What Is a Stem Cell Facelift?
by Chiara Sanders
There has been a lot of discussion lately on how stem cells can be used in cosmetic treatments, how they can help to improve skin and make people look more youthful. Facial rejuvenation is an area where stem cells are being utilized for their regenerative abilities, and stem cell face lifts are becoming more and more common. Especially since the latest treatments use the most advanced technology, making them minimally invasive and very effective. So how does a stem cell facelift work?
What is a Stem Cell Facelift?
A stem cell facelift, also called fat autograph muscle injection (FAMI), is a procedure that injects a person’s own fat and connective tissue into the facial muscles, adding volume to loose or hallow skin. Without the need for surgery or incisions, stem cell facelifts successfully restore youthful contour to the face, as well as improve skin quality and tightness. It is very similar to a fat transfer, another popular cosmetic treatment. Stem cell facelifts are different in that the subcutaneous fat removed from abdomens or thighs—both of which hold high concentrations of stem cells—is mixed with special growth ingredients that help the cells grow into the necessary tissue needed to restore volume and improve skin. Also, the mixture is injected at multiple levels of skin and muscle, making it easier for the stem cells to transform into the specific tissue at each plane, which means a more complete facial rejuvenation.
The Benefits of Stem Cell Facelifts
As mentioned, stem cell facelifts use special factors that coordinate with adipose tissue, helping the regenerative properties of the cells as they morph into the facial tissue. The multi-level method also allows for stem cells to be delivered efficiently, creating an even and smooth contour to underlying tissue, which means less lumpy irregularities. Patients are left with fuller features and smoother skin, and since the stem cells have impressive regenerative properties, the results last much longer than typical fat transfer treatments.
Risks and Recovery of Stem Cell Facelifts
Stem cell facelifts are minimally invasive and there are very few risks associated with the treatment. However, patients need to be aware of the standard recovery time and possible side effects of stem cell facelifts. Recovery time usually lasts anywhere from 7 to 10 days. Side effects include minor swelling and redness for the first couple days, similar to a sunburn. Facial skin will shed, leaving a light pink color and there will be residual swelling for about a week as the face heals. Skin will experience an ongoing improvement in contour and quality, with patients experiencing full results after three or four weeks. Patients can return to their daily routines right away, but should be wary about over exposure to the sun, as it may irritate skin. A follow up injection is recommended after four or five months to maintain the stimulation of the stem cells.
How Much Does a Stem Cell Facelift Cost?
Stem cell facelifts do not come cheap, however, the results last much longer than traditional facial injectables. The price of stem cell facelifts range from $4000 to $8000, depending on the patient’s condition and personal goals.
Are You a Candidate for a Stem Cell Facelift?
A good candidate for a stem cell facelift is someone who does not want to undergo intensive surgery that comes with a standard face lift. It is an ideal procedure for patients with aging or sagging skin who are looking for complete facial rejuvenation without the need to go under the knife.
The best way to determine if a stem cell facelift is right for you is to speak with a certified skincare specialist or plastic surgeon. A trained professional can accurately assess the condition of your skin and provide you with information on possible treatments. There are many highly skilled skincare professionals in our network, so you’re sure to find one that suites your needs.
If you’re interested in facial rejuvenation through stem cell facelifts, then contact us today. We’ll schedule a personal consultation with one of our certified skincare specialists, and get you on your way to a smoother, more youthful appearance.
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