What is an Anti Age Stem Cell Facelift?
An anti age stem cell facelift is a total facial rejuvenation treatment that does not involve surgery or injections of toxins.
The procedure avoids any incisions or scars and helps in the lifting of the skin. The main purpose of the treatment is threefold :
1. To restore the youthful contours, firmness and shape of the face.
2. To improve the skin quality and color irregularities caused by both the aging process and exposure to environmental factors such as the sun and pollution.
3. To avoid the need for other maintenance procedures like botulinum toxin and cosmetic filler injections.
The procedure is based on the regenerative capacity of cells called ADULT STEM CELLS.
There are over a hundred trillion cells in the human body. Adult stem cells are cells found throughout the body after development, that multiply by cell division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue. Unlike embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells in research and therapy is not considered to be controversial, as they are obtained from adult tissue samples rather than human embryos.
Adult stem cells are found in many different tissues within the human body and can be harvested, without harming the individual or causing pain.
Stem cells are then isolated and transplanted either with or without fat, blood or fillers into other parts of the body with virtually no allergic reaction since the patient’s own stem cells are used.
Stem cells grow and survive in these new transplanted sites and help form
How does a stem cell facelift procedure using a fat transplant work?
The stem cell procedure is performed under local tumescent anesthesia. After injection of the tumescent solution to the desired areas (lower abdomen, inner thighs, etc.), a fat sample or lipoaspirate (liposuction) is used to gather the required cells.
During the procedure and after removing a desired amount of fat lipoaspirate (adipose), the fat is then processed like a regular stem cell procedure.
It is important to point out that at this stage the stem cells need to be separated out from the fat stromal compartment, otherwise the stem cells remain locked-in with the fat. If the fat is transplanted without the stem cells having been extracted and isolated, the procedure is a simple fat transfer and not a true stem cell facelift and will not produce the same effects.
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.
How does a stem cell facelift procedure using a blood transplant work?
The doctor, nurse or medical assistant takes your blood in the way you would normally give blood for a lab test. The blood is processed so the platelets (cells which stimulate collagen for healing) are separated from the other main components of the blood (this is called “platelet rich plasma” or “PRP”)
The platelets are processed and made into a platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) which becomes a gel. This gel can be made using the Selphyl or Regenlab product amongst others. This gel contains growth factors which activate your own stem cells to the area to create new skin. Since PRFM is like a gel, it has similarities to other fillers, and can be used to sculpt the face.
After first numbing, the PRFM or fibroblast is injected into the wrinkles and age lines in the face, where they will ideally mature and begin producing fresh collagen, ultimately plumping and smoothing the areas.
The living cells can produce long lasting improvements, not only in facial lines, but also skin quality. Temporary side effects can include bruising and redness, but since the cells are harvested from the patient, there is almost no risk allergic reaction.
Am I a candidate?
The stem cell facelift is an ideal procedure for patients who want a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation without the risks of facelift surgery. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you have early or moderate signs of facial aging. Typically, those involve soft tissue loss in the mid-face with mild to moderate wrinkling of the skin elsewhere. It is ideal for patients who have moderate facial aging and/or who have had previous facelifts and do not wish to undergo another surgical procedure. Patients who are good candidates will sometimes have deep nasolabial fold areas, or desire enhanced cheek bones, etc.
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.
Can a stem cell facelift procedure be combined with other procedures?
The ultimate objective of a true stem cell facelift procedure is to introduce stem cells into a target area so as to allow the patients own skin to regenerate itself over time. The skin builds new collagen and elastin which in turn reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
Unfortunately, in today’s cosmetic surgery industry, it is not uncommon for practitioners to - mix and match – all types of procedures so as to satisfy and attract new clients and increase sales.
Stem cell injections can be mixed in with fat, gels or blood to create fillers, which help produce immediate results. Stem cell facelifts are also used in conjunction with traditional cosmetic surgery procedures for total or partial facelifts.
Consumers must be skeptical of claims made.
Depending on your cosmetic surgeon, you may be offered a number of procedures, which vary in scope, quality and price. But a true anti age stem cell facelift is a very innovative and particular type of intervention whose goal is to produce new collagen and help the skin rejuvenate itself. Which is why the type and quality of the stem cells used are of the out most importance and will determine if the procedure will be successful or not. Many treatments are still considered to be at the exploratory stage so results are gradual and a patient should expect to see improvement only over time, which a lot of patients like, because they don’t abruptly change overnight.