You may have thought at one time or another, “If I could just turn back time” and now, in a medical breakthrough, it has become a reality to stop the clock and store your healthy stem cells.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin C. Wood of Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, has been tapped to be one of the first plastic surgeons in the United States to be offering the Forever Labs Stem Cell Collection procedure.
“It is very gratifying to be able to help people of all ages be prepared for future advances in medical science, and I am honored to have been selected as one of the first in my profession to be trained on stem cell collection,” Wood said. This state-of-the-art approach is at the forefront of science and technology, and will now be made available to his patients and the community at large.
Forever Labs was borne under the premise that the best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago; the second best time is today. As a scientist, Mark Katakowski, Ph.D., age 41, spent years in various Michigan-based medical labs testing and using bone marrow stem cells to rejuvenate older animals by treatment of disease.
“Time and time again, I experienced the power of stem cells on the animals and I knew that I wanted to store my own stem cells for future use. It became evident that everyone can benefit from this procedure,” Katakowski said.
He shared his vision with Steven Clausnitzer, 39, an entrepreneurial colleague and friend, and the two jointly founded Forever Labs, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Clausnitzer is CEO and Katakowski is president. Both preserved their stem cells before forming the company. “To know that I have access to my own youthful biology now is priceless. It’s pretty amazing because, in many ways, I am no longer aging,” Clausnitzer said.
Wood explained that the procedure is being performed Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery’s private outpatient facility, located off Lake Boone Trail, where he and his medical team perform plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries daily. He mentioned that the stem cell collection usually takes 15-30 minutes, uses local anesthetic and that the surgical technique includes aspiration of bone marrow from the pelvis at the lower back. Patients have reported a brief five- to 10-second pressure-like sensation. It is low-risk and they can immediately continue with their daily routines.
Dedicating his life to helping people feel more confident and beautiful, both physically and mentally, Wood sees this now as a natural fit for his medical practice since it has the ability to help patients be proactive – both to fight disease and for age rejuvenation in their future. Forever Labs mentioned that once the stem cells are collected by the physician, they are stored at an FDA-compliant Biorepository run by Fisher BioServices in Franklin, Massachusetts.
A Forever Labs informational event is set for Wednesday, April 26th, at 5:30pm at Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery. Katakowski will be giving a demonstration outlining the benefits of having access to your own, young-adult stem cells and will also share his personal experience. In addition, Dr. Wood, Dr. Glenn Davis and Dr. Jeremy Pyle will also explain the Forever Labs stem cell collection procedure. Anyone who attends the April 26th event and decides they would like the procedure will receive a complimentary year of stem cell storage.