Stem Cell facelift is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation process that does not involve surgery at all. Stem Cell Face Lifting is one of the most cutting edge techniques in plastic surgery in the past 30 years. Over this time multiple facelifting procedures have been utilized for rejuvenation of the face, most of them stressing the need for extensive surgery. What plastic surgeons have come to realize over this time, is that the face ages not just because of drooping but also because of deflating and losing the natural volume in the cheeks, jawline and under the eyes. This creates harsh shadows in the face with depressed areas in the cheeks which flatten, marionette lines and shadowing in the chin area in front of jowls, and dark circles under the eyes. As the natural volume in the upper face diminishes the face goes from being heart shaped to a squarer bottom heavy face along the jawline.
Stem Cell Facelift Before and After Patient 1: This middle aged woman was unhappy with her sunken cheeks and sagging jowls. Dr. Jacono performed a stem cell facelift procedure and her after photos show fuller lifted cheeks and a defined jawline.
What is a Stem Cell Facelift?
The procedure is based upon the regenerative properties of cells in the body called stem cells. These stem cells are some of the most important cells in the body and have the ability to replace damaged and worn out cells. These stem cells are found naturally in fat tissues known as adipose. When they are transplanted with fat into areas of the face, the stem cells help to rebuild new tissue in the transplanted areas. This allows for more volume in the face and skin which helps to improve the quality and texture of the skin. The new volume helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Another key benefit of using transplanted stem cells with the fat transfer is an increased survival rate of the new tissue that is produced. The Stem Cell Facelift is a procedure that utilizes your own body tissue to replenish and rejuvenate these areas. Stem cells life in our body fat, and are called Adult Derived Stem Cells. The Stem Cell Face Lift differs from fat grafting procedures of years past, because the fat is processed after it is removed to maximize the amount of Adult Stem Cells present in the fat that we transplant
How is a Stem Cell Facelift performed?
Many patients are worried about having any plastic surgery procedure, even smaller ones such as these, because they do not want to have general anesthesia. The good news is plastic surgery can be performed without general anesthesia. It is common in today's plastic surgery practice to use local anesthesia (just numbing injections like novocaine at the dentist). After administering a light sedative pill, the injections are administered with a series of injections using an extremely fine needle to numb the area. The added benefit is that it results in a quicker recovery and also reduces the cost of having a procedure.
During this stem cell facelift procedure fat is suctioned from abdomen, thighs or flanks, and then is purified to maximize the number of Adult Derived Stem Cells that exist in the fat. Blood is then drawn from the patient and is processed to create platelet rich plasma (PRP) which is rich in growth hormones that is added to the fat already rich in stem cells. Adding this helps maximize the efficacy of the procedure. This mixture of stem cells, fat, and hormones is transferred back into deflated areas of the face, such as drooping cheeks and jawline. The fat cells and the stem cells are transplanted into the face using a multi-planer technique. A first layer is transplanted at the bone level of the mid-face and then a second layer of cells is transplanted into the muscles and tissues of the face. A third and final layer is then added just below the surface of the skin to help regenerate all the aging components.
This tissue scaffolding helps support the areas of the jawline and midface lifting them to a more youthful position.
Stem Cell Facelift Before and After Patient 2: Unhappy with her sagging jowls and her hollowed cheek areas, this female patient decided to have Dr. Jacono perform a stem cell facelift procedure for her facial rejuvenation. Her after photos reveal a smoother more vibrant cheek, neck, and jawline areas. Her cheeks appear to be lifted and volume has been restored.
Additionally, we now know that Adult Stem Cells are now known to be a source for producing other growth factors once placed in the face, which enhance both skin quality, texture smoothness and helps diminish wrinkles. Not only does the procedure restore the youthful contour and shape of the face, but because of this effect improves skin tightness.
After the cells, have been transplanted, Dr. Jacono completes the stem cell facelift by performing a chemical peel on the surface of the skin to help remove fine lines and wrinkles. The chemical peel also helps to stimulate the underlying stem cells and collagen to help the skin looking healthy and wrinkle free.
In cases of more severe aging, for example with a dropping neck (often called a turkey neck), the Stem Cell Facelift can be combined with other minimally invasive surgical procedures. For example, for patients with an aged neck the procedure can be easily combined with a necklift performed with small incisions behind the ears. These incisions can be minimized using endoscopic technology (telescopes the size of a drinking straw) so that there are no telltale signs of surgery. Combing a lower neck lift with a Stem Cell Facelift can prevent the distorted and stretched appearance of facelifts of years past.
Stem Cell Facelift Recovery
Stem Cell Facelift Before and After Patient 3: This female patient was in her mid fifties and unhappy with her sagging jowls and neck as well as her sunken in cheek area. Dr. Jacono performed a stem cell facelift procedure on her to restore the volume in her cheeks and nasolabial folds. He also redefined her jawline while reducing her sagging neck.
Depending on the severity of the aging process as well as the tailored procedures that Dr. Jacono creates for each patient, recovery time can vary. On average, most patients fully recover within 7 to 10 days. During the recovery period, patients may experience some mild swelling and redness to the skin very similar to sunburn. Eventually, the surface of the skin will shed and the skin will have a light pink coloring to it. When fully recovered, the skin will show dramatic improvements in both color and skin quality.
Most patients will continue to see improved results to their skin texture and quality over the next 12 months.
Stem Cell Facelift Candidates
Stem Cell Facelift Before and After Patient 4: In order to correct her hollowing cheeks, nasolabial folds, and dimpled chin, this middle aged female patient underwent a stem cell facelift procedure with Dr. Jacono. Her after photos show her cheeks are much fuller and both her nasolabial folds and chin dimple are not as visible anymore.
Patients who are looking for facial rejuvenation without surgery might be a good candidate for this procedure. It is best suited for patients who are showing moderate signs of aging and are in generally in good health. During a consultation with Dr. Jacono, he will discuss your options based on each patient's individual goals.
To learn more about stem cell facelifts or to book your consultation today, contact Dr. Jacono's office today by calling his NYC Office at 212-570-2500 or his Long Island Office at 516-773-4646 or by completing an online consultation form.