I heard on the radio this morning that it's rumoured that Victoria Beckham is using a "new" treatment including sheep placenta.
The 38-year-old is a regular at Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer, who uses the treatment said to work because of the power of the beneficial sheep’s stem cells to regenerate skin cells.
Dr Lancer, whose offices are on world famous Rodeo Drive, ensures his sheep placentas come from prime New Zealand stock for the £320-a-time treatment.
He said: “These sheep are completely untouched by the modern world.
“It is very important as they have no impurities in their system whatsoever. The stem cells we harvest are amniotic cells which means no harm is caused to the animals.
Indeed on a quick research, this is not an entirely new treatment. Here's an article from the Daily Mail from a year ago on this very subject.
Aesthetic surgeon Dr Roberto Viel uses the placentas for his Actistem treatment, which costs £600, takes 30 minutes and lasts for up to five months. He says Actistem works by stimulating your own collagen production from within by infusing your skin with a particular protein contained in the placenta. They are packed with stem cells, which replenish and rebuild other cells, and fibroblasts which build up collagen and elastin to make the skin firmer.
Now, to me this seems like dodgy science, and unproven, and what articles I found in a search say things about stem cells in the placenta interfering with free radicals which sounds a bit like woo to me.
So what I want to know, its there any proper evidence that such treatments work? Or any studies at all as to their efficacy?