Wednesday, December 19, 2012

News: Woman Gets New Stem-Cell Wrinkle Treatment, Grows Extra Bones In Eyes

Ah yes, the obsession with youth goes horribly awry once again.

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." - Jurassic Park

From Scientific American via BoingBoing.

"The patient explained that she could not open her right eye without considerable pain and that every time she forced it open, she heard a strange click—a sharp sound, like a tiny castanet snapping shut. After examining her in person, Dr. Allan Wu could see that something was wrong: Her eyelid drooped stubbornly, and the area around her eye was somewhat swollen.

Six and a half hours of surgery later, he and his colleagues had dug out small chunks of bone from the woman's eyelid and tissue surrounding her eye, which was scratched but largely intact. The clicks she heard were the bone fragments grinding against one another.

About three months earlier the woman had opted for a relatively new kind of cosmetic procedure at a different

clinic in Beverly Hills—a face-lift that made use of her own adult stem cells. During the face-lift her clinicians had also injected some dermal filler, which plastic surgeons have safely used for more than 20 years to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The principal component of such fillers is calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral with which cell biologists encourage mesenchymal stem cells to turn into bone—a fact that escaped the woman's clinicians."

Full article here.


  1. Reading that made me cringe! Wrinkles sound a lot less painful.

  2. Screw it. I'll keep my damn wrinkles.

  3. I had some but I ironed them out. Hurt like a mother.



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