For over 20 years, bone marrow has been used in all stem cell treatments However, over the last 8 years, fat tissue has become an increasingly popular alternative due to its numerous advantages.

Today, Cell-Enriched Cosmetic Surgery utilises the patient’s own fat and fat-derived stem and regenerative cells to regenerate the face. As the fat and cells used are extracted from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of rejection and the results look and feel very natural.

Patients seeking a natural way to rejuvenate their faces after changes due to ageing are the right candidates for this treatment. However, as the fat used in the procedure is harvested from the patient’s body, an adequate supply of excess fat is required. Dr Tunc Tiryaki will discuss how and where the fat can be harvested with you during your consultation.

To harvest the fat, a mini-liposuction under local anaesthesia is given and Dr Tiryaki will be able to explain the ideal removal areas for your body. The normal areas of focus are the stomach, hips or thighs and the whole process, including the isolation process and transfer, will usually take around one hour depending on the areas to be treated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

PRP is the method where a certain amount of patient’s own plasma is put into a special tube, centrifuged and growth factors that are separated out of the blood cells are applied on the patient’s skin. On the other hand, the fat-derived stem cells method is the injection of stem cells after liposuction of the fat from patient’s body and cultivating it with certain procedures to produce the stem cells that produce those growth factors continuously. PRP treatment needs to be repeated in order to achieve the desired result. Stem Cell treatment is a one-time procedure. Depending on the area of application, add-on-therapies can increase the persistence.  

Stem cell applications on the face are both delaying and repairing the effects of aging. This treatment replaces the lost deep tissue volume of your face in a natural way, and also rejuvenates the loss of elasticity of your skin. These cells can also be used to treat acne scars.

The overall treatment will last 1-2 hours.  After surgery, the areas used for harvesting (liposuction) will feel sore and bruised and there may be some swelling.  The reshaping of the harvested areas will recover quickly. 

Cell-enriched facial rejuvenation uses the patient’s own stem cells to restore volume and regenerate the patient’s face. Natural and refined results are achieved through this specialised procedure.

Stem cells are derived from fat harvested from the patient’s body which and reinjected into the patient’s face.

Because the technique uses the patient’s own cells, there is no risk of the body rejecting it. 

Cell-enriched facial rejuvenation is suitable for patient’s seeking a natural anti-ageing procedure.

The treatment helps to smooth lines and wrinkles, restore volume that is lost as part of the ageing process and treats acne scarring. 

A mini-liposuction procedure, performed under local anaesthesia, is used to harvest excess fat from the patient.

The surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail with each patient at the consultation to determine the best area to harvest the fat; the most common areas are the hips, thighs or stomach.

How long will the procedure take?

Depending on the areas to be treated, the whole process will take around 1-2 hours. 

Cell-enriched facial rejuvenation helps to repair the effects of ageing as well as delay the process.

The procedure replaces deep tissue volume in a natural way, improves skin elasticity and addresses acne scarring.

Following the procedure, the areas where liposuction was performed will feel sore and there will be bruising and possible swelling in this area, which will recover quickly.

There will be a minimal amount of swelling in the areas of the face where the fat was injected, which will soon subside.

The results will look and feel completely natural, with the full effects visible 2-3 months after the procedure. 

The results of cell-enriched facial rejuvenation are similar to alternative procedures such as injectable fillers, implants and lipofilling (also known as fat grafting). However, there are many key advantages of cell-enriched facial rejuvenation:

- Because the stem cells are derived from the patient’s own fat, they are biocompatible and won’t any cause adverse reactions
- Stem cells are autologous, so there is no risk of the body rejecting it
- The results achieved from stem cell treatments are natural –the patient won’t look “over-done”
- Two procedures can be undertaken in the one treatment – liposuction and facial rejuvenation
- Fine lines and wrinkles caused can be removed
- The results last longer and are more durable than the alternative treatments, minimising need for repeat procedures. 

PRP is a procedure where Platelet Rich Plasma (growth factor derived from the patient’s blood) is injected into the patient’s skin to repair damage  and promote healthy skin.

Stem cells are derived from the patient’s fat, which produce growth factors. Stem cells are used to restore volume, smooth lines and wrinkle and regenerate the skin, with anti-ageing results.

PRP treatments need to be repeated in order to achieve and maintain results, whereas stem cell treatments are a one off procedure.

Yes, a Micro-Lift may be the perfect solution for your excess neck skin, but there are other solutions.

The Micro-Lift procedure is designed to help alleviate early signs of ageing and mild loss of elasticity loss.

This procedure commences with the making of a tiny incision below each ear. The connective tissue below the skin is pulled and held back to create a subtle structural lift in your jawline and neck. The skin will become taut and contours defined again.

The Micro-Lift does not offer drastic results. This is the subtlest in facelift procedures. If you have moderate skin laxity a mini-facelift may be a better choice for you. Or, if you have a problem with severe folds or prominent jowls you may want to consider a full facelift. However, if you are in your late 30s to late 40s and are looking for a light “pick up” in your face and neck area, the Micro-Lift is probably the best solution for you.

Remember that these modern lifting procedures are often combined with fat transfer and stem cell transfer to restore volume in the right places and rejuvenate the skin.

Any extra unwanted fat or double chin is removed by liposuction.

The recovery period for a Micro-Lift is really short. Most patients are back to their regular routines after just a few days. You will experience minimal discomfort after surgery. In addition, the smallness of the facial incisions means that your skin’s healing process will be quicker as well. You have minimal chance of poor scarring.

There are many differences between a regular facelift and a stem-cell enhanced facelift.

The older face loses volume at all levels - skin, subcutaneous tissue, fat muscle and bone. The skin loses tone and droops. The skin also loses quality and becomes dry and wrinkled.

A standard facelift only tightens the drooping skin. As an operation, it is therefore useful, but only in association with other treatments such as fat transfer and stem cell enhanced fat transfer. As an isolated procedure, it is almost obsolete.

Fat contains stem cells but can be enhanced by adding more stem cells. This is used to restore volume and rejuvenate the skin. Thus, fat and stem cells are used to correct volume loss and improve skin quality as a procedure on its own.

Alternatively, it will be used in combination with a facelift. This facelift may be standard or more often mini or micro lifts. These combinations reduce the risks of a standard facelift and achieve more results with less downtime.

In truth, there are nowadays a full range of facelifts and in addition a whole range of add-ons. Plastic surgeons used to have their own adaption of a facelift, but it was the same for everyone. We at Cadogan Clinic now tailor the procedure to the individual patient’s requirements, which will include age, skin type and condition, facial morphology and above all, the patient’s expectation.

We might call the procedures full, mini or micro facelift, but they can all be broken down into certain parts.

Firstly, the length of skin excision. The longest could be across the top of the head in front of or behind the hairline, down in front of the ears, skirting the earlobe, up behind the ear and back down into the hair. The trend, however, is towards shorter and shorter scars and virtually never across the top of the head.  The shortest scar is the micro lift, which is also known as the one-stitch facelift, with a tiny scar below or above the ear.     

Secondly, the extent of undermining of the skin. We now never undermine from ear to mouth and meeting under the chin, but just enough to avoid bunching in front of and below the ear.

Thirdly, the degree of undermining and treatment of the SMAS, the muscle of the skin. The wide dissection, a source of risk, is now avoided and very often it is simply repositioned with stitches.

Fourthly, the method of suspension. Small dissolving sutures can be useful for the nuance of the result, but more permanent and strong nylon sutures can be inserted without the necessity of tissue dissection, and they last longer.

A word of warning - we are not impressed by the clever dissolving threads, which need no surgery and therefore are used by less skilled operators. They are not cost-effective and have only temporary effect with an unacceptable rate of complications.

Now, what about the add-ons?

The most frequent add-on is the restoration of lost facial volume by fat transfer. Your fat is used to augment the cheekbones, cheeks, temples, brow, chin and anywhere else it will improve facial balance. Fat contains those all-important stem cells, which also improve scars and skin quality. At Cadogan Clinic we are able to enhance the transferred fat with extra stem cells.

We might also address the long wrinkled ear lobe, the eyelids and the droopy nose.

We discuss and decide with the patient what is going to help you meet your expectations in a cost-effective way, and arrive at a suitable procedure.  Sometimes this will be a full facelift. More often it will be a mini or micro lift, quite possibly with fat grafting and stem cells.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors, including a virtual reality consultation to demonstrate the potential outcomes in your individual case. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee.  

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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