Copyright © 2018 M Beauty Clinic by Dr. Tess
Dr. Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD is
a Board Certified Dermatologist
from Stanford University Medical
School. She graduated Summa
Cum Laude from UCSD and is a
past President of the San Diego
Society of Dermatological
Surgery. She is known
worldwide as “America’s
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine itself isn’t new — the first bone marrow and solid-organ
transplants were done decades ago. Recent advances in developmental and cell
biology, immunology, and other fields have unlocked new opportunities to refine
existing regenerative therapies and develop new ones.
How Do Adult Stem Cells Heal?
Adult stem cells are known as “progenitor” cells. They remain dormant unless they
witness some level of tissue injury, which activates them. So, when a person has a
degenerative problem, the stem cells tend to go to that area of need and stimulate the
healing process. But, they can only do that when they are released from the tissue that
they originate from (in our case, from adipose fat tissue) and are released to find areas
of injury, triggering the primary means of repair for the area of injection.
Of all stem cell sources, harvesting fat cells involves the least risk and delivers a high
yeild of stem cells per cc. Adipose tissue (fat cells) is also one of the richest sources of
Mesenchymal cells, or MSCs. These are the cells that can differentiate into a variety of
cell types including bone cells, cartilage, and connective tissues but they also have
tremendous cellular activity and release potent growth factors.
Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF)
Recent advances in stem cell science have made it possible to obtain high numbers of
quality multi-potent cells from a person’s own fat, harvested by liposuction. Stromal
Vascular Fraction (SVF) is a state-of-the-art technology whereby fat is processed to
yield up to 500 times the number of adult mesenchymal stem cells (per cc of fat) than
can be yielded from bone marrow or blood. Typically there are approximately 1 million
perivascular and mesenchymal stem cells per one cc of fat.
The procedure entails performing a mini-liposuction (around 50 mL of fat tissue)
typically from the abdomen, under local anesthesia. Perivascular and mesenchymal
stem cells are extracted from the tissue, which are then incubated and deployed within
ninety minutes or less. Under proprietary protocols, these stem cells are activated and
deployed back into the patient where they secrete growth factors and paracrine effects
leading to their regenerative potential. Clinical research suggests treatment success
could be directly related to the quantity of stem cells deployed.
The Regeneris protocol yields high viable cell counts which is critical to ensure the
best outcome and result. Injections are administered directly into areas of concern
(knee, spine, scalp, etc), or can be administered intravenously.
Post-operative discomfort is minimal when followed by a minimal restriction on activity
and a progressive therapy plan for recovery.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. In
fact, your platelets are the “first responders” of wound care, initiating the critical
cascade to healing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) raises the local concentration of
platelets in the blood to above the baseline, and when activated, creates an
environment which promotes healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and
joints, and can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared from the patient’s own blood. Once prepared, the
activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that
recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells.
As early as the 1990s, PRP has been used in dental and plastic surgery. Several
clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections have improved function and
decreased pain to various levels of damage or degeneration, including elbow, wrist,
shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendinosis. Early research is also showing promise for
The side effects of PRP injections are very limited, as the procedure utilizes the
patient’s own blood. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure,
and is usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.
Dr. Tess Patient Testimonial
“I’m in my mid-50s. I went to Dr. Tess
because I have rheumatoid arthritis which
made me immobile due to debilitating
pain...Two months after the procedure, I
was in tears with my family as we told Dr.
Tess how much our lives have changed
since the procedure. I was so happy
because my husband did not have to
carry me into the bathroom anymore and
I can spend quality time with my daughter
again...If you’re living with pain, don’t
think twice...JUST DO IT! –Anne P.
Dr. Tess talks regenerative stem cell therapy with her patient
and personal trainer Rico on the SD6 news.
Regenerative Stem Cell
Therapy for Reynaud’s
“I have struggled with
Reynaud’s disease since I was
17 years old. I have been told
by specialists that it is the worst
case they have seen and even
more strange that I have it so
young. Having Reynaud’s is a
constant disability to me. I
struggled with it every day. Not being able to move your
extremities is extremely disabling. I couldn’t be in cold
climates, or even go through a frozen section at the grocery
store. It was getting to a point where I couldn’t move my
hands or feel any sensation but pain. Knowing how
damaging this was to my ability to move my hands and walk
and even do everyday things was really unsettling.
After countless research and trials to find a way to soothe my
symptoms I found that Dr. Tess was providing a procedure
called regenerative stem cell therapy for diseases such as
mine. This is the only thing that is proving to work and help
patients who suffer from my same ailment. After consulting
with Dr. Tess I went through with the procedure and have had
a positive outlook on what my potential results would be. Six
months after my procedure I have gone as long as 2 weeks
without any episodes! I am beyond blessed and grateful to
have found something that could so positively improve my
quality of life. I have a toddler and husband and couldn’t
imagine going through life not being able to hold my
husband’s hand or
play with my little
done wonders for
me and I
my disease or any
other that feel as
though nothing is
helping. I cannot
thank Dr. Tess
enough for her expertise and for her artistry and skill in
undertaking this complex procedure to help me. She is the
best of the best and I will always be in debt to her and her
staff for the care she has provided me and the hope I have to
finally live a normal life. ”
- Bre Buchner Patient, Admirer, Advocate
Aesthetics & Regenerative Medicine - Beverly Hills, San Diego, Chula Vista