Your stem cells could be used to treat your future ailments.
Using pluripotent stem cells, regenerative treatments for diseases such as macular degeneration, heart disease, Parkinson's, Type 1 diabetes and spinal cord injury are in clinical trials around the world.
A number of these trials also have applications in aesthetic medicine. There are promising research looking into:
Patients undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery often need to undergo expansion of healthy skin using mechanical stretch. In this clinical trial patients received autologous cells resulting in enhanced expansion and improved skin texture and thickness.
Autologous fat transplantation is a common treatment for facial tissue defects caused by injuries, medications, or congenital problems. In this study, some patients received fat grafts that were supplemented with cells from the stromal vascular fraction.
Craniofacial microsomia is a congenital abnormality of facial development that results in part of the face being smaller, resulting in facial asymmetry. This can be remedied by fat transplantation, but some of the transplated volume can be lost post-transplantation.