Stem Cells and Skin Care

The more that scientists look into the depth DNA of stem cells, the more regenerative properties it seems they are able to provide. Though politicians have endlessly debated the ethics of using these “blank template” cells to create new tissues and organs, the cosmetics industry has immediately jumped into research and development of skin care products involving stem cells that promise the user to enjoy the same quality of skin that they had decades ago. Cosmetics companies have long been quick to jump in and tap into new scientific breakthroughs; botulinium toxin having been first used to treat spasms in facial muscles. Therefore, it is not surprising that the same businesses are seizing the opportunity to harness these cells.

Plastic Surgery And Reproducing Skin

The possibility of speeding up the process of healing skin on the face following a laser procedure by slapping a sheep placenta onto one’s brow has recently been put into practice. It sounds fairly unpleasant, but the stem cells within the sheep womb are capable of creating new skin that looks and feels like it came fresh off a baby’s bottom. Human stem cells are not required in order to treat human tissue, since it bonds quickly and effectively to whatever their proteins tell them to bond to. As such, it is possible to use plant cells in order to provide some of the more effective cosmetics treatments on the market today. However, the procedures that the cosmetics industry can currently provide for their clients are far from quick or easy. Now, it is necessary to take fat out of one’s body, withdraw the stem cells, and then mix the underlying proteins of the cells together with skin; feats not easily achieved.

Make Your Face Shine…Hopefully

Though it has not been approved by the FDA, a stem-cell face-lift has recently become popular. Once taken from one part of the body (usually the fat reserves around the stomach) and then injected into the face, they re-grow into skin or muscle tissue. This is the intended result, though it does not always go as hoped. In one case, a woman who had a stem cell face operation found that she had miniature bone fragments growing in her eyelids since they came into contact with a mineral that caused them to grow bone rather than muscle tissue. She ultimately got the younger facial skin she desired, but at the price tag of a twenty-thousand-dollar operation to eliminate the small bone fragments.

Creams And Cures

Boney eyes, however, are a worst-case situation and quite rare when it comes to cosmetics. Creams only negotiate with the skin they come in contact with, meaning that they divide and begin to create new tissue matter once they encounter one’s face.