Facial rejuvenation conjures images of tight, evenly toned, and wrinkle-free skin. Unfortunately, that image also includes the surgery or laser treatments needed to achieve those results. At least, that’s how it used to be, but now you have an option: an all-natural stem cell facial.
As a specialist in regenerative medicine, Dr. Mark Ghalili at Regenerative Medicine LA is an expert in using stem cells to stimulate your body’s inherent healing ability — a process that works throughout your body, including restoring more youthful skin.
Regenerative abilities of adult stem cells
Adult stem cells accomplish the remarkable job of producing all the cells you need to stay healthy throughout your lifetime. Whether you need to replace old tissues or heal injured or diseased tissues, adult stem cells repair the problem through their unique ability to continuously self-replicate.
Any time a new cell is needed, adult stem cells self-replicate by dividing to produce a new cell. Then the new cell differentiates or develops into the exact type of tissue needed. Adult stem cells can replicate as many times as needed to restore tissues.
Adult stem cells maintain your skin’s health
Your body contains numerous types of adult stem cells. Some are highly specialized to produce one type of tissue. For example, the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, contains epidermal stem cells that specifically regenerate skin and heal wounds.
Other types of adult stem cells can produce new cells that differentiate into many types of tissues. Mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in your fat and bone marrow, are one of the best examples. They’re capable of regenerating fat, muscle, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.
In addition to self-replicating, mesenchymal stem cells release numerous biochemicals such as growth factors and other proteins that communicate with cells. These substances stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, boost skin healing, and enhance skin growth.
When used in a stem cell facial, mesenchymal stem cells also trigger the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for your skin’s strength and resilience.
You provide your own stem cells
Fat tissue is an abundant source of mesenchymal stem cells. Extracting fat using a small liposuction tube is also a safe and easy procedure that specialists perform in the office at Regenerative Medicine LA.
After a sample of fat is removed, it’s processed in a centrifuge, which allows Dr. Ghalili to separate the stem cells and create a concentrated amount that he uses during your stem cell facial. Using a concentrated amount is key to achieving optimal outcomes during a stem cell facial.
How stem cells are used during your facial
To rejuvenate your skin, stem cells must get under your skin. Dr. Ghalili may do that with an injection that places them just below the skin or with a microneedling device that uses many tiny needles to make micro-punctures in your skin. Following microneedling, Dr. Ghalili can apply stem cells topically, and they’ll penetrate beneath your skin through the punctures.
Once mesenchymal stem cells are introduced under your skin, they immediately use their natural abilities to rejuvenate your skin. The stem cells take care of whatever your skin needs, from repairing damaged skin to growing collagen and boosting your blood supply.
As the quality of your skin improves from the inside out, you’ll start to see the difference. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles diminishes as your skin’s strength, hydration, elasticity, texture, and tone improve. You may also notice that age spots and sun damage lighten.*
Stem cell facial add-ons enhance your results
Dr. Ghalili can also include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with your stem cell facial. PRP is the perfect complement to stem cells because platelets are another one of your body’s natural healers.
Platelets are packed with growth factors that:
- Recruit more stem cells to the area
- Accelerate healing
- Prevent degeneration of healthy tissues
- Trigger the production of new tissues and blood vessels
PRP is also made right in the office by drawing a sample of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge it to separate platelets and plasma from other blood components. The concentrated platelets are then mixed in with your stem cells and used for your facial.
With or without PRP, a stem cell facial reverses the signs of aging and restores a more youthful appearance.* If you have questions about rejuvenating your skin with a stem cell facial or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Regenerative Medicine LA, or use the online booking feature.
*Individual results may vary.