Stem Cell Scar Repair
Are you embarrassed or lacking self-confidence due to a scar on your face? What if we could make that scar mostly vanish and disappear forever? What if we told you it was actually your body providing the “healing medicine”?
“Discover How Your Stem Cells Will Heal Your Scars!”
That’s right. It’s your own stem cells that are used.
What are “Stem Cells”?
The scientific way to describe a stem cell would be a cell that is “undifferentiated” (has no identifying characteristics). These cells remain that way until needed to take on a specific function and then take on those characteristics (differentiate).
Imagine a giant, detailed painting on a large canvas. Now imagine that canvas gets a hole about the size of an inch right in the middle. Traditional restoration would require filling the hole and touching up with new paint. It would never really be an original.
But now imagine if there were pieces of the original canvas that were blank. And when this original piece of canvas was inserted into the hole it automatically fused and filled in the painting exactly as it was before the damaged? That is how stem cells work.
They are the blank cells that create and repair our bodies. Embryonic stem cells are a primary building block to new babies. As the child grows, the body puts some of these stem cells in reserve throughout the body. In the event of disease or trauma, these stem cells are used to repair damaged tissue and to promote healing by assuming the characteristics of the damaged cells. It is these adult stem cells that we use to repair scars.
History of Stem Cells Use for Scarring
Like many things in medicine the effect of adult stem cells on scarring was discovered in large part by accident. For years, doctors had used fat to “fill in” the gaps of scars. What they could not understand is how, in some cases, new blood vessels were being formed in previously dead tissue. Over time it was determined that the human fat had small amounts of stem cells, and in some cases the concentration was enough to stimulate rejuvenation. “What we are seeing with stem cells is that they bring in a new blood supply,” says Sydney Coleman, MD. Doctors later learned how to concentrate a large number of stem cells into a small amount of fat and the effectiveness was greatly increased.
Stem Cell therapy for scarring is best used on scars that are indented into the skin, such as acne scars. The stem cell solution then fills the gap creating new skin and the scars disappear. For raised scars, such as serious burn victims, the treatment is lengthy and difficult. Due to the toughness of these scars it is nearly impossible to penetrate the skin to inject the stem cells. Lasers can be used to remove some of the dead skin, and this process requires many visits. For this reason we are selective in the types of scars we will treat. Please contact us to see if you will be a good candidate for scar removal.
The BBC recently reported on a study published in the Lancet medical journal which showed that stem cells repaired scar tissue in heart attack patients. A sample of healthy heart tissue was taken from the patient and the stems cells were then injected into the damaged parts of the heart. The results showed on average a 50% reduction of the damage. While more studies are underway to determine the true benefits to heart patients, the study exemplifies the shift to of modern medicine to allow the body to heal itself.
How Does the Stem Cell Procedure for Healing Scars Work?
- Using a very simple procedure, a small amount of fat is harvested from your belly.
- Stem cells that are dispersed throughout the fat are isolated and extracted.
- The extracted stem cells are then mixed with a small amount of fat creating an enriched healing compound
- The enriched healing mixture is then injected into the scar
- Healing Begins