Regenerative Aesthetics Treatments
Regenerative aesthetics refers to an exciting advance in cosmetic and plastic surgery that uses a patient’s own regenerative cells, commonly called growth factors, to achieve more natural, lasting results when injected alone or in combination with the patient’s fat cells in such procedures as facelifts and breast augmentation. However, it is important to separate the hype from the reality.
Growth Factor Facelift
“Growth Factor facelift” is the newest catch phrase for the latest and greatest in facial plastic surgery. But what does it mean? The use of a patient’s own (autologous) fat to fill in hollowed areas of the face has been called a “growth factor lift” because of the scientific fact that our fat contains 2,500 times more stem, or regenerative, cells than bone marrow does. Claims of dramatic improvement in skin texture following fat transfers have been attributed to regenerative cells present in the fat.
Dr. Glasgold was impressed with a processing technology called StemSource®, developed by Cytori® Corporation that processes a patient’s fat into concentrated Adipose-Derived Stem and Regenerative cells (ADRC’s) in about an hour. This allows the ADRCs to be added to the fat for a fat transfer, or injected directly into damaged skin within the same procedure. The use of StemSource®-processed ADRCs in plastic surgery evolved out of the RESTORE 2 trial performed in Europe where ADRCs were added to fat for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery. Dr. Glasgold is hoping to demonstrate the effect of ADRCs and ADRC-enhanced fat graft on skin rejuvenation.
After a short lived mini-facelift, I started to research Deep Plane Facelift, a facelift that focuses on lifting the face muscles and add more definition to the face. I looked for doctors that specialize in this procedure and after consultations with a few surgeons I chose Dr. Mark Glasgold. I was very impressed with the time he took to explain the surgery and how it would result in a very natural look, unlike the traditional facelift, where the skin is pulled back making you look artificial. I felt very confident that Dr. Mark had the experience I was looking for, and was happy to travel 200 miles to have the surgery done by him. I had some bruising and swelling but was comfortable to go out in about 2 weeks. I am very happy with the results. My friends say I look 10 years younger with a very refreshed and natural look. I feel Dr. Mark is a very gifted surgeon, he took time to understand my concerns and give suggestions that made me feel confident in the procedure. The entire office staff is also very caring and attentive, thank you everyone. I would recommend Dr. Glasgold without any hesitation.
Dr. Glasgold would like to share the results of some of our procedures in the hope of bringing a greater understanding of the science of autologous regenerative cells to our patients. The patient pictured had an ADRC-enhanced autologous fat transfer to the area around her mouth and lips and under her eyes as well as injection of ADRCs directly into the severely damaged skin around her mouth. The results shown are three months post- procedure. While the overall cosmetic appearance is much improved, it is too early to tell if improvement to the skin texture is permanent. This work is experimental.