Cell therapy involves transplanting cells from either your own body or a donor to rejuvenate the skin on the face or body and to repair skin damage. The transplanted cells encourage collagen production to restore the skin’s structure. The specialized cells in the skin responsible for forming collagen are called fibroblasts, so these are the specific cells which are harvested in a laboratory and injected or sprayed into the damaged area to boost collagen production. The technique also encourages the skin to heal, so it is popular for treating scarred, burned or wounded skin.
The ideal candidate for cell therapy will have realistic expectations about what can be achieved and be generally fit and healthy. Cell therapy is particularly useful if you have got scarred or damaged skin.
You may be a suitable candidate if you have any of the following:
- Burns or scalds
- Wounds from accidents/surgery
- Sun damage
- Premature ageing
It is important to have a careful discussion with your practitioner before cell therapy treatment so that you can outline your goals and see whether this treatment can deliver the results that you want. It may be that dermal fillers could be a more effective solution.
Following a cell therapy treatment, the skin may be a little red and sore but there should be little bruising or swelling. After treatment, the treated area will heal and change over a period of weeks and months, with skin tone and texture improving over several months as the new cells grow. You should be able to return to your normal activities the day following treatment.
Cell therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that usually involves injecting new skin cells into ageing areas to even skin tone, plump and smooth the skin.
While the skin may be a little red, itchy and sore following treatment, cell therapy comes with few serious side effects. Rare risks and complications include reactions to the anesthetic, post-surgical infections (requiring antibiotics to treat) and possible swelling, bruising or skin discoloration that may last for several days.