Warning to those considering unproven stem cell treatments - stem cell facelift caused bone growth

08 January 2013
The report in the December 2012 edition of Scientific American illustrates clearly that just because a stem cell therapy utilizes a patient's own cells, it does not mean the treatment is without serious risk.  

Most stem cell treatments are experimental, and they should be fully evaluated for safety and efficacy before human use.  

In this case, the patient's transplanted cells turned into bone in the tissue surrounding the eye, causing pain and loss of mobility, and necessitating surgery to remove the graft.

 Unfortunately, here in Australiaand elsewhere, stem cell treatments that utilize a patient's own cells are not always subject to the rigorous regulatory assessments that most new forms of medical intervention normally undergo.  

Patients should be wary of stem cell clinics offering such expensive and unproven treatments, which in addition to wasting time and money on therapy that does not work, may also pose risk of dangerous side effects.

More information:
Jabr F (2012) In the flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics Scientific American

Media coverage:
Stem cell facelift caused bone growth Herald Sun 8 January 2013