This book is a thoroughly informative and enjoyable read. The demand for integrative and regenerative medicine is rocketing and this book is a fantastic introduction to the subject. It is comprehensive yet a fairly comfortable read, easy to navigate and the case studies and photographs included are very insightful.
The initial chapters cover basic science of cellular intelligence and tissue regeneration in detail, alongside discussion of some procedural techniques, indications and how to avoid complications.
The second chapter is dedicated to placental-derived stem cells and how the discovery that they were pluripotent in 2012 has been a game-changer as it proved that mature cells could in-fact be reprogrammed, leading to our ability to use stem cells to regenerate the body.
The first series of case studies discusses scarring, acne and melasma. Each individual case is introduced with a clear case presentation, well considered treatment plan and finishes with a discussion of the results.
This then leads onto the chapter on adipose-derived stem cells, which covers fat transfer, refinement and activation as well as briefly discussing re-injection.
Chapter five is dedicated to stromal vascular fractions and six to recombinant growth factors and gene editing. Both chapters are very interesting and the case series that cover their application follows in chapter seven. Again, each case study is comprehensively discussed allowing readers to gain a real understanding of how the results may be achieved.
The final two chapters look at platelet-rich plasma, platelet-rich fibrin and combining regenerative medicine with other procedures. There are so many treatments available these days and knowing how to combine them well to achieve outstanding results is what we all want for our patients. This book dips its toes into guiding us to be more aware of how to use regenerative medicine in conjunction with aesthetic treatments.
Overall, this book is a haven of knowledge, not only for those early on in their training but also for established clinicians. I for one have learnt a great deal reading this and plan to use the information to guide my practice to a more regenerative based one.