cells into your hip, and then you wait for the pain to go away. As we age, it's nice to know that there are alternatives to hip replacement and that costly operations are not a must. Find the right doctor who has all the latest knowledge when it comes to these alternatives by calling Innovations Stem Cell at 214-256-1462. Innovations Stem Cell | Alternatives to Hip Replacement | 214-256-1462

A Breath of Fresh Air: How Stem Cell Therapy Helps Treat COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 24 million Americans and is currently ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States. This disease is most often a result of smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke, though air pollution, infectious diseases and genetic factors can sometimes cause it. People with COPD can suffer from chronic coughs, shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue and recurrent respiratory infections. Sometimes, a patient with COPD dismisses these signs, assuming that problematic symptoms are simply a sign of old age. However, it’s crucial to recognize these early warning signs and seek treatment as soon as possible. While there is currently no cure for COPD, patients traditionally have been able to manage their symptoms with treatments such as bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, oral steroids, oral medications such as theophylline and roflumilast, oxygen therapy or, in very severe cases, a lung reduction or transplant surgery....
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