The Stem Cell Facelift

It sounds like something  that you would see on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Injections of fat and stem cells  are “harvested” from your butt and love  handles and injected into areas of your face that need rejuvenation.  Not only does the fat fill out  areas that lost volume (eg cheecks and under eye hollows) the adult stem cells are supposed to generate  healthy new collagen.  Really?

Here’s how its done.  Fat is extracted from your body and is processed with chemicals or lasers to concentrate the stem cells– in  a process that is news to the FDA.   Then  this stuff is injected into the face. You can see immediate resuts from the fat while the new collagen growth is supposed to show firmer skin over the next few months.   

Does the stem  cell face lift work?  According to just about every expert, the stem cell facelift is not a facelift  nor does it contain effective stem cells.  The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons all warn consumers to stay away, far away from this procedure.

And one final point.  Injections of fat, also known as fat grafts, are an FDA approved method of restoring volume.  But stem cell enhanced fat grafts have stretched a generally  approved procedure well past its generally accepted limits.

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