My guest Dr. Amy Killen is an expert in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Dr. Killen received her MD from UT Southwestern and currently practices at Docere Medical in Park City, Utah, where she specializes in anti-aging stem cell therapies.
Dr. Killen works on the cutting edge of anti-aging and regenerative procedures, most of which are natural and require little to no downtime. Today we discuss the latest stem cell therapies and how they can be used to treat everything from fine lines and wrinkles, to sexual dysfunction in both men and women.
Do vampire facials really work or are they just a fad? Find out at the 23 minute mark.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are located all over your body and are responsible for regenerating new tissue. As we age, not only do we start to lose stem cells, but our remaining stem cells become more dysfunctional. Stem cell therapy starts with retrieving your body’s own stem cells from adipose tissue (fat) with a small, minimally invasive liposuction procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used alone or in conjunction with stem cell therapy. Platelets are collected from blood drawn from your arm. When activated, they release stimulating growth factors that act like “fertilizer” for stem cells.
Stem Cell Therapies Targeting the Face and Neck
Once stem cells are collected from a small amount of fat, they are either concentrated into a small pellet and injected under the skin, or applied topically with a micro needling device.
- Stem cells influence your own collagen to deposit more and promote increased blood flow to the treated area.
- Patients typically see improved skin texture, tone, and color over time.
- It takes an average of 6 weeks to start seeing results.
- The therapy can be topped up with regular PRP treatments.
Micro needling is also called collagen induction therapy. The procedure creates microchannels in the skin that kick start your immune system to rejuvenate the skin.
Vampire Facelifts and Facials
- Vampire Lift: Hyaluronic acid filler (e.g. juvederm, restylane) is first applied to help provide extra volume and structure. PRP is then injected throughout the face.
- Vampire Facial: After the skin is numbed, micro needling is performed and PRP is added topically.
Vampire facials and lifts can be applied in combination with one another for added effectiveness. The combine procedures takes 60 to 90 minutes and requires little to no downtime.
Stem cell therapy is effective for both men and women, and can be used to treat thinning hair caused by pattern baldness, auto-immune problems, and metabolic issues. The treatment involves injecting stem cells with PRP into the scalp to help thicken and activate hair follicles in areas of hair thinning.
The O-Shot and the P-Shot
Orgasm Shot (O-Shot)
The O-Shot uses PRP to treat female sexual dysfunction. The procedure consists of just two injections and not only improves sexual function, but can also help treat urinary incontinence. Patients typically only require one or two treatments over the course of several months. Additional treatments beyond that are not usually required.
Priapus Shot (P-Shot)
The P-Shot is a similar treatment intended for men. It consists of three to five injections in the penis, and helps with erectile dysfunction and sensitivity.
Effective Therapies for Treating Specific Conditions
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Vampire facial
- Deep Wrinkles and Volume Loss: Vampire facelift or stem cell therapy
- Hyperpigmentation: Micro needling with a topical application of stem cells and PRP
- Neck Creases and Nasolabial Folds (smile lines) – Emulsified fat supercharged with stem cells
When Stem Cell Therapy Might Not Be Right for You
Stem cell therapy is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, or has active cancer. Therapies may be less effective if you have a platelet problem, chronic immune disease, or are a chronic steroid user.
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About Dr. Amy Killen
Dr. Amy Killen is a specialist in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She received her MD from UT Southwestern and did her fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Killen is certified by the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics in both basic and advanced cosmetic injections, and currently practices at Docere Clinic in Park City, Utah, alongside Dr. Harry Adelson.