The Stem Cell Facelift
Throughout the years, plastic surgery has become a rather common occurrence that plays a role in our every day lives. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or ourselves, it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone who has gone under the knife to achieve the look they desire. With today’s advances in plastic surgery, it’s no wonder that more and more procedures are becoming minimally invasive and are able to achieve very similar results as their surgical counterparts, and facelifts are no exception. Still in it’s infancy, the stem cell facelift shows promise that may offer patients a new approach in the future.
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, offers his patients several different and uniquely tailored options for facelifts, both invasive and non-invasive.
What Is A Stem Cell Facelift?
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that the stem cell facelift technique is still being explored and there is still a lot of research that needs to be completed. In short, the stem cell facelift would work by harvesting a persons fat, extracting the stem cells, and injecting them into the face where needed. In theory, the stem cells will rebuild damaged tissue and help the patient achieve a younger and healthier look without surgery.
Though the idea of a stem cell face lift sounds very appealing to almost anyone who reads about it, it is still very much in the early stages of development. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “Stem cells in aesthetic surgery are promising, but marketing claims are too far ahead of the science.”
According to stem cell biologists, there are many more years of research ahead before anyone will undergo a stem cell facelift. Though stem cells provide exciting promise for nearly everyone in the medical field, the idea behind a stem cell facelift has a few kinks to workout. For starters, merely extracting a patient’s fat and then inserting it back into the facial area will not have any results, as this is just processed fat. It’s necessary for stem cells to be “coached” into turning into other types of cells, and that is something that they will not do automatically by injection.
Even if stem cell facelifts may be in the distant future, they could very well be a possibility some day. In fact, the idea of stem cell facelifts have opened the door to many other unique stem cell related treatments. Facial plastic surgeons see other promising uses, including the ability to replace burns and scars by regenerating the
Contact A Facial Plastic Surgeon Today
Though the stem cell facelift is still in its infancy, there are plenty of other options offered by Dr. Azizzadeh at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery that can meet a patients needs. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Azizzadeh about a treatment plan that might work well for your goals, please contact him by calling (310) 657-2203. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face. To learn more about facelifts, please contact us today.