Question: I saw something on TV about a minimally invasive procedure called a stem cell facelift. Can you tell me more about this procedure and whether or not it has lasting results?
Answer: The stem cell facelift procedure is an attempt to harvest adult stem cells which are very potent cells in the body. To explain this in more depth, when babies are growing in the mother in the embryological stages in the early birth, there are certain cells which can develop into different tissues. For example, a human being starts with a few cells and these cells can turn into bone, nerve, muscle, vessels and all different types of other tissue. The ability of cells to do this are called stem cell. They are very special and unique cells. The concept behind the stem cell facelift is to try to harvest cells in the adult patient which can do this and to use these as filler in hoping that this will rejuvenate and create volume and contours, whereas avoiding extensive surgery or the use of more fillers. This is a relatively new technique and it is very important for this technique to undergo eventual rigorous scientific scrutiny and use in many different surgeons in many different settings to determine whether or not this is a long lasting procedure and whether or not this benefits the patient.