These procedures are amongst the latest in anti-aging facial technology, utilizing your body’s own cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate your face without any surgery. You can refresh your face, returning to a more youthful look with minimally invasive stem cell procedures that harness your own cells to stimulate and develop new collagen. The collagen then continues to firm and tighten your skin from within. It is ideal for patients who wish to refresh their look naturally with beautiful subtle results that don’t look overdone [such as with stretched skin]. These procedures are performed in the clinic.
Volume loss to the face is a highly visible component to the aging process and can be restored either with office-supplied fillers or stem cells from one’s own fat. Fat grafting, through a gentle hand harvested method, purification process and micro-droplet injection technique, improves durability.
This is a natural alternative to the traditional facelift [that involves cutting] and an effective alternative treatment to traditional facial fat injections. It refills areas of the face that have lost fat, particularly around the facial muscles due to injury and age. New collagen is created from your own stem cells and added to areas of the face lacking volume. It restores muscles, forehead, eyebrow, cheeks, mouth, and chin to provider a fuller face and achieve a younger look. The procedure restores the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as skin tightness. It also helps to even out colour irregularities caused by the aging process and environmental sun exposure.
The stem cell facelift involves removing fat from one’s own abdomen or thighs to put into those regions of the face that start to lose fat. Only small amounts of fat are removed so this should not be confused with liposuction. Using blunt cannulas (which are 1 mm hollow tubes with a blunt end and a small hole through which the fat comes out) the fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness and no sutures are necessary. By using this micro-droplet technique, grafted fat has a much higher blood supply so that cell survival is improved and the results are smoother. Typically, the downtime is 4-7 days.
During the Micro Needling process, the face is numbed by a topical cream and micro needle points are applied to the face with a derma pen and then covered with your own PRP and stem cell mask. Platelets in your blood contain numerous platelet derived growth factors that stimulate proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinoctyes which produce collagen and keratin. Collagen production has been attributed to helping correct the visible effects of wrinkles.
The procedure is not a facelift but helps to restore or enhance the areas. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin is laid under the skin. Typically, the downtime is 2-3 days.
ACRS is a product derived from your own blood. It is rich in cytokines that can activate the body’s ability to self-heal in a targeted area. Also, in triggering the regeneration process, it increases the production of positive interleukins and growth factors that intervene in the pain cascade, causing the pain to diminish or stop.
Because it is made up of your own blood and merely activates the body’s natural regeneration process, it is impossible to overdose and not limited in the number of repeat treatments that can be applied.
In contrast to synthetic fillers such as Botox or hyaluronic acid, ACRS stimulates renewal of living cells so that the result is more natural, longer lasting and without the side effects associated with synthetic fillers.
Used in orthopaedics and dentistry, it is also well suited to cosmetic or aesthetic treatments. The body’s own immune proteins stimulate cells in the skin to produce collagen that firms and tightens your skin from within. But that is not all. Because facial rejuvenation can also be complicated by other skin conditions, it is worth noting that ACRS has also proved successful in treating:
For those who wish, we can also treat with Botox and synthetic fillers.
Botox is typically chosen to treat dynamic wrinkles that occur when the face is in motion or making an expression as it will reduce their motion and visibility. These wrinkles are usually positioned in the forehead and around the eyebrows. Botox achieves this by reducing the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. For some, the reduced expressiveness that can result is considered to be a significant downside.
Facial fillers work for static wrinkles, which are visible even when your face is relaxed and making no expression. Areas that are depleted and sunken will benefit from the fullness that facial fillers can give them.
Neither Botox nor synthetic fillers will last as long as the PRP and ACRS treatments. Whereas facial fillers serve to substitute the loss of collagen and volume, they do not generate natural collagen as do PRP and ACRS treatments.
The main attraction for using Botox and synthetic fillers is that they are typically cheaper.