One very important caveat is that some business minded practitioners claim they can modulate the stem cells to produce better results. They are calling themselves “Stem Cell Centers” and charging exorbitant prices and making false advertising claims, deliberately misleading the public. As a result, FDA has come down on these centers and practitioners with stern warning to stop making false claims. I want to make it very clear that Lipo-transfer alone can do wonders in providing a “volume-lift” and as an added bonus, the abundance of adipocyte derived stem cells can help to rejuvenate the overlying skin…. however, all this benefit is inclusive in the Lipo-transfer procedure and you needn’t pay extra for gimmicky “stem cell” procedures.
Historically many surgeons have struggled with the concept of converting Lipo-transfer from surgical case under general anesthesia or deep sedation into simple office procedure under local anesthetic with just mild oral sedation, which makes this procedure much less cumbersome for both the surgeons and patients.
Because I have been performing this procedure for over 20 years using atrumatic, micro technique, all under local anesthesia, the fat can be easily harvested from the donor site, carefully processed, and transferred back into the face, usually all under an hour. As a result, repeated sessions are simply in and out procedures with many patients choosing to have it done on a Friday afternoon, rest over the weekend, and return back to work the following Monday. With every session, new fat is always harvested; repeated sessions using refrigerated fat is a concept foreign to me for many reasons. Most patients have almost no bruising and only mild swelling, allowing them to return back to work in matter of days.
Due to this easy protocol we have created, many of our patients undergo repeated sessions of Lipo-transfers no longer for the volume restoration; but, for continued regenerative gain of their skin from the Adipocyte Derived Stem cells in the Stromal Vascular Cell fraction of the fat matrix….. your very own personal source of “Fountain of Youth”!