Stem Cell Facelift - Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation without the pain

Nowadays everyone is obsessed with looking younger and cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more acceptable. However, surgery carries with it a number of risks which means that the pros and cons must be carefully weighed up and less invasive techniques are always being developed to reduce pain and recovery times. Looking younger now doesn't have to involve going under the surgeon's knife and stem cell facelifts are one of those methods.

What is it?

The procedure itself involves taking non-differentiated or 'blank' cells from a fatty area of the body and re-injecting it into areas which require rejuvenation, such as wrinkles and lines in the face. Fat is taken from an area such as the abdomen or buttocks and the cells are treated with a special growth factor which helps them to take on the characteristics of the cells in the new area of the body. The fat is then injected into the face, smoothing out lines and wrinkles and helping to stimulate the existing cells in the face to rejuvenation. It does not involve any scalpels or incisions, just a few injections similar to a procedure for Botox. Unlike other dermal fillers, which are often reabsorbed into the body within a few months, this more natural method will last longer. The fact that the cells are harvested from the patient's own body also means that the chance of the filler being rejected by the body and causing an allergic reaction.

Cost

A stem cell facelift can cost anywhere between £2,500 and £6,000 depending on the surgeon's credentials and experience and their geographical location. This is roughly comparable to a traditional facelift and the stem cell treatment provides similar results, as the face appears fuller and rounder and the skin more glowing.

Things to consider

This is a relatively new procedure and full risks may be unknown when compared to traditional (synthetic) dermal fillers. However the risks are unlikely to be more than those associated with the 'traditional' dermal fillers. Research is always of the utmost importance when deciding upon a clinic or surgeon, and the cost benefits should not outweigh the experience of the person performing the technique. Many patients may feel more comfortable knowing that the cells are from their own body - previously non-manmade dermal fillers were made from babies foreskins (circumcised at birth) but with the advent of 'adult stem cells', this may become a thing of the past and may certainly be more palatable for some patients.