If you’ve been paying attention to recent advancements in medicine, you’ve likely heard of stem cell therapy.
Stem cells have shown the amazing capacity to regenerate damaged tissue. Because of this, they can even recreate functioning organs in the medical world.
Due to their inherent ability to self-renew, stem cell technology has demonstrated a lot of promise in the field of medicine.
But what about cosmetics? Right now, stem cells are a hot topic. They’re on the tips of the tongues of many cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.
It’s true—the use of stem cell cosmetics has provided new ways for people to look and feel younger. But do they actually work? What’s the deal?
Keep reading to learn more about how stem cells work in the cosmetic world.
What Are Stem Cells?
Before we dive in, it’s important to understand the basics of what stem cells even are.
Stem cells are regarded by many experts as “special” cells that can essentially morph into any other type of cell. For example, a human stem cell can transform into a muscle or brain cell, depending on what the body needs it for.
They have a seemingly magical ability to self-renew and multiply. When human, animal, or plant tissue gets damaged, it’s stem cells that go to work behind the scenes to promote the healing process.
Present in all of the above, stem cells are able to continue reproducing the needed cells for rejuvenation and healing.
Due to their capacity for rejuvenation and regeneration, it’s no surprise they’re making their way into the world of cosmetics and skincare.
Stem Cells for Hair Regrowth
Because of stem cells’ ability to self-renew, they’ve shown major promise in hair growth applications.
How does it work? It’s essentially the same as a traditional hair transplant, except in the stem cell procedure, the surgeon uses a skin sample from the scalp to harvest new hair follicles.
Once the skin sample is taken, it’s brought to the lab where it’s used to essentially make copies of the hair follicles. These “copies” are then placed back onto the scalp in the area where hair loss is occurring.
Basically, this procedure removes damaged hair follicles and replaces them with new, functioning ones.
Using stem cells for hair growth is a very new procedure, but it’s catching on quickly. Researchers in Italy performed the first successful application in 2017.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Another place stem cells are popping up in the cosmetic world is in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP injections are a procedure where the surgeon draws blood from the patient, processes it in a centrifuge, and injects it back into the problem area.
The centrifuge processing is used to separate the red cells from the white cells, creating an end product that’s rich in platelets and stem cells.
PRP injections are used for both cosmetic and pain management applications.
PRP Injections for Cosmetic Purposes
When the newly processed blood plasma (PRP) is injected back into the skin, it boosts the effectiveness of stem cells and tells them where they’re needed to help regrow damaged or aging tissue.
The procedure increases collagen production, which improves skin elasticity, promotes the growth of new blood vessels, and increases blood flow. This results in tighter, younger, suppler-looking skin.
PRP Injections for Pain Management
Also effective for pain management applications, the stem cell-rich plasma is great for reducing inflammation.
Inflammation is the cause of many forms of chronic pain, including sports injuries, and strains of the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Injecting PRP into areas of chronic pain has shown incredible results.
How Do Stem Cells Benefit Skincare?
More research needs to be done into the effectiveness of these properties as they pertain to skincare, but because stem cells contain natural antioxidants, they’re likely to regenerate skin cells and increase the production of collagen.
Stem cell cosmetic products boasting the ability to plump or firm the skin might not be too far off base. Though the research behind these claims is promising, it’s not 100% conclusive.
In addition to skincare, here are a few other ways stem cells have incorporated themselves into the cosmetic industry.
If stem cells can regenerate a damaged organ, think of their ability to regenerate skin tissue.
By applying cosmetic stem cell products to the skin topically via facials, they’re able to tighten, firm, and increase elasticity of otherwise damaged or aging skin.
After the stem cells have been extracted from the fat tissue, they’re injected back into the area to promote recovery, tighten and rejuvenate the skin, and possibly even diminish the appearance of scar tissue.
An ever-popular procedure, breast augmentation now uses stem cells. By adding them into the new fat injected into the breasts, many experts believe it can speed up healing time and keep fat cells alive.
Face & Butt Lifts
Used for similar reasons as for breast implant procedure, adding stem cells into the fat tissue used for face and butt lifts can expedite recovery, add firmness to the skin, and help to reduce the appearance and duration of scars.
Stem Cells In Cosmetics
As mentioned, the use of stem cells for cosmetic purposes is a new field. Our doctor keeps up with all the latest knowledge in the field of stem cell therapy.
Like most things, stem cell cosmetics are not a be-all, end-all approach. Do your research and be sure to consult with an experienced surgeon before making any big decisions about your health. We would love to talk to you further about how we can help you reach your goals.
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