The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released a joint statement regarding the use of stem cells in aesthetic surgery. Based on recommendations from a joint task force, the two organizations acknowledged the future potential of stem cell use in aesthetic surgery, however at this time, both concluded that scientific evidence and other data is too limited to accurately assess the safety or efficacy of stem cell therapies in aesthetic medicine.
The task force also advised that terms such as “stem cell therapy” and “stem cell procedure” should be limited to only treatments in which the collection, concentration, manipulation and therapeutic action of the stem cells is the primary goal, rather than the passive result. The statement also noted that marketing and promoting stem cell treatments is not currently supported by clinical evidence, stem cell therapies should be conducted as clinical trials under Institutional Review Board approval and they should be FDA-compliant. The task force urged all physicians performing stem cell therapies in aesthetic procedures to collect and report their findings to further the use of stem cell treatments in aesthetic medicine.
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