Stem Cell Lift® (Stem Cell Facelift)

Cutting Edge Cosmetic Surgery-without Cutting

Looking back at the history of plastic surgery for facelifts made many cosmetic surgeons aware that the nip tuck of the past caused the face to look tighter and plastic, not youthful and natural.  As we age, the fullness of the face starts to deflate and the skin loses its elasticity.  This process causes the skin to droop and loosen causing us to look tired, unhealthy and sad.  One of the first places we notice loss of volume is under the eyes and the cheeks.  This loss of volume causes the remaining fat, which supports the eyeball, to appear as if it is bulging.  The adjacent skin then drops down and inward, which create noticeably deeper laugh lines, marionette lines and jowls.  The Stem Cell Facelift addresses these symptoms of aging.

Until now, the traditional plastic surgery concept was to remove the bags from under the eyes, to cut the loose skin out and to pull the skin tight.  In reviewing the facelift results of this plastic surgery concept, cosmetic surgeons noticed that this method not only made people look pulled tight and plastic, but it actually accentuated the loss of volume and the hollowed appearance caused one to look older.

How is the Stem Cell Lift® different from a traditional face lift?
Dr. Newman’s Stem Cell Lift® technique offers a new paradigm in face lifts as it addresses and overcomes the problems encountered with the 2-dimensional face lifts and with the older fat grafting methods.  The Stem Cell Facelift provides a 3-dimensional lift without scarring.  It corrects the main cause of an aging face which is volume loss.  It does not alter the natural anatomy of your face.  The procedure can be performed with a local anesthesia, there is no need for general anesthesia. The stem cell facelift cost varies from patient to patient dependent on exact treatment plan, but starts around $25,000. The cost of the stem cell facelift is a fraction of the cost of older methods of cosmetic surgery since it does not require general anesthesia and takes less time to perform. Also, the entire face (forehead, eyes, nose, temples, cheeks, laugh lines, lips, jowls, and chin) can be done all at the same time with the stem cell enhanced fat. Each area would otherwise entail a separate procedure that costs thousands of dollars. The average cost of older methods of facial surgery is generally $40,000 and up.

Before & After Pictures of Stem Cell Facelifts

Pre-Op
We ask that you arrive at Dr. Nathan Newman’s office one hour before your scheduled procedure time.  Parking is available in our structure and we offer validation.  Discontinue use of aspirin (Bayer, Ecotrin, Plavix) NSAID’s (Advil, Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Naproxen) at least 1 week prior to your procedure.  In addition, if you take the following medicinal herbs, you will also need to stop them 1 week prior to your procedure: Cayenne, Cowhage, Echinacea, Ephedra, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Kava-Kava, Licorice, St. John’s Wart, Saw Palmetto, Fish oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega complexes, and Valerian. If you take prescription anti-anxiety medications, do not take them 24 hours before your procedure.  Some patients may be prescribed oral antibiotics for particular medical reasons, but they are not routinely prescribed.  Should you require prophylactic antibiotics, please bring this to Dr. Newman’s attention.  You will be asked to start them the day before your procedure.  Oral Arnica (such as Sinnech) is recommended and will be given to you after the procedure. As the Stem Cell Facelift is done without the use of local anesthesia, you may eat a light breakfast the morning of your procedure, however, do not drink coffee or take medications, such as Advil or Ibuprofen.  All patients require someone to drive them home and stay with you a few hours, as you may be drowsy when you arrive home and wish to sleep.  If you cannot bring a family member or friend with you, we can provide the information for a car service and care giver and as a concierge service set it up for you before you arrive for your procedure.  Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with a zippered or buttoned top and shoes without heels the morning of surgery.  It is fine to wear socks, if you desire to wear them during your procedure.   You will be given a hospital gown to wear.  Your belongings will be secured in a locker and you will retain the key.  We request that you do not bring valuables to the Surgery Center. While you are undergoing your procedure, your friends or family may wait in the lobby or choose to shop or eat in the many venues Beverly Hills offers.

Post-Op
When the stem cell facelift procedure is completed, the fat harvesting area where the mini-lipo was performed is dressed with a bandage and paper tape.  You may be given compression garment to decrease swelling and discomfort.  It is not uncommon to have some drainage of pink-tinged fluid that night and usually stops by morning.  The stem cell injection sites (usually 4-6 in number) are covered with very small steri-strip bandages.  Some swelling and mild bruising may be expected at the harvesting or injection sites and is completely normal.  You may shower and remove all dressings the next day.  Dr. Newman and/or the nurse will see you the following day for a post-operative check.  Tylenol is usually sufficient for pain relief.  You may eat a light dinner.  Do not exercise for a few days.

Liposuction Area
The area where the fat was harvested will be draining the night of the procedure and will usually stop by the following morning. The drainage will be pinkish-reddish this is all of the fluid that was injected before harvesting the fat, this is not blood. The white pads given to you (called “ABD” pads) can be used to change the pads initially covering the incision, should they get saturated.  A compression garment can be used to secure the pads (if you do not require a compression garment you may secure the pads with the lining of your pants or tape. Be careful, repeatedly removing the tape can irritate your skin).  Place one of the green pads (“chux”) in the car and one on the bed tonight to help absorb any drainage. DO NOT shower until after your post op appointment the following morning.  Dr. Newman will tell you when it is ok to shower, please keep them short and use lukewarm water. The area where the fat was taken will be sore (similar to muscle soreness) for 2-3 weeks. You may wear spanx or a girdle to help alleviate any tenderness. Wait at least 1 week before bathing or going into a hot tub (if the incision sites from the liposuction are not closed up in 1 week, wait until they are closed before bathing or using a hot tub)

IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE ICE directly on the skin; make sure to put a barrier between your skin and the cool compresses (a gauze or washcloth)

Recovery
After your Stem Cell Facelift procedure please enjoy a nice rest at home or at the hotel. Over the following days and weeks you can expect some swelling and/or bruising, the extent of which varies from patient to patient.  For the first 2-3 days post-procedure you may apply cool compresses (no ice) to the areas treated up to 10 minutes every hour. The cool compresses will help reduce swelling in the treated areas.  After the 3nd post-operative day, you may begin applying warm compresses to the areas treated up to 10 minutes every hour.  The warm compresses promote circulation and healing. Also, to help diminish bruising, please take the Arnica provided and incorporate pineapple juice in your diet. You may resume taking your blood thinners and supplements 48 hours post-op. The results vary from person to person.  It will take approximately 3 months for the stem cells and fat to become incorporated into the existing tissues.  At 2-3 months we can assess the results of your stem cell facelift to see if additional injections may be beneficial.  As there may be a need for future injections for touch-up purposes, your fat and stem cells will be stored at our clinic for up to 12 months.  The price of your procedure includes 2 additional injection sessions, if needed.

FAQs
The field of medicine is entering a new era with the use of stem cell technology. As with any new technology there is much confusion about stem cells. The ethical and noncontroversial use of stem cells from your own body fat, known as autologus adult adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells, has come of age, while the ethically controversial embryonic stem cells are still being studied and developed. Below are the most commonly asked questions by patients about this unique and innovative method for sculpting your face and body.

What are stem cells from fat?
Non-embryonic adult stem cells are found most concentrated in the fat. Adult stem cells remain dormant (non-dividing) until they are activated by a normal need for more cells, or by disease or tissue injury. Serving as part of the repair and maintenance system, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish others. When activated, the stem cell in the fat has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become a fat cell, a muscle cell, a bone cell, a cartilage cell, or a nerve covering cell.

Does it leave scars?
No. There are no scalpel knives used in the procedure. Specially designed blunt instruments are used to inject the fat and stem cells to sculpt the body areas as desired.

Does it make my face look fat?
No. The Stem Cell Facelift procedure restores the youthful look by restoring the 3-dimensional balance to the face.

Do I need to be put to asleep?
No. The Stem Cell Facelift procedure is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia. Most patients prefer to take an oral sedative to help them feel more relaxed during the procedure.

Is the Stem Cell Facelift safe?
Yes. Since it is your own fat there is no allergic or adverse reaction that can happen from the fat or stem cells. Also, since there is no need for general anesthesia, serious risks associated with being put to sleep are eliminated.

Is it painful? Most patients report feeling mild pressure during the injection that is controlled with local anesthesia and some soreness in the areas treated for about 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure that does not require pain medication.

How long is the recovery?
You will be able to resume your normal daily activities the following day if you are taking the oral sedative during the procedure. Limited by the degree of swelling that you experience after the procedure. Most patients have noticeable swelling and some bruising in the areas treated from 3 to 10 days, depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing response.

How long will the result last?
The results should last for approximately 5 to 10 years. The results are affected by your lifestyle, habits and genetics. Smoking and weight fluctuations diminish the results.

How will it look over time?
Since it is your own live tissue, it will be undetectable and will change along with the rest of the surrounding tissues it is found in. In addition to having restored the 3-dimensional balanced proportions to your face, the stem cells help rejuvenate the look and texture of the skin, restoring your youthful glow.

How is it different from fat injections?
Fat grafting injection results are dependent on the technique used. The technique used is a major factor in how much viable fat cells are transferred to the desired area. In the stem cell facelift procedure, Dr. Newman uses unique patent-pending process, which allows him to double or triple the number of stem cells that are going to be used to re-position the fat and to sculpt the face back to its naturally healthy and youthful appearance. This unique process generates better results, last longer and rejuvenates the facial structures as well as the skin over it.

How much does it cost?
The stem cell facelift cost varies from patient to patient dependent on exact treatment plan, but starts around $25,000. The cost of the stem cell facelift is a fraction of the cost of older methods of cosmetic surgery since it does not require general anesthesia and takes less time to perform. Also, the entire face (forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, laugh lines, lips, jowls, and chin) can be done all at the same time with the stem cell enhanced fat. Each area would otherwise entail a separate procedure that costs thousands of dollars. The average cost of older methods of facial surgery is generally $40,000 and up.

Beyond the Facelift

The Stem Cell Lift can be used for other treatments of the body such as: Brazilian butt-lift/Buttock Augmentation, Hand rejuvenation, restore volume to ear lobes that can no longer hold up earrings due to the thin skin, Lipo-Correction, Cellulite Correction, Scar revision, Post surgical defects, Vulvar Enhancement, Calf sculpting, Breast Augmentation or Post-surgical correction.

Combined Cosmetic Treatments

The Stem Cell Life® may be combined with other cosmetic treatments to optimize your results.  The most common of these include: Liposuction and lipo-sculpting, laser and radio frequency for skin tightening treatments, skin discoloration, age spots, dark spots, telangiectasia (broken blood vessels) skin tone and texture, and tightening the skin