Frequently Asked Questions
The Nuacell FAQ will answer many of the common questions about regenerative medicine and the therapies performed at the clinic.
Are these 'stem cell' treatments?
No. The use of the word “stem cell” has legal, ethical and scientific implications. “Stem cell” refers to a differentiated and isolated cell that can be defined as a specific cell type (a stem cell that can become any other type of cell). This can only be identified in a highly controlled scientific laboratory environment with strong microscopes. Since this is impossible to execute in the practical theatre or clinic environment, the preparations and cellular suspensions we produce from human tissue and blood in regenerative clinics contain various types of stem cells and other associated factors, which are all unidentified. The exact number of stem cells, their differentiation, and the specific type are unknown to us before injecting the suspension. Furthermore, in this suspension there are also other important stem-cell-related cells, progenitor cells, leukotrienes, growth factors and so forth, all of which are important to initiate, activate, accelerate and sustain the development of the stem cell on its way to differentiate into new tissue. Again, we do not know what, how many or what level of differentiation the stem cells are at exactly. And since we can’t comply with this definition of ‘stem cells’ in a practical or clinical environment, the treatment indicated by this definition [the word “stem cell treatment”] is scientifically incorrect and might be perceived to be misleading. It is however, correct to refer to these treatments as Stem-Cell-Based or Regenerative Medicine Treatments.
Are there stem cells in the treatment? Yes, stem cells might be a significant characteristic part of the suspension prepared, but the suspension should not be called a ‘stem cell treatment’ as many other important elements co-exist with the stem cells.
Are these stem-cell-based regenerative treatments?
Yes. At NuaCell we comply with the EU and accepted International standards to provide these treatments. The autologous (tissue or blood collected from the same individual for treatment in this person) suspension prepared in our Clinic by our qualified doctor contains elements, including stem cells, that are undefined and unspecified and unspecialised, progenitor cells, growth factors, leukotrienes, cytokines and prostaglandins, amongst other things.
How long before I see results?
This depends entirely on the individual, general health, and on the type of treatment. Typically, musculoskeletal and sports injuries can respond relatively quickly, with some seeing results in a matter of weeks and months depending on the injury. Chronic conditions, ageing related concerns and aesthetic issues such as hair loss can take longer to show visual results, as you are managing an ongoing chronic concern, and it takes time for the new tissue to grow.
Are the treatments painful?
Some treatments, such as carboxytherapy, can be painless in the superficial treatments, and more uncomfortable for deeper treatments. Most treatments will carry some level of discomfort as they must be introduced into the body via injection, however for most procedures at NuaCell, you will be offered a light sedative, local anaesthetics, or a combination of these, to ensure that your experience is painless.
How much do the treatments cost?
Treatment cost depends on the type of treatment, condition being treated, number of treatments required, adjunctive treatments included in the plan and so on. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation with the doctor, and will depend on the specific treatment plan designed for you. Individual treatment costs can range from about €60 per treatment up to €2000. There are no hidden costs, each facet of the costing is explained fully before you decide to proceed with any procedure.
Where are the treatments done?
All treatments are currently performed in specialised theatres in the clinic in Malahide, Co.Dublin.
How do I get started?
There are a few options for new clients beginning their regenerative medicine journey. You can simply contact the clinic via phone (01 8061881 ) or email ([email protected]) and we would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. To learn about your specific condition, develop a treatment plan or go ahead with a treatment, you can book your consultation and treatment via phone, or request a call back and we will contact you to arrange this.
Who can provide these types of treatments?
Very few facilities are providing these treatments in the EU, and these are strictly regulated and specially licensed under strict control of local government and EU Parliament regulations.
These treatments are regulated under the European Standard: EN 16844:2017 – Aesthetic medicine services – Non-surgical medical treatments approved on 27 February 2017. Only a qualified Medical Doctor registered with a Medical Regulatory Council with special and specific academic qualification and experience in Regenerative Medicine can perform these treatments. A qualified Nurse Practitioner with a specific qualification in Aesthetic Medicine may also perform these, but only under direct supervision of a doctor qualified in Regenerative Medicine in the clinic. In NuaCell our doctor performs all invasive stem-cell-based and regenerative treatments personally.
Who should not perform these types of treatments?
It is illegal for any doctor who did not complete specialist training or completed an academic qualification in Aesthetic or Regenerative Medicine, nurse practitioner, beautician or health care worker to provide these treatments according to the guidelines under the European Standard: EN 16844:2017 – Aesthetic medicine services – Non-surgical medical treatments approved on 27 February 2017. Autologous tissue and blood is living human tissue and the use or transfer of this belongs in the hands of a highly trained, qualified and skilled doctor.
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