Study shows Fat Grafts & Stem Cells provide similar facial rejuvenation results
A new study published in the official medical journal of ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) comparing the pros and cons of injecting fat cells and stem cells showed some interesting results! The two techniques seem to be equally capable in reversing the signs of skin aging in the cells according to the study (click here to read it)! This makes quite obvious that the much simpler method of injecting fat cells has a serious advantage comparing to the (time consuming) stem cell injections!
But let’s have a more thorough look in this study! 6 patients that were facelift surgery candidates had injections to a small are in front of the ear! 3 of them received stem cells (derived from fat that was gathered by means of liposuction – the stem cells were isolated and grown)! The second group received a mix of fat cells and SVF (stromal vascular fraction – a mix of cell types, including stem cells).
Skin samples from all patients were received before and 3 months after the treatment and these samples were analysed. Both groups showed identical results! The ultrastructural analysis of skin samples showed reduced degeneration of the elastic fiber network of the skin – which is a common sign of aging. Dr. Rigotti the head of the study stated that both methods “appear very promising for facial anti-aging surgical techniques”. As we mentioned above, while stem cell isolation and growing is a time consuming process, it seems that the SVF/Fat cells injection seem to be the best option at the moment! Of course we are waiting for more studies to come!
Finally we need to underline that aging is a totally natural process and trying to completely reverse it seems to be a neurotic struggle! Only in really special cases (syndromes etc) someone should put oneself in such position. To get a better idea of our opinions regarding the ethics of aesthetics please read this!