Stem Cell Fat Transfer Could Help Rejuvenate the Appearance

Stem Cells for Facial RejuvenationPlastic surgeons are experimenting with Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) therapy and stem cell fat transfer procedures for facial rejuvenation.

Fat transfer procedures continue to be one of the most effective treatments for restoring a youthful appearance because they use the body’s own fat cells to augment different areas. The fat is removed with a liposuction technique and then re-injected into the body.

Dr. Thomas Barnes, a cosmetic surgeon in Newport Beach has been working on the Venus Lift fat transfer technique where the fat is removed from an area and then added to blood platelets before re-injecting. This step helps to speed up the healing process and results in less swelling in the treatment area. Dr. Barnes says that this process also yields longer-lasting results.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy involves extracting blood from the patient. The blood is then separated in a centrifuge so that the plasma can be used as part of a treatment. The Venus Lift combines both the fat transfer technique and PRP to ensure natural-looking results and to speed up the healing time.

Studies about stem cell fat transfer therapy are still inconclusive but some experts think that stem cells have a higher survival rate than transferred fat because they adapt into the body’s tissues more quickly. Dr. Barnes has been performing fat transfers for over a decade, and has recently introduced the Venus Lift at his Newport Beach practice.

If you’ve been thinking about a nonsurgical facelift or need more information about fat transfer procedures, talk to a plastic surgeon in your area about your options.

Further Reading

  • Cosmetic surgeons that specialize in rhinoplasty and other aesthetic enhancement procedures often use specialized tools to ensure a more precise surgery. A recent study shows the benefits of an ultrasonic aspirator for rhinpolasty procedures.

  • Many cosmetic surgeons and medical spas offer hyaluronic acid gel-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm for filling out wrinkles and lines, and use them for the “liquid facelift” procedure. A new development announced at the American Society of Plastic Surgery annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting in September 2011 is a solid – not gel – hyaluronic acid filler that is instantly reversible. This filler may offer a more precise correction of wrinkles and lines than gel-based fillers, and is an exciting development in the field of minimally-invasive plastic and cosmetic surgery.

  • No matter how much your cosmetic surgeon or anti-aging doctor is pushing Botox and other treatments that fight the signs of aging, it may not be time to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Studies from the University of Toronto’s psychology department show that people who are turning to invasive anti-aging treatments such as Botox injections or facelift surgery could be doing more harm than good their mental health.