The advancements in cosmetic surgery are becoming almost like a sci-fi movie. The idea of a facelift was a major ordeal not very many years ago. Now the technology is developing to the point where it will be much less invasive and way less recovery time.
This post by Kristen V. Brown of Fusion.com explains how regenerative medicine is in the realm of possibilities using tissue engineering and stem cells as cosmetic surgical techniques.
The promise of regenerative medicine is a future in which our bodies can defend themselves against the perils of age, injury and disease. A failing heart could heal itself. A broken hip could just grow the parts it needs to repair damaged joints.
Another area where regenerative medicine may pave the way for a medical revolution is plastic surgery.
In an article published last week in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, scientists looked at advancements being made in regenerative medicine. They concluded that it won’t be long before we’re simply growing new skin when we need a little freshening up.
“Perhaps the biggest advances in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the coming years will be the result of regenerative medicine techniques,” the University of Virginia researchers wrote.
Currently, procedures like face lifts involve actually replacing parts of the face with either synthetic material or tissue grafted from other parts of a patient’s body. A patient is put under anesthesia while a surgeon uses liposuction to suck out fat from places like the belly and then injects it into the patient’s face—injecting along with it, they hope, a youthful patina.
Now, scientists are working on engineering methods that could help the body repair the damage of age without the somewhat risky and labor intensive process of grafting.
One popular technique that could be applied to plastic surgery uses stem cells, and has shown much promise in everything from repairing brain damage to worn-out joints. The Food and Drug Administration, though, has still not approved the procedure for use on patients. Another experimental technique relies on using the same platelets that cause blood to clot in order to regenerate skin tissue.
Read the whole post here: Getting a face lift could one day be as easy as getting a flu shot | Fusion
In this video, the process of regenerative medicine and how it works is explained. In the beginning of the video, it shows how they can rebuild a human ear and then goes on to discuss how they are researching engineering blood vessels and heart valves. You can see how eventually regenerating facial skin tissue, or any body part for that matter is feasible.
Again, the article that is linked with this Tweet discusses the potential ability to grow new tissue, either cosmetically or for health issues such as damaged organs.
— PlasticSurgeryASPS (@ASPS_News) August 21, 2016
This is fascinating technology, but also somewhat controversial. It will be interesting to watch how it unfolds for the sake of our health as well as the cosmetic benefits. I wouldn’t mind looking 25 again, but at what cost…