An approach to help people look younger may be leading to treatments for more serious conditions, such as the autoimmune diseases multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Grouped under “regenerative medicine,” these non-invasive procedures rebuild from within the cells, chemicals and hormones that the body has begun to lose due to normal aging. Until recently, regenerative medicine has largely addressed skin issues.

“Once we reach a certain age, our bodies begin to lose the full extent of various functions we enjoyed during youth,” explains Cynthia Elliott, a doctor and board-certified owner of Skinspirations in Clearwater, FL. “From an esthetic point of view, the skin loses its radiance, and we start seeing wrinkles. From a medical viewpoint, we begin suffering from arthritis, diabetes or other debilitating diseases.” Elliott is optimistic about the potential for relieving pain from these ailments, and she says she finds these advances very motivating.

“My main goal is to help my clients live healthier and happier lives,” she adds. “That’s where regenerative medicine has been an influential and innovative force within my practice. Not only can we now help people to look the way they want, but we also can improve their overall health and quality of life.”