UNDER YOUR SKIN
Regenerative therapy specialist and CEO/ Medical Director of Regen Medical, Dr. Steven Victor – aka “Dr. Look Good” – explains the innovative stem cell treatment he has brought to Dubai
Dr Steven Victor explains the magic effects of his innovative stem cell treatment
DR STEVEN VICTOR IS A self-described ‘mad scientist’ who just might have an answer to that ancient quest: how to look young forever. “Aging is not a disease,” he avers. “It’s a natural process – that we can reverse.” Indeed, his revolutionary stem cell-based regenerative treatment has won the admiration of hundreds of successfully treated patients the world over. “We’ve treated 700 patients so far, but it’s perfect,” he notes.
It all began with a revelation about fat. “In 2006, I was reading an article about a colleague of mine who had identified that stem cells are present in fat,” Dr Victor reveals. “Doctors like myself who did a lot of liposuction at that point were throwing away these valuable cells. I called [my colleague] up and said, ‘I’m a cosmetic dermatologist. Can these cells be used for anti-aging?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely.’”
This discovery sent Dr Victor to Athens, where he learned how to extract stem cells from the capillaries in fat. And how do they help with anti-aging? “These cells are in your capillaries when you’re born. They’re locked up and protected. So, they don’t age,” Dr Victor elaborates. “Once you take them out of the blood vessels, they activate and start secreting tissue growth actors that make your skin tighter, gives you new blood vessels, stops inflammation, and plumps up skin.”
Also, since every patient is treated using their own cells, many dangers are avoided due to the process. “I can’t be allergic to myself. Nothing can go wrong. It’s totally safe,” Dr Victor asserts.
After his stint in Athens, Dr Victor returned to his home base – New York City – with the new technology, but, blocked by FDA rules against working with enzymes, he had to figure out a completely new way to achieve the same goal. “So,” he continues, “I’m known to be a mad scientist. I invent a whole lot of products for various companies, so I decided that I was going to invent a way to make the stem cells from the fat without enzymes.”
And his he did: his technique involves using ultrasound to extract stem cells. The all-natural process involves using “water, saline, and sound waves, just to break up the cells”, Dr Victor notes. Once the “good cells” are extracted and tested, they are injected intravenously, directly into any wrinkles on the patient’s face, neck, chest and hands. The results of this treatment are almost instantaneous and no recovery time is needed. When Dr Victor introduced this new treatment, it was such a success that it started attracting a lot of patients from across the world, including high-profile celebrities. Many patients from the GCC advised him to offer his treatments in Dubai, as it was “the hub”. “We had a lot of experience in Dubai with our skincare brand and we agreed that Dubai was the perfect center,” Dr Victor says. After four years, he received DHA approval and has established a practice at the Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah. The appetite for his treatments here is such that he plans to build his own luxury wellness center in the future and also wants to expand his services to other star hospitals. And, while he has personally trained a team to carry out the treatments in Dubai, he will be making regular visits himself for the foreseeable future.
Although Dr Victor specializes in beauty/anti-aging stem cell treatments, his therapy works in other areas too: “In orthopedic problems, we’re 90% successful,” he reveals. “We’ve grown tendons back; we’ve grown cartilage. In the neurological world, we’re 80% successful. We think we can help patients who fail IVF to get pregnant with stem cells eventually too.”
Of course, keeping the results of the therapy takes some more work: “We’re big on wellness,” Dr Victor says. “I can make you look good, feel good, but, as you get older, it’s more work if you want to stay good. Lots of hydration, good food, exercise, not too much sun. Keep your body in really good shape. It’s about lifestyle. It’s about wellness – wellness is lifestyle.”