Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose has developed a new and innovative set of procedures we call a “Stem-cell enhanced facelift” using the patient’s own tissues which can result in faster healing while restoring lost volume to the face and neck areas. His specific techniques utilize a 4 layer technique to address the aging face and neck to create a more youthful look. It is a combination of the new SMAS facelift that addresses three layers of tissue (unlike older methods that just pulled tight the top layer of skin alone), along with the patient’s own harvested fat rich cells (via liposuction) and plasma to enhance this technique.
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For many people of a certain age, we feel we can spot a facelift a block away and so for many years we’ve opted to go the non-surgical route when it comes to reversing the signs of aging. Yet, now both men and women are choosing to go under the knife with a technique that promises more subtle changes that can last for decades.
Most people would look at 48-year-old Indya and think she looks years younger than what’s on her driver’s license. However, when she looked in the mirror, she saw something else. “I see the gradual sagging,” Indya said, fussing at the reflection looking back at her. “I’m actually doing this for myself because when I look in the mirror, I see what I want to fix,” Indya said.
The goal is to create a more natural looking face-lift.
“We’ve all seen facelifts of yesteryear where the patients are just pulled so tightly, it looks like kind of a wind tunnel. It doesn’t look pretty,” said Dr. Rose.
The newer facelifts he’s doing on his patients use smaller incisions and plump stem cells from a patient’s own fat, all making for a less painful and much shorter recovery. With incisions above and below her eyes, below her chin, in her hairline and in front and behind her ears, it’s the safe and natural filler found in Indya’s own body that is the key to the rejuvenation.
“I love the results. They’re very natural and soft and I’m really excited. This facelift is supposed to last 15 to 20 years,” Indya said.
Good candidates for the three-layer facelift can range in age from the early 30’s to those in their 80’s, depending on a patient’s skin. As for price, the procedure rings up around $15,000.
THE SCIENCE: This innovative use of growth-factor enriched techniques has the potential to revolutionize traditional facelift surgery. Plastic Surgeon Franklin A. Rose, MD has been both studying and implementing this European technique to harness the powerful characteristics of plasma cells to increase the facial rejuvenation benefits of fat grafting for over ten years. Growth-factor enriched plasma cells can increase the survival rate of fat transfer, which can be long-lasting and often permanent.
Researchers have been exploring the regenerative properties of growth factors alongside platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for years, experimenting with their potential to aid in anti-aging treatments increasingly popular aesthetic procedures. The source of these cells comes from the patient’s own adipose tissue.