The Stem Cell/Fat Transfer facelift is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure that is minimally invasive. The procedure avoids many incisions and helps in the lifting of the skin itself. The main function is to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face. Another goal is to improve the skin quality and color irregularities caused by both the aging process and exposure to the sun and environment. Patients who have undergone this procedure frequently avoid or markedly reduce the need for other maintenance procedures like botulinum toxin and cosmetic filler injections.
The function of the procedure is based on the regenerative capacity of a group of cells called ADULT STEM CELLS and FAT CELLS. Of the hundred trillion cells that make up the human body, stem cells are important. They are among the few cells in the body that are specialized and have the potential to become a particular cell type and replace worn and damage cells.
A large number of stem cells exist in and around adipose or fat tissue in the stroma. When fat is harvested, stem cells are transplanted with fat into parts of the body. Studies have shown that they grow and survive in these new areas helping to form new tissue at the transplanted site. By using the regenerative properties of stem cells either alone or along with transplanted fat, a marked improvement of survival of these tissues occurs.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?
The Stem Cell/Fat Transfer 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 and Stem Cells are then processed.
Dr. Berman uses professional lifting and filling techniques to make an aesthetic, pleasant look without looking "overdone". Besides using the stem cells and relying on their regenerative potential, one reason we get such good results is that Dr. Berman is truly artistic. Dr. Berman may choose to perform a laser-assisted or chemical resurfacing of the skin to accomplish both the removal of the fine lines and skin damage present as well as to stimulate the underlying tissues through the specific chemical or wavelength utilized.
Some patients may have fat sculpted out of specific areas of the face, particularly in the jowl area and jawline area. Therefore, depending upon the patient's specific aging features, the fat is both transplanted in certain areas and removed in others while the skin is tightened throughout the whole facial surfaces.
Over the decades, multiple procedures have been presented for rejuvenation of the face, most of them stressing the need for extensive surgery in the form of a facelift. In the last 10 years, use of soft tissue fillers has become a very popular avenue for temporary rejuvenation, or at least for creating the illusion of a younger, more rested, facial appearance.
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