Stem Cell Facelift
What is a Stem Cell "Facelift"?
The stem cell facelift is a fast non-surgical procedure that combines hyaluronic acid fillers, (hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and name brands include Restylane and Juvederm) stem cells, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to provide a personalized and permanent rejuvenation treatment. The purpose of the stem cell lift is to regenerate the layers of the skin that have been damaged from environmental factors and normal aging to smooth out facial wrinkles, improve texture of the skin, provide facial volume correction, and rejuvenate the complexion by using the combination of growth factors in your own stem cells, PRP, and dermal fillers (which provide a matrix for the stem cells). Combining the stem cells with the platelets and other growth factors found in your blood will trigger new collagen production, resulting in tauter, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.
The stem cell facelift is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure that avoids any incisions and helps in the lifting of the skin itself. The main function is to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face. Another goal is to improve the skin quality and color irregularities caused by both the aging process and exposure to the sun and environment. Patients who have undergone this procedure frequently avoid or markedly reduce the need for other maintenance procedures like botulinum toxin and cosmetic filler injections.
The function of the procedure is based on the regenerative capacity of adult mesenchymal stem cells. Of the hundred trillion cells that make up the human body, stem cells are the most important category. They are among the few cells in the body that are specialized and have the potential to become a particular cell type and replace worn and damage cells. A large number of stem cells exist in around adipose or fat tissue in the stroma. When stem cells are isolated and then transplanted either with or without fat into parts of the body, studies have shown that they grow and survive in these new areas helping to form new tissue at the transplanted site. By using the regenerative properties of stem cells either alone or along with transplanted fat, a marked improvement of survival of these tissues occurs.
What makes the stem cell facelift unique and different from other fat transplant procedures is the fact that the autologous (from self) isolated stem cells can be placed into areas that have had transplanted fat, and/or autologous Growth Factors (PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma), and/or Hyaluronic acid. This can help the stem cells and adipose tissues survive and grow into the needed tissue to restore lost fat, enhancing the volume of the face, and skin elements which would improve both the quality and texture of the skin.
Is the Stem Cell Facelift right for me?
As we begin to age our skin and bodies slowly begin to change. Some of these changes include:
- Discoloration of the skin
- Thinning of the dermis and or loss of volume
- Shape becomes droopy and collapsed as collagen decreases
- Fine and course wrinkles begin to appear
- Skin elasticity decreases
- Skin texture changes and typically becomes less smooth
- Face begins to look worn, tired or droopy
With countless options available on the market, it can be difficult to pick what’s right for you. Cosmetic surgery may be an option, but for some it seems a little drastic and results can sometimes look “unnatural”. Using your own harvested adipose (fat) tissue and/or hyaluronic acid fillers combined with your stem cells and PRP from your own body, the youthful volume and appearance can be restored subtly and give you a refreshed, relaxed, and rested appearance, permanently (not withstanding the normal aging process).
How is this procedure different from a conventional fat-grafting or lipo-transfer?
Fat grafting or Lipo Transfer is the process of transferring the fat to an area, but the stem cells are “locked” inside the tissue stroma. Real Stem Cell Facelifts isolate the stem cells from the fat itself and then reintroduce the stem cells into the desired area.
What is the Recovery Time?
The vast majority of patients recover from the facelift procedure in anywhere from 3 to 10 days depending upon the severity of the aging process and the procedure tailored to that individual patient.
Swelling and drainage from the fat sample can continue for a few days.
Will I be satisfied with my results?
Our physicians will discuss your individual results, recovery time, and expectations at length during the initial consultation. The procedure has resulted in an extremely high level of patient satisfaction.