Stem Cell FAQ

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative Medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves.

A stem cellis basically any cell that can replicate and differentiate. This means the cell can not only multiply, it can turn into different types of tissues. There are different kinds of stem cells. Most people are familiar with or have heard the term “embryonic stem cell.” These are cells from the embryonic stage that have yet to differentiate – as such, they can change into any body part at all. These are then called “pluri-potential” cells.
Another kind of stem cell is the “adult stem cell.” This is a stem cell that already resides in one’s body within different tissues. In recent times, much work has been done isolating bone-marrow derived stem cells. These are also known as “mesenchymal stem cells” because they come from the mesodermal section of your body. They can differentiate into bone and cartilage, and probably all other mesodermal elements, such as fat, connective tissue, blood vessels, muscle and nerve tissue. Fat is loaded with mesenchymal stem cells. In fact, it has hundreds if not thousands of times more stem cells compared to bone marrow. Because most people have adequate fat supplies and the numbers of stem cells are so great, there is no need to culture the cells over a period of days and they can be used right away

"The anti ageing vaccine"

Adult (NonEmbryonic) Mesenchymal Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to replace dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue. These special cells seek out areas of injury, disease and destruction where they are capable of regenerating healthy cells and enabling a person’s natural healing processes to be accelerated. As we gain a deeper understanding of their medical function and apply this knowledge, we are realizing their enormous therapeutic potential to help the body heal itself. Once these adipose derived stem cells are administered in to the patient, they have the potential to repair human tissue by forming new cells of mesenchymal origin, such as cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerve, fat, muscle, blood vessels, certain internal organs , skin and hair. Many reputable international centers have been using stem cell therapy to treat various chronic degenerative conditions as diverse as severe neurologic diseases, renal failure, erectile dysfunction, degenerative orthopedic problems, & even cardiac and pulmonary diseases to name a few.

How do adult stem cells heal?

These adult stem cells are known as “progenitor” cells. This means they remain dormant (do nothing) unless they witness some level of tissue injury. It’s the tissue injury that turns them on. So, when a person has a degenerative type problem, the stem cells tend to go to that area of need and stimulate the healing process. We’re still not sure if they simply change into the type of injured tissue needed for repair or if they send out signals that induces the repair by some other mechanism. Suffice it to say that there are multiple models & plethora of human evidence that indicates these are significant reparative cells.

Is our procedure FDA approved?

Body Science Stem CellTherapy procedures fall under the category of physician’s practice of medicine, wherein the physician and patient are free to consider their chosen course of treatment. The FDA does have guidelines about treatment and manipulation of a patient’s own tissues. At Body Science we meet these guidelines by providing same day treatment with donor cells that undergo extensive evaluation and screening.

Does Body Science use any embryonic stem cells?

No. Only adult mesenchymal stem cells are used. These cells are capable of forming bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, ligaments, blood vessels, and certain organs. Embryonic stem cells are associated with ethical considerations and limitations.

What types of specialties are represented at Body Science?

At Body Science we concentrate on Anti ageing medicine. To preserve youth and initiate healing before significant damage has occured. We practice Bioglow therapies with L-Glutathione to safe guard the cells from toxic radical damage and IV or topical stemcell therapy to initate healing of the damaged tissues, skin or hair , thereby delaying the ageing process.

Why do patients request stem cell treatment?

Many have been told that they require surgery or other risky treatments for their ailments and are looking for non-invasive options. Some have heard about the compelling testimonials about stem cells in the literature and on various websites. Many have read about the results of stem cell treatments in animal models and in humans. Body Science gives a choice to those informed patients who seek modern regenerative therapy but desire convenience, quality and affordability. Body Science fills a need for those patients who have been told that they have to travel to different countries and pay as much as twenty to one hundred thousand dollars for stem cell treatments off shore.

Once a candidate is selected for treatment, how does Body Science obtain a person’s stem cells?

Stem cells are harvested and deployed during the same procedure. Donor fat cells from carefully selected and screened liposuction procedures is harvested. Cross matching with the patients blood for antigen sensitivity is done. Cells are then processed and are ready for deployment within 90 minutes or less.

How is Stem Cell Therapy done?

Stem cells injected intravenously are known to “seek out and find” (see photo) areas of tissue damage and migrate to that location thus potentially providing regenerative healing. Local inoculation is also employed to reduce and delay skin ageing and hair regrowth. Note yellow arrow showing the stem cells concentrated in the patient’s hand where he had a Dupytren’s contracture (Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity that causes the tissue beneath the surface of the hand to thicken and contract).

Are any biological agents added to the stem cells such as medications or mixtures containing Plasma Enriched Platelets?

Our adipose derived stem cell harvesting and isolation technique yields extremely high numbers of stem cells. In reviewing outcomes data, treatment cell numbers appear to correlate with treatment success. Some types of skin and hair regeneration appear to respond better to stem cells that are super enriched with growth factors created by administering Platelet Rich Plasma to the patient. Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma is derived from a patient’s own blood drawn at the time of deployment. At Body Science we do not add any foreign substances or medications to the stem cells.

How long does it take to see improvement?

Stem cell therapy relies on the body’s own regenerative healing to occur. The regenerative process may take time, particularly with hair loss individuals, who may not see results for 3 to 6 months. In some diseases, more immediate responses are possible.

Are any patients automatically excluded?

Yes. Patients with uncontrolled cancer are excluded. If you have an active infection anywhere in your body you must be treated first. Severely ill patients may require special consideration. Also, anyone with a bleeding disorder or who takes blood thinning medications requires special evaluation before consideration for stem cells.

How does Body Science control sterility in the processing of the stem cells?

Stem cells are harvested under sterile conditions using a special “closed system” technology so that the cells never come into contact with the environment throughout the entire process from removal to deployment. Sterile technique and antibiotics are also used to prevent infection.

Are Donor Stem cell safe?

Adult human Mesenchymal have elicited great clinical interest in the form of allogenic or ‘off-the-shelf ’ products and ‘universal donor cells’, particularly in regenerative medicine and for induction of tolerance in allogenic transplantation. Mesenchymal stem cells have the following characteristics which make them more clinically viable :
  • No risk of rejection – Used across HLA barrier
  • No risk of teratoma formation
  • Genetic stability
  • No ethical issues
  • Immune privileged – potential exists for allogenic use
  • Easy to isolate
  • High expansion potential
  • Reproducible characteristics.
  • Potential to enhance repair
  • Hair Re-growth for Androgenetic & other causes of Alopecia
  • Superior skin rejuvenation for ageing skin & scars
  • Potential anti-ageing benefits after intravenous administration

Are there reports of autologous adipose derived adult mesenchymal stem cells harming any humans or animals?

We know of no documented cases personally or in the literature where serious harm has resulted. All of our patients will be entered into a database to follow and report any adverse reactions. This information is vital to the development of stem cell science. The International Stem Cell Society registry has over 1,000 cases currently registered and only 2% of the treatments were associated with any complications, none of which were considered “serious adverse events.”

What does the cost of procedure include?

Because of recent innovations in technology, Body Science is able to provide outpatient stem cell treatment at a fraction of the cost of that seen in many overseas clinics. The fee covers fat cell harvesting, cell preparation, and stem cell deployment which may include the use of advanced interventional radiology and fluoroscopy techniques. Cost may vary depening on the number of stem cells that are required. Rs 6500 onwards.

How many injections are required for success?

Skin Regeneration – would require one or more sessions at intervals of 4- 6 months depending on the improvement.
Hair enhancement – involves one or more sessions at intervals of three months based on patient response.
Body Rejuvenatation for healthy individuals - As an anti-ageing vaccine a bolus of 25 million to 150 million adipose stem cells are injected intravenously to target initial damage and initiate repair of the damaged organ and delay the ageing process. This procedure can be considered once a year.