Due to stress and aging, the face starts looking dull even before we reach the middle age. This is due to the fact that we lose the youthfulness of the skin. Sunken cheeks or dark circles around the eye make our face look deflated and weak. There are various popular facelift procedures which focus on rejuvenation of the face, involving extensive surgeries. If a face rejuvenation is on your mind, but you don’t want to go for a surgery, you can try the non-surgical procedure of a stem cell enhanced facelift.
What is a stem cell facelift?
Stem cells are capable of giving rise indefinitely to more cells of the same type and from which certain other kinds of cells arise by differentiation. These have the ability to replace the damaged or worn out cells. Stem cell facelift is a non-surgical procedure with the purpose of facial rejuvenation. This procedure enables the body to use its own tissue to replenish and rejuvenate the damaged areas. The goal of a stem cell facelift procedure is to retain the youthfulness of the face and improve the quality and tightness of the skin. Large amounts of these stem cells are found in fat tissues called adipose. When these stem cells are transplanted with the fat tissues into the face, the stem cells help in rebuilding the tissues in the transplanted area of the face. Thus this helps in regaining the volume on the face. It also helps in improving the survival of the new tissues. Stem cells are very useful in the growth of collagen, muscles and tissues, which is helpful in the process of facelift.
What is the procedure?
Stem cell facelift is a procedure wherein body fat which contains regenerative cells, including adult stem cells and growth factor secreting cells, is extracted from unwanted places of the body and are then injected into the deflated facial features as fillers to bring back the volume of the face. There is an abundance of fat stores in human body which is used in the process. The fat is extracted from either of the following: abdomen, thigh or flanks. After the suction of the fat, it is purified to ensure maximum amount of adult stem cells are in the fat. The surgeon also conducts a process called apheresis in which the blood is collected from the patient and is processed to create platelet rich plasma. This process takes around two and a half hours. The platelet rich plasma contains growth hormones. High content of growth hormones and high content of stem cells in the suctioned fat help to maximize the effectiveness of the process. This mixture is then transplanted to the affected area in the face. The growth factor in the adult stem cells helps to enhance the skin quality and to diminish wrinkles, and contributes in skin tightness. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
What is the recovery period?
The recovery period depends and varies with each patient’s aging process. On an average, most patients fully recover within 7-10 days. There is a possibility of mild swelling and redness of the skin in the first couple of days. In the next couple of days, the surface of the skin will shed leaving behind a light pink colour layer. After 10 days of the surgery, once fully recovered, the signs of the result can be seen with improvement in colour and skin quality. The volume and shape of the face return to normal within a month. After 12 months, as the improvement continues, the final result will be more visible.
Am I a candidate?
This is ideal for candidates who have moderate facial aging but look for a facial rejuvenation without undergoing a surgery. It is important for the patient to be in good health in order to undergo the procedure. Also, candidates who want to avoid the choices like botox and cosmetic filler injections, which they have used previously, can opt for the stem cell therapy.
Will there be a follow-up procedure?
It is recommended for patients to go for another follow-up growth factor injection just to help in stimulation of the transplanted cells. This could be done 4-5 months after the first procedure.