Stem Cell Enhanced Facelift – Definition, Benefits, and Candidacy

Aging is a natural and inevitable process, and while it is a joy to experience all that life has to offer, its effect on your skin and tissues is not nearly as welcome. Facelift procedures slow down the signs of this phenomenon, enabling you to look youthful long-term. Over the years, many different facelift techniques have developed, and all procedures are the result of extensive research.

One of the latest improvements of the traditional surgical facelift is the stem-cell-enhanced facelift. The new and improved facelift uses stem cell technology to produce a naturally youthful face.

What Is a Stem Cell Facelift?

A stem cell facelift is a reconstructive procedure that reverses aging signs (like wrinkles) and creates a fuller facial look (volume). 

One telltale sign of aging is the loss of facial volume, evident as hallows around the cheeks and eyes. While some people choose to address this volume loss with dermal fillers, others turn to fat grafting.

Fat grafting / transfer is a natural way to restore facial volume, and this technique can be augmented slightly to include stem cells. Stem cells are the body’s raw materials and the baseline of cell regeneration.

What you may not know, however, is that your own fat contains adult stem cells.

Plastic surgeons use stem cell technology to harvest stem cells from fat tissue, creating a charged fat mass. Thus, the enhanced fat tissue contains blood vessels and regenerative tissue essential for boosting new skin cell growth.

  • The stem cells stimulate the production of new cells because of an abundance of growth factors, which boost cell regeneration.
  • Blood vessels in the fat tissue increase blood supply to aging facial tissues.
  • The added fat layer increases the facial volume in target areas creating a fuller, youthful face.
  • Stem cell-enhanced fat tissue grafting differs from conventional fat injections because of growth factors from the stem cells.

Benefits of a Stem-Cell-Enhanced Facelift

The stem cell facelift has its advantages over the traditional facelift.

Minimal Invasion

The stem cell facelift has fewer incisions than traditional facelifts. Conventional facelift surgery requires cutting, lifting, and sewing sagging skin to undo signs of aging. The stem cell facelift is predominantly nonsurgical, involving stem-cell-enhanced fat injections to add volume to the face. 

These injections can be combined with a traditional facelift for even better results and rejuvenation.

Plumps and Tightens Facial Skin

The growth factors in the grafted fat stimulate the growth of facial tissues, reversing aging effects by increasing suppleness. The fat mass also adds volume to sagging and hollow regions of the face.

Increase Blood Supply

Stem-cell-enhanced fat tissue has immense regenerative abilities. They stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which rejuvenate aging tissue and quicken wound healing.

Improves Photoaging

The sun prematurely ages the skin. The growth factors in a stem-cell enhanced fat tissue stimulate new skin cell growth, which helps with the removal of damaged skin cells.

Qualifications for Stem-Cell-Enhanced Facelift

Signs of aging are a significant factor in any facelift procedure. Moderate to severe aging signs must be present for the plastic surgeon to okay the operation.

The signs include:

  • Facial mass reduction 
  • Hollow cheeks and eye sockets
  • Skin sagging on the cheeks and lower face
  • Available fat pockets that can be harvested with liposuction

FAQs About the Stem Cell Facelift

Is the stem cell facelift authentic?

Fat contains stem cells that produce growth factors and stimulate the growth of blood vessels and other surrounding tissues. Plastic surgeons using this technology have techniques that increase stem cells in the fat tissue before grafting it on the face.

How do I know the plastic surgeon does genuine stem cell facelift procedures?

Always request to see the board certification evidence from your plastic surgeon. Ask for their license to practice to ensure they have permission to operate. Aside from qualifications, inquire about photographic evidence of the specific procedure.

Additionally, ask if your plastic surgeon is a member of a professional society of plastic surgeons. Such organizations conduct strict assessments before providing membership to practitioners. Therefore, invest heavily in due diligence before committing to a plastic surgeon.

Do stem cell facelifts work?

Stem-cell-enhanced facelifts help produce youthful aesthetics. The added fat layer adds facial volume, reducing sagging and filling hollow spaces. The stem cells provide growth factors that stimulate cellular growth in facial tissues. The added adipose tissue also boosts blood supply, rejuvenating the aging facial tissues. The procedure is also minimally invasive.