Occasionally maligned and frequently misunderstood, stem cells are a cutting-edge and minimally invasive way to use your body’s own resources to better your health.
The many positive possibilities involving stem cell therapy’s role in physical health and appearance are only beginning to be explored, but already there are a number of ways to harness the anti-aging power of stem cells to recapture your youth and renew your health.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are specialized cells that are undifferentiated, meaning they’re a sort of “blank slate” cell with the ability to develop into a large number of other cell types depending on how they’re used. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health likens stem cells to a “sort of internal repair system,” that can mimic and replenish existing, living cells and even become new cells with more specific functions.
While stem cells were once thought to exist on in embryonic tissue, they were discovered in liposuction fat more than a decade ago and have since been studied for use in everything from spinal cord injuries to hear repair. Stem cells used for stem cell rejuvenation treatments are isolated from human fat, usually your own, then reintroduced to your body in a way that maximizes their efficiency.
How Does it Work?
While stem cells have a number of possible uses in the realm of medical aesthetics, one of the most impactful applications is facial rejuvenation.
Your stem cell facial rejuvenation treatments begin with the harvesting of the stem cells, retrieved via a small needle, which are then combined with your own harvested fat to make a filler. The advantage of this combination is that the stem cells are basically tiny recruiters, attracting a constant supply of bloody rife with a steady stream of nutrients that will help your graft not only survive but thrive. Your filler is artfully placed underneath the skin, replicating the fullness of youth without resorting to synthetic compounds, implants, or chemicals that your body could react to or reject altogether.
Another application is the use of stem cells to mimic the effects of a far more invasive traditional facelift with little of the associated pain, cost, or risk. When the age-induced loss of muscle tone and skin wrinkling becomes problematic, we can inject fat cells enriched with your stem cells into the areas around the eyebrows, cheeks, and jaw line to recreate the effects of a facelift using a far more approachable technique.
The entire treatment takes an average of 3-4 hours, from the initial retrieval of the fat to completion of the procedure.
What Effects Can I Expect?
Patients who have undergone stem cell facial rejuvenation treatments often report a more vibrant, youthful appearance without the loss of self. In other words, they look like the best version of themselves instead of a new, unrecognizable visage as can occur with other more invasive procedures. Why does stem cell rejuvenation have such a positive effect with so little intrusion? It’s simple. Instead of altering your face’s lines or bone structure by introducing foreign materials or hard, plastic implants, we’re using your body’s own cells and fat to emphasize your own appearance and recapture the soft, rounded contours of youth.
In short, stem cell facial rejuvenation is a way to unlock your body’s own potential, harnessing the power of your own chemistry to turn back the hands of time.