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Stem Cell for Joint Pain

Stem Cell for Joint Pain

Stem cell therapy for joint pain is a revolutionary procedure that utilizes the body’s own cells to support the healing process of injured or degenerated joints. The best type of stem cells that can promote musculoskeletal healing of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone are found in the bone marrow. Dr. Neal Handel and his team provide advanced cosmetic surgery as well as cutting edge health therapies such as stem cell treatment.

For nearly 40 years, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Handel along with his experienced staff has been helping people resolve their aesthetic as well as health concerns with innovative and proven solutions. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities for cutting edge procedures such as stem cell therapy for joint pain.

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Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical injectable procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. For people who are suffering from joint pains, the treatment can prove to be a viable alternative against surgery or even joint replacement.

Stem cell therapy will avoid the typical lengthy and painful period of rehabilitation that is usually involved in a surgery. Mobility, strength and range of motion can be restored in a safe and healthy manner with stem cell joint treatment.

How does it Work?

Advanced techniques are available today to withdraw the stem cells from the bone marrow, and process them in a lab. The concentrated cells are then re-injected with high precision into the targeted areas where the joint tissue is injured or degenerated. Ultrasound or fluoroscopy techniques may be used to achieve higher precision in the treatment.

As the stem cells are re-injected into the targeted area, they promote the natural repair process of injured and degenerated ligaments, tendons and arthritic joints. This enables the reversal of the natural breakdown process that had begun due to overuse, injury or aging. As an experienced plastic surgeon and health professional, Dr. Handel provides this treatment to patients in Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby locations.


The human body holds a natural supply of stem cells that are readily available to support the repair process of degenerated or injured tissues at any time. These stem cells stay in reserve in the marrow cavity of the bones. They may be harvested more easily from the iliac bone in the back of the hip area.

The procedure to obtain the stem cells can be performed in the surgeon’s office, using advanced imaging or ultrasound techniques for guidance. The patient will lay face down as the treatment expert numbs the bone and skin. A special needle will be inserted into the bone to withdraw marrow blood, which contains the stem cells.

This harvesting procedure is usually well tolerated by most patients, and can be performed smoothly by an expert. Once the marrow blood is drawn, it will be taken to the lab where it undergoes a centrifugal process to purify and concentrate the stem cells, while removing the other cells. These concentrated stem cells are then injected into the targeted area of the joint tissue to help heal the painful joints.


Hormone Replacement

Hormone Replacement

Aging and menopausal symptoms can have an adverse impact on a woman’s well-being and physical appearance. While the physical appearance can be enhanced effectively with cosmetic surgery procedures, it is also important to address the common symptoms of menopause.

Dr. Neal Handel is an experienced plastic surgeon providing the latest aesthetic as well as health treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). For nearly four decades, Dr. Handel and his team have been addressing a variety of needs of patients. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.

What is HRT?

HRT, also known as hormone therapy, estrogen replacement therapy or menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment involving the replacement of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to provide relief from the typical symptoms of menopause. The therapy may be prescribed during or after menopause, depending on a patient’s condition.

Following menopause, most women experience a decline in the hormone levels. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, irregular sleep, and vaginal dryness, or even debilitating conditions like osteoporosis. HRT is designed to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing in the required volume. HRT has been recognized as a time tested solution to address common menopausal symptoms.

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Hormone therapy may include either estrogen replacement or a combination of estrogen and progesterone treatment. Estrogen therapy is considered to be the most effective medical treatment for the menopause symptoms, and has been widely accepted around the world for the last many years. Numerous research studies have indicated that estrogen therapy continues to be safe and effective for many women when it is used for up to five years.

If the woman suffers from a more severe condition such as osteoporosis, which may be occurred as fallout of menopause, the treatment expert may recommend a combination of hormonal as well as non-hormonal medications. In many cases, estrogen therapy is combined with progesterone to minimize the risks and produce more effective results.

Patients should be careful about using hormone therapy for more than five years because of the potential risks involved. Dr. Handel will recommend a safe and effective hormonal treatment program, which is customized to meet the unique needs of a patient. In addition to cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic procedures, Dr. Handel also provides health procedures such as hormone therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby areas.

Need for Estrogen and Progesterone

Female body has a natural need for hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. When a woman is of child bearing age, the estrogen plays a role in the development of uterus, which is ready to receive a fertilized egg. Estrogen also controls the body’s use of calcium, and raises the levels of good cholesterol in the blood.

Progesterone in the body combined with estrogen to protect the uterus against degeneration and dreaded diseases such as cancer. Progesterone lowers the risk of uterine cancer by thinning the lining of the uterus. The physician will recommend an appropriate hormone therapy in accordance with the specific health needs of a woman.

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic SurgeonsPlastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

In recent decades, plastic and cosmetic surgery practices have proliferated due to a surge in demand for various aesthetic procedures for the breast, body, and face. While most practices claim to offer the services of a qualified plastic surgeon, some of them may not actually have the right training or qualifications that are expected of a plastic surgeon.

Patient awareness becomes an important aspect in this regard, in order to ensure that they seek treatment from the most appropriate surgeon. Dr. Neal Handel is a board certified plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA and surrounding communities.

Significance of Organized Plastic Surgery

All cosmetic surgery procedures are primarily elective in nature. This increases the responsibility of the surgeon manifold to ensure that a procedure must be performed only on the right candidate and under the safest of circumstances. Only a fully trained surgeon will be in a position to ensure complete patient safety and deliver results in line with the patient’s aesthetic needs and expectations.

Patients are on a safe footing when they choose a surgeon having the required certifications from or affiliations with a leading plastic surgery board or society. These organizations will ensure that their members have the requisite training and skills and adhere to the best surgical standards and practices in every procedure they perform.

Some of the prominent societies in this regard will include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as recognized local societies in every state. Dr. Handel is a distinguished plastic surgeon providing cutting edge surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Beverly Hills    and nearby areas.

Legal Backing

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS) recently earned a landmark legal victory in the 10th District US Courts of Appeals in Denver, CO. A lawsuit had been filed previously in a lower court against these societies claiming that they were conducting a patient safety and awareness campaign that created a distinction between plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

The lower court had dismissed the lawsuit, and now the Court of Appeals has upheld the previous dismissal. The key contention of the plaintiffs was that the education campaign of these societies was causing a loss of business to non-plastic surgeons. However, the appellate court did not find any legal violation by the societies in their campaign and dismissed the complaint, marking an important victory for organized plastic surgery.

‘Do Your Homework’

The campaign of the ASPS, aptly titled ‘Do Your Homework’ is aimed at raising awareness and educating people to acquire correct knowledge about the qualifications and credentials of a plastic surgeon before they go ahead with a procedure.

The recent legal victory is a reaffirmation of the public education stand taken in this campaign. The President of UPSS, Brian Brzowski, said that the court’s decision is a confirmation of the need to make people aware about the fine distinctions between certified plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves surgical placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast tissue in order to increase the breast size. Currently, breast implant procedure is the second most sought-after cosmetic surgery in the US after liposuction. Sometimes breast implant surgery may be used as a part of breast reconstruction.

Dr. Neal Handel ranks among the most experienced breast implant plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Handel has an excellent track record of success in this procedure. He employs cutting edge techniques to help his patients achieve desirable outcomes with minimal risk of serious side effects. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA and surrounding communities.

Choice of Implants

The choice of breast implants will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Breast implants are available in traditional saline and advanced silicone gel type. Different sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures are also available.

During the planning process for breast implant cosmetic surgery, Dr. Handel will help the patient make the right choice of implants. Various factors will be taken into account to ensure that the choice of implants is in sync with the patient’s overall health and aesthetic needs.

Choice of Surgical Technique

Breast implants can be placed in the subglandular or subpectoral position in the breasts, depending on the patient’s unique needs. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel along with his team, will carefully evaluate the thickness of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast glandular tissue to determine the optimal position of implants. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and nearby areas.


Breast implant surgery can be completed in about two hours, and most patients will be able to return home the same day. The patient should have someone to drive them back home after the surgery. For out of town patients, Dr. Handel’s team can make overnight stay arrangements at a motel. The procedure is generally performed using general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation in some cases.

The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing a discreet incision below the breast crease, around the areola, or in the underarm. A breast pocket to accommodate the implant will be carved through the incision. The implant may be placed above or below the pectoral muscle as decided during the treatment planning process. Once the implant is adjusted into its position, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.

Expertise of Dr. Handel

A majority of surgeries performed by Dr. Handel are breast surgeries, and breast augmentation is an important part of his practice. Dr. Handel has performed breast augmentation on thousands of women during his extensive career spanning 35 years.

It is true that breast implant surgery may require a revision procedure or replacement in later years, and the patient should be aware of this fact. But many patients of Dr. Handel received the implants 25 or 30 years ago, and still continue to maintain the original set of implants without any need for replacement or additional surgery.

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