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A facelift is a medical procedure designed to rejuvenate the look of a patient’s face. The goal of a facelift is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, jowls, and other signs of aging.
For decades, facelift techniques were all the same, more or less – cut into a patient’s face, pull the skin on the face until it was tight, then cut off the loose or excess bits of skin. In the ‘70s, surgeons realized they could manipulate a system of muscles in the face known as the SMAS in order to produce better results.
Innovation continued throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s, and 2010s – and right into the present day. In the new millennium, there have been truly incredible advances in medical technology which have allowed for the creation of a new type of facelift – the nonsurgical facelift.
Dr. Newman is one of the innovators of nonsurgical facelifts – he developed a truly revolutionary facelift procedure, known as the Stem Cell Lift®, in order to give his patients the best level of cosmetic care possible while minimizing the risks to their health. With the Stem Cell Lift®, there’s no cutting, no anesthesia, and minimal recovery time – it’s a modern facelift for a modern world.
Why choose a facelift?
There are many good reasons to choose to get a facelift – at the end of the day, they’re all personal.
A facelift gives a patient a more youthful look. There are all kinds of ways to look more youthful – preventive care to prevent sun damage, anti-aging creams, and other over-the-counter solutions are all popular.
When those things aren’t sufficient to rejuvenate your look to the point you’d like it to be, a facelift is a great option. The biggest reason to choose a facelift is simple – it’s because you want to look more youthful, and home or basic cosmetic approaches aren’t doing the trick.
The ideal candidate
When your dermatological problems are as simple as a few small wrinkles, you probably don’t need a facelift. The ideal candidate is someone with more prominent signs of aging – and the more signs of aging you have, the better the candidate you may be for a facelift.
Everyone is welcome
Traditional facelifts are full of rules and restrictions that limit the eligibility of patients. That’s for good reason – surgical facelifts are intense. They require cutting and general anesthetic – procedures which can take an enormous toll on the body. As we age, we recover less quickly from medical procedures, and the more intensive they are, the more we risk.
The Stem Cell Lift® was designed as a facelift for virtually everyone who wants it – it’s a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure, so there are far fewer risks. The techniques involved also stimulate collagen production and boost facial volume, so the underlying structure of the face and current skin elasticity are not as influential on the end result as they might be in a traditional facelift.
If you have any of the conditions we’re about to list, you may be a good candidate for a nonsurgical facelift. If you have many of these conditions, a facelift might be the best option to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Forehead lines, forehead furrows, glabellar lines – these terms all mean the same thing. As you age, the collagen bonds in your skin weaken, and your skin can begin to change shape and texture as you move it. For example, patients who have a tendency to raise their eyebrows can quickly develop forehead lines. A facelift can drastically reduce the appearance of these lines.
Drooping eyebrows and eyelids are often caused by the same thing – weakness in the muscles around the eye. The condition is known as ptosis. Some patients can reduce the effects of ptosis by doing eyelid exercises, but this method has not been scientifically tested. If you’re worried about your eyelids and eyebrows drooping, your doctor may recommend facelift surgery.
Hollows under the eyes
Sunken eyes are a common dermatological condition caused by aging. As your skin loses collagen, the area under your eyes can begin to look thin, or even translucent. You may have also lost some supporting structure like fat and bone density. Facelifts can add volume and boost collagen production.
Facial volume loss
Loss of facial volume is an inevitable part of aging. As we age, the fat that was stored relatively evenly throughout the face begins to shift, and collagen begins to weaken. You may notice some areas of your face are looking thin or sallow, while other areas begin to fatten. Fat can tend to accumulate around the neck, which can result in a double chin.
The Stem Cell Lift® is particularly well-suited to restoring facial volume, as the stem cells used both restore lost facial structure and stimulate collagen production.
Frown lines, sometimes called “elevens”, are found between the eyebrows, just above the nose. You can probably guess what causes them – aging, which leads to a loss of skin elasticity. A facelift can drastically reduce the appearance of frown lines.
More commonly known as “laugh lines”, nasolabial folds are folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Everyone has them, but aging can cause them to appear more prominently. There are many non-intensive steps you can take to reduce their appearance, but if those aren’t doing the trick, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend facelift surgery.
Skin laxity is a fancy term for loose or sagging skin. It’s caused by the things we’ve discussed so far – a reduction in collagen and diminished facial structure. These are natural consequences of aging – gravity does the rest. The Stem Cell Lift® does a particularly good job at treating skin laxity – facial structure is restored, and collagen production is boosted.
What is a stem cell facelift?
At this point, we’ve hinted at what stem cell facelifts are good at – restoring volume and increasing collagen production to rejuvenate a patient’s face. They’re also non-invasive or minimally invasive, which means no cutting or general anesthetic is needed.
So what exactly is a stem cell facelift? It’s an innovative process that uses stem cells harvested from the patient’s own body via liposuction. They’re enhanced with an advanced proprietary medical process and injected into the skin in order to restore natural proportions. We’ll detail the entire process in the “Our process” section below. We’ll also go over some of the most common components of facelifts.
The advantages of a Stem Cell Lift®
The Stem Cell Lift® was created by Dr. Newman. That means the procedure is being done by the person who invented it – you can’t get much more expertise than that.
The minimally invasive procedure means there’s a very short recovery time, and little risk of complications. It’s also less expensive than most traditional facelifts. The results can look more natural, and it’s available to patients who may otherwise be unable to get a facelift.
Components of a facelift
Facelifts are not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Every patient will get a different kind of facelift, depending on their cosmetic goals, their facial structure, the doctor performing the facelift, and numerous other factors. Not every facelift will have all of the components listed here – in your consultation with your patient coordinator and dermatologist, you’ll determine which components are right for you.
The brow lift improves the appearance of the brows, forehead, and eyes. That means it can help with forehead lines, drooping eyebrows, and similar features. While traditional facelifts and blepharoplasties are options for brow lifts, stem cell facelifts can do the job just as well.
A neck lift, also known as a platysmaplasty, is used when a patient’s neck develops wrinkles, begins to sag, or otherwise shows signs of aging. Stem cell lifts work very well on the neck, as “turkey neck” is caused by a loss of collagen and structure.
When most people think of lip contouring, they think of makeup techniques that allow them to create fuller looking lips. Stem cell facelifts can allow you to achieve more permanent lip contouring – stem cells are injected around the lips to add fullness.
We alluded to blepharoplasty earlier – it’s a surgery used to lift droopy eyelids. By injecting stem cells around a patient’s eyes, we can lift droopy eyelids, creating a naturally youthful look.
Otoplasties are surgeries used to improve the look of the outer ear. The Stem Cell Lift® can be used to restore volume to the ear lobe – great for people who want to wear earrings but can’t because their lobes have become too thin.
Chin augmentations involve adding volume to the chin, where needed, in order to create balance in the facial features and strengthen the appearance of the chin. The Stem Cell Lift® can do all of the above.
Now that you know what a facelift can treat and what’s involved, we want to detail our process.
We only use the Stem Cell Lift® for our facelifts. We do this because it can accomplish all of the things a traditional facelift can, with fewer risks and, often, at a lower cost. Here’s how it works:
It all starts with a conversation between the patient and our patient coordinator, who answers questions and schedules a consultation with Dr. Newman. This can be done in-person or virtually, depending on the patient’s preference and where they live. Patients can send in photos and a description of the things that they would like changed. The patient’s health history is reviewed, and they’re sent a package including details about the procedure and what lab work they’ll need to have done.
The consultation with Dr. Newman
Dr. Newman will then go over the specific procedures that will take place with the patient – as we mentioned, no two facelifts are exactly the same! Dr. Newman will then devise a complete treatment plan – there are often two treatments that take place over the course of 6-12 months.
The patient coordinator will then go over pricing, scheduling, and paperwork with the patient.
One week before the procedure
The patient must discontinue the use of any blood thinners, which may include a variety of vitamins and supplements, as well as common painkillers like ibuprofen. The patient may also need to stop using certain other medications – in most cases, this is discussed during the review of the patient’s medical history.
A member of our medical staff will call the patient a couple of days before the procedure to go over the final pre-op details.
On the day of the procedure, the patient must only eat a light breakfast with no caffeinated beverages – they’ll also be asked to wear comfortable clothing, and no makeup or creams. They’ll need a friend to pick them up after the procedure – we can also arrange for a concierge service to care for the patient afterward and pick them up at our office to take them to where they are staying.
After the patient meets with Dr. Newman to prepare for the treatments, “Before” photos are taken. From there, the patient is given a mild sedative, and local anesthesia is used.
Generally, depending on the patients’ treatment plan, we start the facelift procedure with a non-invasive Skin Tightening Thermi RF (Radio Frequency) treatment, which tightens the skin, encourages collagen development, and prepares the skin for the injection of stem cells.
From there, stem cells are harvested using mini-liposuction – the patient can choose where this mini-lipo occurs, and most choose the abdomen.
We then concentrate the stem cells from the rest of the fat – in most cases, we harvest enough for two procedures. Dr. Newman will then inject the stem cells in the appropriate areas, rejuvenating your face.
To top it all off, we use the Newman Gentle Chemical Peel to refresh your face and give it a beautiful glow.
We follow up regularly after the first and second procedure to ensure everything is going smoothly.
The cost of an in-person consultation with Dr. Newman is $750 – a Zoom or phone conversation is $375.
The cost of the facelift procedure itself varies, but usually ranges from $25,000-$30,000. A 10% deposit is required up front. That deposit is fully refundable up to two weeks before the procedure. Two weeks before the procedure, the patient must pay the rest of the fee.
Any questions? Interested in the Stem Cell Lift®? Get in touch with our patient coordinator today