Stem Cell Facelift vs Fat Transfer

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 Every year, it seems a new buzz word appears on the cosmetic surgery scene.  For 2011, the buzz is all about “Stem Cell Facelifts.”  But are cosmetic stem cell procedures a true scientific breakthrough or simply a new name for an old technique?

What is a stem cell facelift?

A stem cell facelift refers to a procedure in which a plastic surgeon harvests fat from an area of the patient’s body, often in the lower abdominal or buttocks area, processes it and then reinjects it into the face to restore volume and ..More on Stem Cell Facelift vs Fat Transfer

Stem Cell Facelift vs Fat Grafting

stem cell vs fat grafting?
Every year, it seems a new buzz word appears on the cosmetic surgery scene.  There were “Brazilian Butt Lifts” in 2009 and “Mommy Makeovers” in 2010.  For 2011, the buzz is all about “Stem Cell Facelifts.”  But are cosmetic stem cell procedures a true scientific breakthrough or simply a new name for an old technique?

What is a stem cell facelift?

A stem cell facelift refers to a procedure in which a plastic surgeon harvests fat from an area of the patient’s body, often in the lower abdominal or buttocks area, processes it and then reinjects it into the face to restore volume and eliminate wrinkles.  But there is much debate in the cosmetic surgery industry as to the particular nomenclature of the procedure because it does not utilize a traditional “lift” and there is currently insufficient evidence that it utilizes stem cells.

Stem cells occur naturally and in abundance in human fat and many doctors believe that they hold the key to not only facial rejuvenation but also to a full-spectrum of medical uses such as heart muscle and knee cartilage regeneration.  But other physicians say that true stem cell procedures, where a patient’s adult cells are removed, processed in a lab producing stem cells, and then reinjected into the body is a potentially promising technology but that the studies proving that the stem cells are actually actively working and producing a more youthful appearance are lacking. [Read more…]