Aging is a natural process, and it is unavoidable. However, with the right type of treatment, now it is possible to postpone it and even reverse it. Surely, you must have heard about stem cell therapies and how it is used as an alternative treatment for many ailments. Well, now stem cell therapy is even used as an anti-aging treatment, and the best part is – it is a non-surgical treatment. Even though the treatment is still being researched, the results so far are promising.
If you are considering the treatment, or are just curious about how it works, here you will get to know everything about the anti-aging treatment using stem cells. So, let’s learn about stem cell anti-aging treatment discoveries in 2023.
Stem cell therapy regenerates existing cells
In the therapy, youthful human cells are introduced to the body and as a result, the existing cells start regenerating. This will not stop the aging process, but will ensure it is prolonged, and you age more gracefully.
The thing is, with time, our cells get sick and die. These dead cells create a series of events causing sagging and inflammation on the skin.
When new cells are introduced, these damaged and dead cells are given new life, and the aging process is delayed.
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There are more ways in which stem cell therapy can delay aging, some of them are:
· It enhances the repair mechanism of our body
Stem cells stimulate the production and growth rate of existing cells by working with signaling molecules. This will help in the generation of healthy tissues, and thus delay the beginning of age-related changes.
· Modifies the immune system
Stem cells are known to have immune-modulatory effects. this means it helps the body in maintaining a healthy immune system, thereby avoiding the onset of age-related immune conditions.
· Reduces the rate of inflammation in the body
Some studies have concluded that stem cells have anti-inflammatory effects. This reduces the inflammation associated with aging.
· Protects against oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is a process that tires our cells and thus plays a major role in aging. Some studies suggest stem cells protect against this oxidative stress.
All these effects of stem cell therapy sound very promising, but sometimes it makes us wonder what exactly are stem cells. Well, they are unspecialized cells taken from our blood. They are treated and thus have regenerative properties. When they are injected into our body again, they encourage the production of new blood vessels and nerves. Also, they repair the damage to existing tissues.
Considering the aging signs you might have, stem cells are used to give targeted treatments. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that the treatment is still undergoing clinical research, and thus is not approved by FDA as of now.
Benefits of Stem Cell Treatment:
- Non-invasive procedure
- Short recovery period
- No hospitalization required
- Donor stem cells are typically not required
- Less expensive compared to surgical treatments for anti-aging
- Long-lasting results
Risks associated with Anti-Aging Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy for anti-aging is a non-invasive procedure. Stem cells are either harvested from the patient themselves, or they come from another person (a donor). However, since mostly the cells are harvested from the patient, all the risks of experiencing an immune reaction are eliminated. This means there are rarely any chances of any complications.
Then again, how safely the procedure is carried out depends on the sanitization of the clinic you are in.
Some risks may include
- Development of infection at the injection site
- Bleeding from the injection site
- Immune reaction (in case donor stem cells are used)
What to expect post-treatment?
The therapy requires negligible recovery time. You will be asked to avoid driving immediately after the procedure. Nevertheless, you can resume your routine activities very soon.
Furthermore, you can expect to see the results within 2 days to 6 months. The procedure has been very effective and the success rate is quite high.
In addition, as the therapy reverses signs of aging, you can expect the following improvements as well:
- Better and young-looking skin
- Increased strength
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Better hair quality
- Improved immunity
- Increase in the capacity of performing physical activities
- Enhanced libido
Lastly, if you are wondering whether you would qualify for the treatment or not, be relaxed as it has a very wide eligibility criterion. However, if you are planning to go for stem cell therapy, it will be better if you do so while your aging symptoms are mild. You might not get the same results if your symptoms are very severe.