Cosmetic surgeons across the country have become very interested in a fascinating rejuvenation process that involves restoring some of the natural contours of face which have been lost through the aging process. Surgeons and others have recently discovered a new liposuction/fat transfer procedure wherein a patient’s own body fat can be used to replace other fat that has either shifted or has been lost.
Put simply, the procedure taps into the body’s natural resources in order to help restore youthfulness. It’s a safe and simple procedure that removes unwanted fat, and at the same time, has the ability to restore the natural contours of your face and other areas of the body.
As opposed to tissue fillers like collagen and implants, this new procedure uses your body’s own natural fat to achieve long-lasting results with minimal downtime.
A few clinical studies have also shown that fat is the richest body source of adult stem cells.
So far, there isn’t a lot of research information available on the topic of stem cells and the anti-aging process; however, some recent studies show that stem cell therapy could very well be associated with improvements that are attributed to the anti-aging effect and repair of damaged tissues.
As we mentioned earlier, cosmetologists can apply your own stem cells directly to the fine lines and wrinkles of your face in order to fill in new collagen and elastin tissue, thus reversing signs of aging.
Scientific studies also show that stem cells have the ability to change in most kinds of tissue in the human body. They also have the ability to regenerate the structures of organs that have, for some reason, faltered in our system.
As humans, we harvest stem cells from our abdominal fat (or blood), and then return them to our system after processing. Stem cells also migrate to the areas of the body that need repair and rejuvenation.
These adult stem cells can be derived from fat that is gently harvested under local or twilight anesthesia from donor sites (such as the abdomen or the hips). The fatty tissue is then centrifuged (a process that involves centrifugal force) to remove oils and fluids and produce a more concentrated fat.
In addition, the patient’s own platelets can be concentrated from the patient’s blood sample, and this platelet-rich, concentrated plasma (PRP) is then added to the compressed, purified fat tissue. This may help the transferred fat last longer, and may even help the stem cells within the fat make new fat. Researchers in Japan have found that these newly-formed fat cells can help restore volume on a long-term basis, which is good news for those wishing to remove wrinkles and restore a fuller and more youthful appearance.