Stem Cell Facelift

stem Cell Facelift 
A stem cell facelift is a non-surgical procedure to replace volume in skin that has sagged due to the aging process.  This revolutionary facelift is touted by many plastic surgeons as the FUTURE of cosmetic surgery.

It involves taking fat from a person’s body and manipulating it to harvest the stem cells, producing a concentrated form of fat. This super-charged fat is then injected into areas of the face that need volume and lift. The theory is that the injected stem cells are accepted by the person’s own body which then prompts it to grow new fat cells, much like an organ transplantation.

A stem cell facelift is appropriate for people who have moderate facial aging and who want to preserve or rejuvenate their looks.  Because no excess skin is removed, there are no surgical incisions involved. It is performed under local anesthesia and may take as little as an hour to perform.  It costs anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.

Pros of stem cell facelifts:

— No surgical incisions are involved.

— Fat to be grafted is harvested through a procedure similar to liposuction.

— The procedure lasts about five years. It plumps and tightens facial skin and stops neck skin from sagging. Some of the transplanted fat will be absorbed back into the body but about 50% of it will stay where it’s been transplanted.

— Because the patient’s own body fat is used, there’s no problem with rejection or allergic reactions. Most people have enough fat on their bodies to provide the fat for a stem cell facelift. Choosing a surgeon wisely increases a patient’s chances of being satisfied with their procedure.

— Unlike synthetic dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, etc., which lasts 6 to nine months, using a person’s own stem cells to replace volume will last much longer, if not permanent.

— Stem cell facelifts can even out facial color differences caused by the sun or by age.The procedure is short, uses local anesthesia, does not necessitate a visit to the hospital and is pain free.


 

Cons of stem cell facelifts:

— It should be noted that fat grafting to the face, without harvesting the stem cells, has been done for many years and costs much less than a stem cell facelift.

— There is no standard procedure among surgeons for the removal and processing of fat prior to the fat graft, again making the choice of a surgeon very important.

— As with a fat transfer procedure, a stem cell facelift may cause lumps, bumps, swelling, bruising, asymmetry, infection, or a very small change in the patient’s looks if the fat is absorbed back quickly into the body.

— A fat cell embolism is an extremely rare but dangerous complication. This is the result of some of the fat that’s injected into the face making its way into the patient’s bloodstream. Again, choosing a surgeon wisely can minimize the likelihood of the occurrence of this rare complication.

— The ASAPS, or American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the ASPS, or American Society for Plastic Surgeons, is recommending that consumers put off stem cell facelifts until more research has been done to ensure its success and safety. 

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