A stem cell facelift is a nonsurgical alternative to a traditional facelift. While regular facelifts involve a trip to the hospital, general anesthesia, cutting the skin, and a longer recovery period, stem cell facelifts do not. They also provide a non-allergenic alternative to regular fillers, since the patient’s own cells are used for the procedure.
Stem cell facelifts are performed in a cosmetic surgeon’s office. Fat is taken from areas like the lower abdomen, where it is broken up mechanically, and the stem cells are extracted. These stem cells are what differentiates a stem cell facelift from regular fat grafting.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells, meaning that they are capable of growing into any body cell. The growth factors released by these cells can improve skin tone, tightness, smoothness, plumpness, and overall appearance in a way that fat grafts alone do not. They help restore youth and vitality to both the skin and the underlying fatty tissues by signalling local fat and stem cells within the skin to grow and multiply themselves.
A stem cell facelift only takes about an hour to perform, and can easily be done under a local anesthetic. The recovery time is about a week, and results can eliminate the need for things like conventional facial fillers or Botox.