Some people believe their wrinkles are a sign that they have character. They show that they lived a life worth living. Others, however, see them as nothing but a sign of ageing, something that most want to avoid as much as possible.
Stem Cell Innovation
Scientists are now looking at a way that could, if successful, completely remove the need to use moisturizers, go under the knife or opt for Botox treatment. Through various stem cell treatment options, they aim to keep wrinkles at bay, perhaps even permanently.
Clinical trials are currently being conducted into just how effective stem cell treatment is. The stem cells used in the trials come from a patient’s own blood and are then purified. This is then used to fight their own wrinkles. The purified cells are injected just beneath the skin, creating brand new skin cells. This, supposedly, will restore the skin’s elasticity. The trials are being conducted by Glasgow, UK-based company Pharmacells, who have been at the forefront of developing this technology.
The skin is an interesting organs that contains fibroblast cells, which deliver its natural elastic property. The production of these fibroblasts slows down as people age. As a result, wrinkles start to appear. By introducing an increased amount of stem cells, properly located, the body can once again start to produce more fibroblasts. Proper trials have recently commenced and initial results are very promising.
Before this treatment, the only available option for people to truly get rid of wrinkles was invasive cosmetic treatment. The most successful involved the injection of synthetic collagens, which removes the lines by acting as a filler. Another popular and very successful option is Botox, which is actually a neurotoxin that is derived from Clostridium Botulinum, the same bacteria that causes botulism. What this does is paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles to appear.
Fibroblast cells, however, actually produce new collagen. In so doing, the structural integrity of the skin is improved. The first clinical trials of the treatment were conducted in Hong Kong. In the trial an unspecialized type of cell was chosen and purified. This cell is known as a blastocyst-like stem cell. These cells are found in various natural tissues within the human body. The trials were the first time this type of treatment was offered, although the scientific and medical world has been interested in it for a long time. This is mainly because, if successful, it could also be used to treat illnesses such as osteoarthritis and heart disease.
It will take some time before stem cell treatment is available all over the world and becomes as accepted as Botox. However, the prospect is incredibly exciting and it will most likely revolutionize the way plastic surgery is conducted at present. The evidence at present suggests that stem cells do indeed improve skin quality. Unfortunately, it will take some time before the long term effects are known, but they are also looking promising.