Are stem-cell treatments the future of anti-ageing in the Middle East?

Here’s everything we know about the retreats taking residence in the region
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Are stem-cell treatments the future of anti-ageing in the Middle East?

Controversial craze or miracle medicine? These are the questions on everyone’s lips when it comes to stem-cell regeneration treatments. The innovative procedures are gathering pace across the globe thanks to the minimally invasive treatments that appear to combat the anti-ageing process.

Grazia spoke to Dr Steven Victor – who is bringing ReGen Medical, the only accredited and DHA-approved stem-cell treatment retreat, to Dubai from New York – to learn more about how the treatment is related to beauty and rejuvenation. “There is a huge demand for this specific kind of beauty and aesthetics treatments in this region,” Dr Victor starts.

“How it works is fat is removed from the patient’s body and the stem cells are separated. The healthy cells are injected into the host’s body, which can make your hands and face look younger, instead of having a face-lift, Botox and fillers. In my opinion, this is the best alternative treatment to make yourself look and also, importantly, feel much younger and healthier.” 
He adds, “When using stem-cell treatments for beauty and rejuvenation, the success rate is 100 per cent. With beauty shots in the face you get immediate results. One treatment lasts from five to 10 years.” However, there are warnings against the use of stem-cell treatments. While patients can be happier, there’s little evidence to prove the injections actually make a difference, and some doctors caution against buying into the hype. Plus, we still don’t know what we’re doing, with regards to the long-term implications when we put stem cells back into people. 

Dr Victor argues, “There are no risks of negative side effects to your body as you are using all your own stem cells.” The doctor further recommends those who should have the beauty treatments – which take three to five hours to complete and cost between Dhs128,563 to Dhs165,296 – are over 30 years of age. Most commonly, it is women who are aged 40 and above who make use of the treatment. 
Stem-cell treatments can also be used for orthopaedics and neurology issues, especially as we age, as cells are introduced into the damaged tissue to treat the disorder or the injury. In terms of success rate, Dr Victor reveals for orthopaedics it is 90 per cent, and for neurology issues it is 80 per cent.  

If you are considering this type of treatment, Grazia recommends thorough research, as the long-term side effects of the therapy are still yet to be discovered.


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