TAMPA BAY, Fla., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Regenerative medicine, a developing practice which maximizes the body's innate ability to restore vital functions, is an emerging technique in the realm of cosmetic procedures. But regenerative medicine is not only coveted for its growing reputation as a fountain of youth—technological advances have also been discovered that could possibly hold the key to alleviating certain chronic diseases. It is estimated that up to 128 million individuals might benefit from regenerative medicine therapy, or almost 1 in 3 individuals in the US (1). Dr. Cynthia Elliott, owner of nonsurgical cosmetic facility Skinspirations, says that regenerative medicine not only offers a less invasive and more natural approach to looking younger in comparison to fillers and surgical procedures, but is also forging a promising trail in healthcare in regards to its potential in treating diseases.
Regenerative medicine, defined by the Mayo Clinic as "a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair" (2), offers an answer to rebuilding the body's ebbing cells, chemicals and hormones from within. As the human body ages, it slowly uses up the finite supply of certain naturally occurring chemicals and hormones, which can cause a variety of symptoms associated with advancing age, such as sagging skin, crow's feet, loss of skin luminescence and many other negative effects on the body—all symptoms which can be slowed or even sometimes reversed with the help of regenerative therapies, per Dr. Elliott.
But the benefits of regenerative medicine are not only aesthetic in nature, according to Dr. Elliott; researchers with a mission to decrease the burden of human suffering on the planet, help patients and advance new knowledge are researching the field's strong potential for the treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases. The combined regenerative medicine field, including cell, gene and gene modified cell therapies, generated $4.7 billion through deals, acquisitions and public and private investments from March 2013 to March 2014 (3).
Dr. Elliott says that the growing field is not only indicative of the need for new technology that enables people to rely less on topical agents designed to help them look and feel younger, but is also a testament to the understood urgency of finding an effective alternative that takes advantage of the body's inherent ability to heal itself with regard to life-threatening illnesses.
"Once we reach a certain age, our bodies begin to lose the full extent of various functions we enjoyed during youth. From an aesthetical point of view, the skin loses its radiance and we start seeing wrinkles; but from a medical viewpoint, we begin suffering from arthritis, diabetes or other debilitating diseases," said Dr. Elliott.
Dr. Elliott added that in spite of her cosmetic-focused practice and the increasing demand for regenerative therapies, the real driving force behind her decision to offer regenerative techniques is the thought that she may be able help patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other illnesses to function without daily pain.
"My main goal is to help my clients live healthier and happier lives," stated Dr. Elliott. "And that's where regenerative medicine has been an influential and innovative force within my practice; not only can we now help people look the way they want to, but we can also improve their overall health and quality of life."
Dr. Elliott, a former emergency and trauma doctor, has performed more than 14,000 non-surgical facial contouring procedures using advanced injection techniques in her Tampa Bay cosmetic facility. With a practice devoted primarily to cosmetic and laser procedures, Dr. Elliott is sought out to perform Botox injections by the manufacturers' representatives themselves.
For more information about Skinspirations or to schedule a free consultation, visit www.skinspirations.com.
About Dr. Cynthia Elliott and Skinspirations:
Cynthia Elliott, M.D., is the board-certified owner of Skinspirations, located in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Elliott obtained her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and then completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has been on staff at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, University Community Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital, and has served on the faculty of the USF School of Medicine. Dr. Elliott currently serves as an expert witness in Cosmetic Medicine for the Florida Board of Medicine. Her company, ExpertEsthetics, provides online video training in advanced injection techniques, as well as hands-on technique training for other practitioners. Dr. Elliott is also a national and international trainer for Cutera Lasers, training other physicians in the use of aesthetic lasers with skin of all colors. Skinspirations specializes exclusively in rejuvenation, enhancement and anti-aging treatments for the face and body. With her staff of aesthetic experts, you know you'll get the best results obtainable. Dr. Elliott has been in practice for over 20 years, and has the experience and reputation to have been chosen by the makers of Botox® Cosmetic and Juvéderm to train other physicians and practitioners in her techniques. For more information, visit www.skinspirations.com.
1. "The Potential of Cord Blood Stem Cells for Use in Regenerative Medicine." Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2014. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17727322.
2. "About regenerative medicine." N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2014. mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/patient-care/about-regenerative-medicine.
3. "Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Releases Annual Industry Report Showcasing Impressive Sector Growth." Wall Street Journal, 29 Apr. 2014. Web. 05 May 2014. marketwatch.com/story/alliance-for-regenerative-medicine-releases-annual-industry-report-showcasing-impressive-sector-growth-2014-04-29.
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