You may have heard about stem cells being used in fat transfer procedures; and now, stem cells are being used in facelifts to enhance results, provide volume, and transform skin’s tone and texture.
During the surgery, loose tissue and muscle are elevated to a more youthful position, and excess skin is removed. Then, fat is removed from the butt, stomach or thighs, and the stem cells from the fat are separated so a concentrated version can be injected into the face.
Fat grafting alone can sometimes be unreliable because of the unpredictable absorption rate and risk of irregular contours. The main advantage of placing stem cells in the face is that it further enhances the results of fat grafting or a facelift and markedly improves the skin.
The use of stem cells in facelifts is a new technique and long-term data needs to be collected to determine the outcome. This procedure is most commonly performed in Europe and Asia, because the device used for the procedure is not yet FDA-approved.
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