As we age, our skin sags, loses its glow, and changes texture. We all wish for the skin we had when we were children. While traditional facelifts are effective, they are also costly, require actual surgery and sometimes produce results that don’t look natural. A non-invasive natural looking alternate is the stem cell facelift. It uses the body’s own stem cells and fat stores to rejuvenate skin.
The stem cell facelift requires no surgery but liposuction or fat collection is done to harvest the patient’s fat to be used in the treatment. Fat is taken from the patients own abdomen and is spun in a centrifuge so the fat separates from the remaining material. The fat is then injected to the patient’s face in the areas where they would like to see improvement like around the eyes and forehead. Collagen and the injected fat fill in hollow spaces under the eyes and cheeks to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Stem cells, which are blank cells that occur throughout our body, take over in their new environment and create new blood vessels and enhance healing where the fat was deposited.
Recovery takes a few days as swelling occurs where the fat was injected and the skin resembles a sun burn. After about a week the skin surface starts to recover and healthy, vibrant skin makes an appearance. Skin will continue to improve over the next several months as the newly injected stem cells take over.
Check with cosmetic surgeons in your area to see if they offer on-invasive stem cell facelifts and fat transfers. It is possible to turn back the clock with your own stem cells and a little help.
Posted on behalf of:
Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue, Suite 1BE
New York, NY 10065