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Most Cosmetic Procedures Based on Stem Cells Are Bogus, Experts Say
Date:8/4/2014

types of cells unless they utilized sophisticated cell-sorting techniques.

Many blood plasma-enriched "platelet protein treatments" are also incorrectly advertised as stem cell therapy, the study's authors noted.

Meanwhile, there is only minimal evidence that cosmetic stem cell procedures have any anti-aging effects, the researchers said. They warn that stem cell facelifts may actually be "lipo-filling" procedures -- fat injections with no prolonged anti-aging effect.

Although stem cells do hold potential for cosmetic procedures in years to come, today's advertising claims for these procedures are going beyond any scientific evidence on safety and effectiveness, the researchers conclude.

"Stem cells offer tremendous potential for cosmetic applications, but we must be vigilant to avoid unscientific claims which may threaten this nascent field," Longaker and the review's co-authors wrote.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more insight on the potential of stem cell therapies.

SOURCE: Wolters Kluwer Health, news release, July 29, 2014

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