Many men and women that undergo facelift surgery don’t achieve their ideal results right away because the skin does not heal evenly, or the skin tissues lose their natural contour and resilience.
Extensive surgical procedures, including facelift surgery, breast augmentation and tummy tucks often require post-procedure cosmetic enhancements, including body or facial sculpting and fillers to achieve the desired silhouette. Now, several plastic surgeons are turning to stem cells to achieve better results after just a single procedure.
Dr. Jeffrey Caruth of Plano Aesthetics in Dallas has developed a technique that uses the body’s own fat to recreate facial and body tissues. He uses fat from the buttocks and abdomen, for example, for breast augmentation procedures, facelifts, and even for enhancing the hands and feet.
The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be transferred, and typically takes between three to four hours. Dr. Caruth extracts excess body fat from the stomach, hips and thighs using traditional liposuction, and then uses special technology to extract the regenerative stem cells in the fat. The cells are preserved, and the rest of the fat cells undergo a purification and sterilization process. The doctor can then recombine the fat cells and stem cells, and prepares them in injectable form.
The stem cell injectable can be administered to any area of the body, and the body’s tissues adapt the cells within hours and days after treatment. When injected into the breast or facial tissues, the patient typically sees results within a few days after treatment, and progressive results within weeks after the procedure.
Overall, stem cell treatments promise to create a more natural look than implants, traditional tissue manipulation and hyaluronic or collagen fillers.