The tools and techniques used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, like any other medical profession, have changed and advanced over time. For quite some time, we thought the best way of rejuvenating skin was through mildly invasive surgery; the “nip and tuck” of old. Dr. Nathan Newman created the Stem Cell Facelift to address concerns that these traditional methods of cosmetic surgery were not effective (they could make skin look tight and pulled) and not as safe (all surgery comes with certain health risks). Dr. Newman’s method is safe and effective, but it can seem like magic to many. Stem cells are an incredible tool, so let’s part the veil.
Stem cells are unique because they can turn into many different kinds of cell; muscle cells, skin cells, even brain cells can be formed from stem cells. Stem cells can also duplicate themselves, forming more and more stem cells. The utility of these cells is immediately apparent; because they can self-replicate, then turn into anything, it’s conceivable that many degenerative diseases could be cured with the clever application of stem cell technology.
There is, however, a bit of a challenge with stem cells; their source. When they are present in embryos, stem cells can turn into all of the cells that form a human body; starting out, we’re basically just made out of stem cells that differentiate themselves into our various organs. Once stem cells have become a certain cell-type (say, bone marrow or fat cells), they cannot revert back to stem cells; additionally, the stem cells within those organs can only become the cell of that organ type (skin stem cells can only become skin cells). That’s because adult stem cells are used for repair, and not for creation.
There is a great deal of ethical questions that come with using embryonic stem cells, but researchers are beginning to find new uses for adult stem cells, through what’s known as induced pluripotent stem cells. Simply put, researchers have found a method of reverting adult stem cells to their embryonic form; that means stem cells harvested without ethical qualms can have all of the qualities of embryonic stem cells, namely, the ability to turn into any other cell. Stem cells harvested from your own fat can thus be used to become fat cells, cartilage cells, bone cells or even muscle cells.
Dr. Newman only uses stem cells harvested from your fat. That means there’s no ethical quandaries and no allergic reactions; you won’t be allergic to your own body’s cells. Additionally, because the surgery is non-invasive, you won’t need to be put to sleep; that’s a huge advantage, given the inherent risks of anesthesia. Dr. Nathan Newman is a highly qualified dermatologist, and the Stem Cell Lift can be used to help reduce the appearance of scarring. With stem cell technology, you can experience the future of dermatology today; an almost painless, safe, anesthetic free and ethical way of looking and feeling your very best.