The beauty industry cashes in on stem cells

March 30, 2011

The beauty industry cashes in on stem cells
The beauty industry cashes in on stem cells

Stem cells have the ability to divide, renew themselves and form new organs. So, potentially, a burn victim can regenerate skin without painful skin grafts. In the March 2011 Marie Claire, Dr. Alfred Lane, professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine says, “Recent discoveries have shown that adult stem cells, found in skin, can be programmed to grow new skin, hair and nerves.”

The beauty industry is “on” this exciting possibility. The question is, “What can stem cells do to reboot wrinkled, sagging and mottled skin?” According to Dior and other high and low end beauty brands, stem cells can do a lot.

Like June, stem cell boosting cell creams are bustin’ out all over. Dior has partnered with Stanford University to formulate a new antiaging line that boasts that it can protect the vulnerable stem cell from stresses like sun, pollution and other toxins. La Prairie has innovated a cream that sounds good enough to eat or ski in; it allegedly repairs stem cells by combining a peptide, red grape stem cells and extract of Swiss snow algae. Speaking of Swiss, stem cells from Swiss green apples are an ingredient in Donya Dakar’s Nutrasphere and Strivectin’s SD Eye Concentrate. Mary Schook’s stem cell facial uses electricity-assisted application of serums that are infused with adult human stem cells with sessions starting at $600.

Another arranged marriage between beauty and science has produced skin treatment for insomniacs who never reach the deepest stage of sleep in which cells regenerate. Melanie Simon’s nano protector replicates the brain’s electric current during deep sleep, coaxing cells into repair mode. Simon says it’s like being in a sleep tank for weeks and claims that some clients look five years younger after one treatment.

If you wish to make a modest investment in this new technology, there are creams made by Neutrogena and Aveeno that use zinc and copper to stimulate collagen production. Zinc and copper are electric minerals and copper is the most conductive metal besides silver.

If you are unwilling to wait until stem cell technology is perfected, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon and take advantage of the safe, clinically-tested noninvasive treatments that are available right now.  


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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