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What is a Stem Cell Facelift?

Stem Cell Facelift

“Dr. Sears,” A.M. told me… “They say time marches on. But I feel like it’s marching across my face.

“I want to do something about it, but I’ll never go under the knife. I want to look like myself — but myself from 15 years ago.”

About a year ago, A.M. came to my office to ask my opinion. She was hitting a milestone birthday in a few months and wanted to celebrate by doing something special for herself.

I told A.M. about the stem cell facelift we were doing in the clinic. She jumped at the opportunity to become one of my first patients to undergo the procedure.

I believe that this therapy is going to change the way we think about aging forever. Let me explain.

As you age, it’s natural to lose volume from your face. And gain fine lines and wrinkles — especially around the eyes, mouth and forehead.

Plastic surgeons will tell you that the only way to permanently remove these telltale signs of aging is with a traditional surgical facelift.

One that cuts and stretches your skin — resulting in that stiff, alien and completely unnatural look A.M. desperately wanted to avoid.

But these surgeons couldn’t be more wrong…

At the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine, we’re reversing the signs of aging by performing a technique called a stem cell facelift.

This quick, painless procedure uses a tiny amount of stem cell-rich fat from your own body to rebuild lost volume in your face and smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Stem cells are the “replacement” cells you were born with. They’re your body’s master cells. You use them to replace any cell that’s damaged or dying.

I call stem cells the ultimate cure for whatever ails you. And because they come from you, there’s absolutely no chance of rejection.

When they’re deployed, stem cells heal and regenerate the tissue they’re assigned — including the skin, your body’s biggest organ.

And unlike a surgical facelift, there’s absolutely NO downtime. Within hours, you’ll be back on your feet while looking and feeling your best. Your only side effect is a little temporary swelling.

Because this technique is so new, I’ve had a lot of patients ask me what makes a stem cell facelift different from a simple fat transfer. The answer is simple…

After a traditional fat transfer, up to 90% of the injected fat simply disappears — and gets reabsorbed by your body.1

But combining stem cell therapy with a traditional fat transfer produces results that can last for decades instead of the usual six to 12 months.

That’s because stem cells have a “secret weapon” that instructs your skin to constantly repair and revive itself.

I’m talking about human growth factors — or HGFs. These growth factors can:

  • Increase collagen production
  • Protect skin from oxidative damage and UVB radiation
  • Repair damaged cells
  • Increase thickness of skin layers to reduce wrinkles
  • Inhibit skin thinning (matrix degradation)
  • Stimulate wound healing

And as you age, your supply of growth factors drops dramatically. We used to think that the only source of HGFs was in our bone marrow. Now we know that there’s 40 times more in adipose fat.

But a stem cell facelift has a second benefit. In a traditional fat transfer, only the surface layers of your skin are able to connect to a blood supply. But with the addition of stem cells, your body produces a brand-new supply of blood cells to the face.

And this helps the fat survive for a much longer period of time. The stem cells also trigger renewal all over your skin’s surface — not just at the injection site.

I saw A.M. again not long ago. She couldn’t be happier with her results. In fact, she told me that she looks even better today than she did in the weeks after the procedure.

What You Can Expect During Your Stem Cell Facelift

Stem cell facelifts can be completed in a matter of hours. While there can be mild discomfort, here’s what you can expect:

  1. First, we harvest your fat. Using manual liposuction, a small bit of fat tissue is removed from your abdomen or love handles. This minimally invasive procedure is done during the office visit and takes about an hour. No general anesthetic is needed.
  2. Then your stem cells are placed in a centrifuge. We separate your stem cells from your fat cells using a high-speed centrifuge machine.
  3. Next, we reintroduce the stem cells back into your body. We mix back these concentrated stem cells into the fat that was set aside.
  4. Implant. This stem-cell/fat concentrate is injected where needed to smooth away wrinkles and fill in facial hollows. Afterward, you can return home or to work because there is little-to-no downtime.

If you’re interested in turning back the hands of time with a stem cell facelift, or simply want more information, please call my clinic at 561-784-7852. My friendly staff will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Or if you prefer, you can visit my website at

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
Al Sears, MD, CNS

1. Jackson IT, et al. “A successful long-term method of fat grafting: Recontouring of a large subcutaneous postradiation thigh defect with autologous fat transplantation.” Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2001;25(3):165–169.