Plastic 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.