The procedure: Facial fat grafting (aka Stem Cell Facelift)What it is: A "natural" alternative to hyaluronic injectibles wherein a small amount of fat is taken from one part of the body and re-implanted into the lips, the nasolabial folds or other parts of the face or body to help restore youthful "fullness." It can be done in conjunction with liposuction or as a standalone procedure. The benefit of doing this over other injectables is that it lasts longer (50 percent of the fat can last up to five years) and "there is also evidence that fat contains adult stem cells," says Dr. Sam Rizk a New York City-based facial plastic surgeon. He believes that transferring fat may also enhance the skin's metabolism to rejuvenate skin because in the "long-term, they encourage cells to regenerate younger skin," he says.
How it works: A surgeon removes fat from the buttocks or abdomen, it is treated to remove blood and other fluids and then it is injected into the desired site. Note: A modified facelift can be done before fat injections to create a more dramatic result.
Downtime: Post-operative patients rest for two hours and require someone to drive them home. Following the procedure, patients are instructed not to move or massage the treated area for a few days to allow the injected fat to settle. There may be bruising and severe to moderate swelling for up to 72 hours.
Average cost: $1,500-$3,000 or $5,000-$9,000 for a full face treatment
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