It sounds like a plot of a new Steven Spielberg movie, but its real. Turns out that our fat is loaded with stem cells and that when injected into the face, stem cells actually encourage regrowth for healthy fuller contours. I learned about this and other anti-aging techniques that are just on the horizon at a press event hosted by cosmetic surgery expert Wendy Lewis. One of the smartest women I’ve ever met, she assembled a blue ribbon panel of dermatologists and surgeons to explain these new wrinkle busters at Waldorf Astoria press conference.
Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr Z. Paul Lorenc explored new fillers that actually stimulated the growth of new healthy collagen. So when the filler is gradually absorbed, the skin stays smooth and young because of strong fresh skin cell growth that restores youthful contours. Dr David Golderg, director of Laser Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine discussed the role of lasers in cellulite control. He explained that the lasers don’t destroy the cellulite, but rather tighten the skin, making the cellulite far less obvious– eg less jiggle; Dr Sidney Coleman who is associated with NYU-Langone School of Medicine focused on the benefits of fat grafts to aging, sun-damaged and scarred skin. Not only do the grafts restore normal skin appearance, the benefits become better with time. Research indicates that the stem cells in the fat injection are stimulating the regrowth of healthy tissue. I was especially impressed by the use of fat grafts to cover up dark undereye circles. Dr Coleman has a grant from the Department of Defense and he is using these techniques to repair wounds that soldiers suffered in Afghanistan and Iraq. Its amazing to see once flattened and distorted faces returned to normal. And just a side note- cosmetic surgery techniques that we use today to turn back time, were originally developed after World War I as doctors struggled to repair disfiguring wounds.
But keep in mind that NONE of these new anti-aging developments are legally approved in the US and are still waiting for FDA approval. ( They are found in other parts of the world and that’s a topic for another post) And be aware that non-MD’s are pouring into the field offering all sorts of anti-aging injections and a wide variety of unapproved techniques. To avoid dreadful complications ( there were some pretty awful photos at the conference) make certain you get treated by a certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
And speaking of treatments, today I am actually going to Dr Lorenc for his super cleansing hydro-facial. I will post before and after pix next Wednesday.