Welcome to the Silicon Valley Cell Treatment Center, and affiliate of the California Stem Cell Treatment Center. At our state of the art clinic we are using cutting edge advanced techniques and the latest innovative technology to improve the health and well being of our patients. At the Silicon Valley Cell Treatment Center, we provide care for people suffering from diseases that may have limited treatment options and may respond to stem cell based regenerative treatment. The Silicon Valley Cell Treatment Center emphasizes quality and our well trained physician is highly committed to clinical research and the advancement of regenerative medicine.
At the new and bigger location on Bubb Road, just off Highway 85, Cupertino Medical Laser Center continues its tradition of great service.
Was it the sun that damaged your skin or was it those acne-filled adolescent years? Maybe it’s old age. Who knows? Who cares? At Cupertino Medical Laser Center, the focus is not on what caused your less-than-perfect skin, but what we can do to fix it.
The Cupertino Medical Laser Center is also known as SmartLipo Institute of Silicon Valley. Yung Chen M.D. is one of the first cosmetic surgeons in the bay area to practice SmartLipo. Having performed SmartLipo on hundreds of patients to date Yung Chen M.D. is amongst the most experienced doctors performing this procedure in the nation. Along with this Yung Chen M.D. has lectured and conducted in-house training with doctors who are interested in practicing SmartLipo.
In our clinic, Dr. Yung Chen focuses on the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures which minimize patient downtime and at the same time achieving the best results. We offer various laser treatments, minimum invasion facial surgeries, laser body sculpting, fat transfer facelift, scar treatment, anti-aging stem cell rejuvenation, filler and Botox injection.
Dr. Yung Chen
THE MAN BEHIND THE MACHINE
Dr. Yung Chen’s passion for his patients has led him down the path that combines his extensive training in cosmetic medicine and anti-aging therapies. Dr. Chen is committed to delivering the best possible results for his patients, offering expertise in a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures. He is an active member of American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine as well as California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. As technology continues to advance, Dr. Chen stays abreast of the latest procedures and advancement by attending conferences on a regular basis.
As the medical director of Cupertino Medical Laser Center as well as Silicon Valley Stem Cell Center, Dr. Chen strives to provide his patients with the best-customized treatment that is specifically for them. With the addition of Silicon Valley Stem Cell Center, he is excited about getting into real medicine and reversing diseases and not just treat them with medication to manage their symptoms.
When he’s not in the office, Dr. Chen enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. Dr. Chen is fluent in Mandarin as well.
ABOUT DR. DARROW
Dr. Darrow graduated from Northwestern University and has a Medical Degree from the University of Hawaii.
He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the UCLA School of Medicine.
After college, Dr. Darrow completed a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University College of Law in San Francisco, as well as a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California, and practiced law for 15 years prior to his medical career.
After several sports injuries and a failed shoulder surgery, Dr. Darrow healed himself by Regenerative Medicine self-injections. He is one of the busiest Regenerative Medicine doctors on the planet.
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Dr. Bar has created a truly unique environment for integrative and pure organic holistic medicine balanced with modern technology to restore your mind, body, and skin to its wellness and beauty. We use the latest in medical technology for anti-aging to achieve safe and healthy bod. Our mission is to optimize your well-being and vitality.
Hair Regeneration Stem Cell Growth Factors
Over 92% Hair regeneration for weak hair and hair damaged from color, chemicals.
Over 80% Recovery of hair secondary to hormonal and environmental changes.
Dr. Nathan Newman has researched and worked with stem cells for nearly 20 years. He has innovated the Stem Cell Lift®, a scar free technique which removes your own body fat to be used for cosmetic treatments such as the Stem Cell Facelift, providing natural looking results. Dr. Newman’s stem cell therapy has many other applications such as the Brazilian Butt Lift with natural, scar free approach, for enhanced buttocks. The Stem Cell Lift is also used to treat knee pain and shoulder pain and often may prolong the need for a knee replacement. It is also used to repair a post cancer scar or defect. Dr. Newman has been using his stem cell therapy to treat Lichen Sclerosus symptoms with great success.
Looking back at the history of plastic surgery for facelifts made many cosmetic surgeons aware that the nip tuck of the past caused the face to look tighter and plastic, not youthful and natural. As we age, the fullness of the face starts to deflate and the skin loses its elasticity. This process causes the skin to droop and loosen causing us to look tired, unhealthy and sad. One of the first places we notice loss of volume is under the eyes and the cheeks. This loss of volume causes the remaining fat, which supports the eyeball, to appear as if it is bulging. The adjacent skin then drops down and inward, which create noticeably deeper laugh lines, marionette lines and jowls. The Stem Cell Facelift addresses these symptoms of aging.
Until now, the traditional plastic surgery concept was to remove the bags from under the eyes, to cut the loose skin out and to pull the skin tight. In reviewing the facelift results of this plastic surgery concept, cosmetic surgeons noticed that this method not only made people look pulled tight and plastic, but it actually accentuated the loss of volume and the hollowed appearance caused one to look older.
How is the Stem Cell Lift® different from a traditional face lift?
Dr. Newman’s Stem Cell Lift® technique offers a new paradigm in face lifts as it addresses and overcomes the problems encountered with the 2-dimensional face lifts and with the older fat grafting methods. The Stem Cell Facelift provides a 3-dimensional lift without scarring. It corrects the main cause of an aging face which is volume loss. It does not alter the natural anatomy of your face. The procedure can be performed with a local anesthesia, there is no need for general anesthesia. The stem cell facelift cost varies from patient to patient dependent on exact treatment plan, but averages around $25,000 whereas the average cost of more contemporary methods of facial surgery is around $40,000. The cost of the stem cell facelift is a fraction of the cost of older methods of cosmetic surgery since it does not require general anesthesia and takes less time to perform. Also, the entire face (forehead, eyes, nose, temples, cheeks, laugh lines, lips, jowls, and chin) can be done all at the same time with the stem cell enhanced fat. Each area would otherwise entail a separate procedure that costs thousands of dollars.
Before & After Pictures of Stem Cell Facelifts
The field of medicine is entering a new era with the use of stem cell technology. As with any new technology there is much confusion about stem cells. The ethical and noncontroversial use of stem cells from your own body fat, known as autologus adult adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells, has come of age, while the ethically controversial embryonic stem cells are still being studied and developed. Below are the most commonly asked questions by patients about this unique and innovative method for sculpting your face and body.
What are stem cells from fat?
Non-embryonic adult stem cells are found most concentrated in the fat. Adult stem cells remain dormant (non-dividing) until they are activated by a normal need for more cells, or by disease or tissue injury. Serving as part of the repair and maintenance system, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish others. When activated, the stem cell in the fat has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become a fat cell, a muscle cell, a bone cell, a cartilage cell, or a nerve covering cell.
Does it leave scars?
No. There are no scalpel knives used in the procedure. Specially designed blunt instruments are used to inject the fat and stem cells to sculpt the body areas as desired.
Does it make my face look fat?
No. The Stem Cell Facelift procedure restores the youthful look by restoring the 3-dimensional balance to the face.
Do I need to be put to asleep?
No. The Stem Cell Facelift procedure is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia. Most patients prefer to take an oral sedative to help them feel more relaxed during the procedure.
Is the Stem Cell Facelift safe?
Yes. Since it is your own fat there is no allergic or adverse reaction that can happen from the fat or stem cells. Also, since there is no need for general anesthesia, serious risks associated with being put to sleep are eliminated.
Is it painful?
Most patients report feeling mild pressure during the injection that is controlled with local anesthesia and some soreness in the areas treated for about 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure that does not require pain medication.
How long is the recovery?
You will be able to resume your normal daily activities the following day if you are taking the oral sedative during the procedure. Limited by the degree of swelling that you experience after the procedure. Most patients have noticeable swelling and some bruising in the areas treated from 3 to 10 days, depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing response.
How long will the result last?
The results should last for approximately 5 to 10 years. The results are affected by your lifestyle, habits and genetics. Smoking and weight fluctuations diminish the results.
How will it look over time?
Since it is your own live tissue, it will be undetectable and will change along with the rest of the surrounding tissues it is found in. In addition to having restored the 3-dimensional balanced proportions to your face, the stem cells help rejuvenate the look and texture of the skin, restoring your youthful glow.
How is it different from fat injections?
Fat grafting injection results are dependent on the technique used. The technique used is a major factor in how much viable fat cells are transferred to the desired area. In the stem cell facelift procedure, Dr. Newman uses unique patent-pending process, which allows him to double or triple the number of stem cells that are going to be used to re-position the fat and to sculpt the face back to its naturally healthy and youthful appearance. This unique process generates better results, last longer and rejuvenates the facial structures as well as the skin over it.
How much does it cost?
The stem cell facelift cost varies from patient to patient dependent on exact treatment plan, but averages around $25,000. The cost of the stem cell facelift is a fraction of the cost of older methods of cosmetic surgery since it does not require general anesthesia and takes less time to perform. Also, the entire face (forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, laugh lines, lips, jowls, and chin) can be done all at the same time with the stem cell enhanced fat. Each area would otherwise entail a separate procedure that costs thousands of dollars. The average cost of older methods of facial surgery is generally $40,000 and up.
Beyond the Facelift
The Stem Cell Lift can be used for other treatments of the body such as: Brazilian butt-lift/Buttock Augmentation, Hand rejuvenation, restore volume to ear lobes that can no longer hold up earrings due to the thin skin, Lipo-Correction, Cellulite Correction, Scar revision, Post surgical defects, Vulvar Enhancement, Calf sculpting, Breast Augmentation or Post-surgical correction.
Combined Cosmetic Treatments
The Stem Cell Life® may be combined with other cosmetic treatments to optimize your results. The most common of these include: Liposuction and lipo-sculpting, laser and radio frequency for skin tightening treatments, skin discoloration, age spots, dark spots, telangiectasia (broken blood vessels) skin tone and texture, and tightening the skin
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As one of the best orthopaedic surgeons in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills CA, Dr. Raj & his board certified team [of orthopedist in los angeles & beverly hills] provides state-of-art quality orthopaedic care available and is always on the cutting edge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical technologies such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections, stem cell injections for tendonitis and arthritis, minimally invasive surgery and more. As one of the most trusted & respected orthopedic surgeons in Beverly Hills, Dr. Raj believes that an important part of recovery starts before treatment, with educating the patient and their family members on all treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical. As a premier orthopedic specialist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Raj’s surgical and non-surgical results have been outstanding. Dr. Raj’s client’s range from celebrities to the elderly to sports athletes alike.
Dr. Raj and his team at his orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles CA pride themselves in offering the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques. Our orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles CA represent excellence in their respective fields, including: hip adult and reconstruction of the knee, hand and wrist surgery, orthopedic trauma and fractures, shoulder surgery and elbow arthroscopy and medicine sporty.
As a top orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Raj uses the most advanced techniques and technologies available, to reduce hospitalisation and speed recovery. This includes cutting edge techniques for rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, knee replacement, meniscal repair, fracture treatment and much more. The goal of a good orthopedic surgeon is to return you to full activity in the least amount of time possible! Dr. Raj’s, and his expert team of orthopedic surgeons in Beverly Hills CA use the latest techniques and technology to improve care for people with musculoskeletal problems.
Dr. Raj and his orthopedic institute provides a VIP, concierge personalized service for out of state and international patients to help you recover quicker. In addition, we have catered to many international patients encompassing VIP accommodations. Dr. Raj’s obsession for perfection and his outstanding team has led to unparalleled surgical results and an impeccable reputation which has garnered the attention of the media seeking his expert opinion, also resulting in numerous guest appearances on radio and television.
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Dr. Raj has been a pioneer in regenerative medicine by helping patients alleviate pain and repair injury by offering cutting edge stem cell procedures in Los Angeles, CA.. Dr. Raj serves as an ABC News Medical Consultant and as a Consultant Editor for WebMD Hip and Knee Replacement Community along with being a Medical Expert for The Globe and National Enquirer.
Patients all have unique situations. Regenerative medicine procedures offer the option to regenerate cartilage, repair soft tissues back to 100% and get athletes back on the field faster.
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Welcome to the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF, one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the United States.
In some 125 labs, scientists are carrying out studies, in cell culture and animals, aimed at understanding and developing treatment strategies for such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spinal cord injury and cancer.
While the scientific foundation for the field is still being laid, UCSF scientists are beginning to move their work toward human clinical trials. A team of pediatric specialists and neurosurgeons is carrying out the second brain stem cell clinical trial ever conducted in the United States, focusing on a rare disease, inherited in boys, known as Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease.
Others are working to develop strategies for treating diabetes, brain tumors, liver disease and epilepsy. The approach for treating epilepsy potentially also could be used to treat Parkinson’s disease, as well as the pain and spasticity that follow brain and spinal cord injury.
The center is structured along seven research pipelines aimed at driving discoveries from the lab bench to the patient. Each pipeline focuses on a different organ system, including the blood, pancreas, liver, heart, reproductive organs, nervous system, musculoskeletal tissues and skin. And each of these pipelines is overseen by two leaders of international standing – one representing the basic sciences and one representing clinical research. This approach has proven successful in the private sector for driving the development of new therapies.
The center, like all of UCSF, fosters a highly collaborative culture, encouraging a cross-pollination of ideas among scientists of different disciplines and years of experience. Researchers studying pancreatic beta cells damaged in diabetes collaborate with those who study nervous system diseases because stem cells undergo similar molecular signaling on the way to becoming both cell types. The opportunity to work in this culture has drawn some of the country’s premier young scientists to the center.
While the focus of the science is the future, UCSF’s history in the field dates back to 1981, when Gail Martin, PhD, co-discovered embryonic stem cells in mice and coined the term “embryonic stem cell.” Two decades later, UCSF’s Roger Pedersen, PhD, developed two of the first human embryonic stem cell lines, following the groundbreaking discovery by University of Wisconsin’s James Thomson, PhD, of a way to derive the cells.
Today, the University’s faculty includes Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, of the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes and Kyoto University. His discovery in 2006 of a way to reprogram ordinary skin cells back to an embryonic-like state has given hope that someday these cells might be used in regenerative medicine.
Yamanaka’s seminal finding highlights the unexpected and dramatic discoveries that can characterize scientific research. In labs throughout UCSF and beyond, the goal is to move such findings into patients.
What can stem cells do?
Stem cells have the potential to: • Replace cell tissue that has been damaged or destroyed by illness, • Replicate themselves over and over for a very long time, • Help scientists understand the origin of human biological development • Help scientists understand healthy & diseased cells in hope of creating treatments & cures for many diseases.
The National Institutes for Health (NIH) notes that stem cells “have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each ‘daughter’ cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. A more detailed primer on stem cells can be found at http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics.”
What is a stem cell?
They are in a sense, the cells from which all else “stems”. Bioethicist Alexander Capron of the World Health Organization described a stem cell as, “the foundation of organisms, the stalk from which everything buds and branches.” Stem cells may be either embryonic or adult (somatic). As a fertilized egg divides, the multiplying embryonic stem cells differentiate into or become all of the diverse tissues of the body, such as lungs, liver, brain, hair, heart.
What role do stem cells play in human biology?
Stem cells regenerate lost or damaged cells. For example, when a person gives or loses blood, stem cells will replenish the supply. If the skin is damaged, it generates new skin cells as it heals. Since stem cells have the ability to generate new tissue specific cells, this area of medicine is often called “regenerative medicine”.
All animals, including humans, start from one cell, which results from fertilization of an egg by a sperm. The resulting one cell contains all of the animal’s genetic material or DNA and is capable of developing into a complete organism. As the cell divides, the resulting cells or daughter cells, will still contain all of the DNA, while at the same time becoming specialized, and more restricted in their ability to become all types of organs and tissues.
Are stem cells currently used to treat disease?
Yes, adult or somatic stem cells have been used for some time to treat disease. For example, blood stem cells created in the bone-marrow are used in “bone-marrow transplant” as a common therapy for various blood based diseases such as leukemia and aplastic anemia. Organ transplantation also uses stem cell technology.
What are the stages of human development?
The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) provided a simple outline of human development: 1. the developing organism is a zygote during the first week after fertilization, 2. the organism is an embryo during the 2nd – 8th weeks of development 3. the organism is a fetus from the 9th week of development until the time of birth.
What is an embryonic stem cell?
Embryonic stem cells come from the “inner cell mass” of a group of cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst is an early stage of development known as the “zygote” that occurs within the first 4-6 days after fertilization. Once the “inner cell mass” or embryonic stem cells are removed from the blastocyst, the cells may be kept alive in a petri dish under specific laboratory conditions. Such cells are pluri-potent meaning they may become any cell in the body.
What is an adult or somatic stem cell?
They are stem cells found in the tissue and organs of organisms that have the potential to become their tissue of origin. Essentially, adult or somatic stem cells are tissue specific stem cells that will have a specific occupation within the organism, for example, embryonic stem cells that differentiate or become heart stem cells will form heart tissue. Such cells have the ability to replenish or maintain tissues that have a limited life span, such as skin and intestines. For example, the human intestine sheds and replaces 100 billion cells daily by dividing stem cells that generate replacements for the short-lived cells. Thus, adult or somatic stem cells are “differentiated” or specifically assigned to the creation or replenishing of cells in specific tissues or organs.
What is differentiation?
Differentiation is the process in which a cell, such as a stem cell, specializes in the creation or replenishing of cells in specific tissues or organs in the body. The process occurs through the activation (“turning on”) or inactivation (“turning off”) of specific genes in the cells. The turning on/turning off process results in the development of cells that are assigned specific tasks such as creating the heart or replenishing the lining of the intestine.
What are the sources for embryonic stem cells?
1. Excess fertilized eggs from in-vitro ferilization clinics, 2. Using IVF procedures with donated oocytes and sperm to make blastocysts for research, or 3. Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT)
What is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)?
Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART includes all treatments or procedures that involve the laboratory handling of human eggs and sperm for the purpose of fertilizing an egg and helping a woman become pregnant.
After 30 years of performing a wide variety of orthopedic procedures to treat sports injuries and arthritic conditions, we are excited to offer the investigational use of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (ADSC’s) for clinical research and deployment. This technology adds to our toolbox of treatment choices for the patient with orthopedic and degenerative conditions. Our treatments are part of an investigative program begun in 2010 by 2 surgeons in Southern California. As affiliates of the Cell Surgical Network® (CSN), we utilize the network’s specific protocols for harvesting fat cells followed by deployment into injured joints or tendons. We are committed to working with orthopedic patients looking for alternatives or additions to traditional surgical options and those who are not yet ready for total joint replacement.
An online application/interest form is filled out, and then a free 10-minute informational phone call is provided if you meet our criteria for stem cell treatment. If appropriate, a consultation, preferably in the office, or via Skype if you are at a distance, is then done to review the specifics of your problem and determine if you are a candidate for adipose-derived stem cell (ADSC) treatment.
Meet and Greet
You have made an important decision to have stem cell deployment. It’s exciting that these tools are now available for therapeutic use. Stem cell therapy with your own stem cells may very well be the next significant advancement in medicine. Local Anesthesia & Harvesting Fat
Patients have their fat harvested in a special treatment facility under a local anesthetic. The procedure lasts approximately twenty minutes, using specially designed equipment to harvest about 50cc of fat.Preparation
After harvesting the fat cells, the next step is to isolate the cells. This is accomplished by separating the fat cells and stem cells. The process used by Golden Gate Stem Cell Treatment Center yields an extremely high number of stem cells.
Depending on the type of deployment required, stem cells can be injected through veins, arteries, subcutaneously, or directly into joints. All of these are considered minimally invasive methods of introducing stem cells. In the right environment, these cells can change (differentiate) into bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, collagen or neutral tissue. Because it is your own DNA material, there is no rejection. The whole process takes less than three hours.
About the IBSC
The Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC) at UC Santa Cruz aims to support and advance stem cell research by promoting interdisciplinary discoveries in biology, engineering, and information science to enable cures.
The Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC) encompasses research, training, and facilities. The institute was made possible by the high quality of biological and engineering research on the UCSC campus and by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which in September 2005 approved funding for UCSC to establish a training program in stem cell research. Funding from CIRM also made possible the UCSC Shared Stem Cell Facility and other major projects that have supported stem cell research on this campus, such as a major facility award that funded the IBSC space in the new Biomedical Sciences Building.