SmartLift® -- Facelift-in-a-Day
SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day is:
- Affordable and
Without any significant downtime.
Aging and sun damage leaves marks on your face. Fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume especially over cheeks, deep furrows along the nose, sagging skin etc. – all results of aging but don’t really define how young you really feel.
Stem cell treatments are revolutionizing medicine to improve our health, such as our looks with the stem cell face lift procedure. Just imagine a procedure using your own cells to rejuvenate your aging looks.
Stem cells, often thought of as futuristic and at times controversial, can now be used to heal your body and revitalize your face. Autologous fat transfer has been used in cosmetic medicine for over ten years. But in SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day, we use your own bone marrow and fat stem cells along with growth factors and cytokines found in PRP.
With aging, face loses volume and vitality while wrinkles appear due to loss of underlying collagen. SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day helps restore the youthful look, corrects the wrinkles and adds volume to your face.
What is the SmartLift® -- Facelift-in-a-Day
Stem cells are cells found in every part of the body. These cells function as regenerative and repair cells in our bodies, replacing damaged cells and repairing injured tissues.
In the SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day procedure, your own adult bone marrow stem cells as well as mesenchymal stem cells found in high concentrations in the fat are used to rejuvenate, to repair and to regenerate facial tissues.
We only use your own (Autologous) Adult stem cells. All of your cells are used during this same procedure. We do NOT store or culture these cells. Also, we do NOT add any medicine (e.g. Growth Hormone or any sort of steroids) or chemicals or modify or manipulate these stem cells, and we do NOT use LED or other light source either.
Most physicians in United States do NOT practice stem cell therapies as we do. It is important to follow safe and FDA allowed guidelines when performing these procedures.
Because YOUR OWN bone marrow, fat and blood cells are being used at our clinic, there is no risk of any transmissible infection or tissue rejection by your body.
Adult (Autologous) Stem cells – Your Own Cells
Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that help to create new cells in existing healthy tissues. They also help repair tissues that are injured or damaged. They are the basis for the specific cell types that make up each organ in the body. Stem cells are distinguished from other cells by a few important characteristics:
- they have the ability to self-renew and they have the ability to divide for a long period of time
- under appropriate conditions, they can differentiate into other specialized cells including heart cells, liver cells, bone cells, cartilage cells, nerve cells and other cells.
Adipose (Fat) Derived Stem Cells – ADSC
Adipose Tissue (Fat) is very rich in stem cells; primarily mesenchymal stem cells. Fat harvesting for ADSC therapy is done with a very simple process called lipoaspiration. It is important to understand that lipoaspiration is vastly different from liposuction. Liposuction is performed by a plastic surgeon in a surgical suite using general anesthesia or sedation. Liposuction removes a very large volume of fat and is intended for a cosmetic result. Lipoaspiration uses a small amount of local anesthetic, a small instrument slightly larger than a hypodermic needle, removes a very small amount of fat (10 – 20cc), and does not render any visible change in appearance. The fat is then concentrated using a simple, sterile gravity method. The entire process is painless and takes under ten minutes.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Bone marrow contains stem cells; primarily hematopoietic stem cells. Bone marrow is harvested from the hip (iliac crest) using local anesthetic and a specialized needle. It is important to understand that bone marrow harvesting for BMAC is vastly different from bone marrow harvesting for transfusion for cancer therapies. In bone marrow harvesting for transfusion, a hematologist, oncologist, or surgeon removes a very large amount of bone marrow. BMAC requires only a very small amount of bone marrow. Surprisingly, the procedure is not painful, takes under ten minutes, and causes only mild soreness afterward. It has an excellent safety profile.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is essentially blood without the red blood cells. Platelets are cells found in the blood that are essential for clot formation and wound healing. PRP, the mix of concentrated platelets and serum, contains factors that promote repair of tissues. PRP is injected into the targeted area for repair.
Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process, by providing required growth factors, intensifies the body’s efforts to renew and rejuvenate your aging face. To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal.
The “SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day” Procedure
The Procedure: During SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day, we combine your own adult stem cells from bone marrow and fat with PRP. Stem Cells use your body’s own natural reparative factors to harness the healing resources of the body to repair injured tissues. PRP secrete growth factors and send signals which boost the natural healing process in the body. Stem cells not only secrete growth factors and other intercellular signals to command and coordinate the repair process, they can also replace and regenerate tissues by themselves directly.
After we obtain bone marrow aspirate and blood, these are then spun in special centrifuge at specific G-force. The stem cells and PRP are then separated respectively. Lipoaspirate is decanted and fat stem cells are then taken out and mixed with PRP and BMAC. All this is done in strict sterile environment. For most procedures, we blend PRP, ADSC, and BMAC. We also use hormone supplementation (only if medically indicated) and Dr. Garg’s specially formulated immune boosting complements before and after this procedure.
Hormone therapy replenishes the hormones our body needs to function properly using various hormones like bioidentical hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, hcg, human growth hormones etc. Through state-of-the-art diagnostic hormone testing, using blood, urine and/or saliva analysis, we can determine your hormone levels and your unique bioidentical hormone needs. Hormones are prescribed ONLY if tests clearly reveal that your body is deficient in hormones.
Results are visible at 4 to 6 weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone, creating a natural result. Cosmetic and light therapies can enhance the results. Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed easily and results may not be very effective for patients who smoke or consume excessive alcohol or drugs.
Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours after the procedure. There can also be some pinkness or redness of the skin following the therapy.
Improvement in wrinkles as well as the tone and texture of the skin can be achieved with just one treatment, however, for advance wrinkling and scarring additional treatment may be required at 6 to 8 week interval. Treatment result varies however in most patients the results for several years.
Does it leave scars?
No. There are no scalpel knives used in the procedure. Specially designed blunt instruments are used to inject the fat and stem cells to sculpt the body areas as desired.
Does it make my face look fat?
No. The procedure restores the youthful look by restoring the 3-dimensional balance to the face.
Do I need to be put to asleep?
No. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia. We use local anesthetic cream (lidocaine) to numb your skin. For very anxious patients, an oral sedative may be given.
Is it safe?
Yes. Since it is your own body’s tissues that we use, there is no allergic or adverse reaction or rejection that can happen from the stem cells.
Also, since there is no need for general anesthesia, serious risks associated with general anesthesia and being put to sleep are eliminated.
Is it painful?
Most of my patients report feeling mild pressure during the injection that is controlled with local anesthesia cream and some soreness in the areas treated for up to 5 to 7 days after the procedure that does not require pain medication.
How long is the recovery?
You will be able to resume your normal daily life immediately, limited by the degree of swelling that you experience after the procedure. Most patients have noticeable swelling in the areas treated from 5 to 7days depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing response.
How long will the result last?
The results should last for several years. The results are affected by your lifestyle, habits and genetics. Smoking and weight fluctuations diminish the results.
How will it look over time?
SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day restores the 3-dimentional proportions of your face and help rejuvenate the look and texture of the overlying skin, restoring your youthful appearance.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Approved by FDA?
FDA does not regulate medical procedures performed by qualified and licensed doctors. Currently, there are no clear protocols to treat any disease with adult stem cells in the U.S. We ONLY use your own adult stem cells (not Embryonic stem cells) and we don’t alter, manipulate or store your stem cells and we use your cells during the same procedure - therefore FDA does not object to these procedures.
Does insurance cover these procedures? What is the cost?
These procedures are not covered by health insurance plans. With financing, many patients can get SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day for a minimum investment. There are a variety of different financing options available, and we can help you find the best one for you.
One of the first questions that many people have is “how much do SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day procedures cost?” Our SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day procedure starts at a very affordable price of $1,895 for PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment. The cost of SmartLift® - Facelift-in-a-day using your own adult stem cells vary from $3,500 to $6,500 depending on the areas to be treated (forehead, under eyes, cheeks, jawls, neck etc.), the extent of the aging process on your face and neck, and whether you would need one or more types of stem cells to achieve the best possible results.
A consultation with Dr. Garg, M.D. is needed to decide the best treatment option and the exact costs for you.
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