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Aesthet Surg J. 2013 Mar;33(3):334-8. doi: 10.1177/1090820X13478944. Epub 2013 Feb 15.

Stem cell facelift: between reality and fiction.

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American University of Beirut Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Beirut, Lebanon.


Stem cells are "big business" throughout medical technology, and their potential application in cosmetic procedures is no exception. One of the latest nonsurgical facial treatments (and new catchphrases) in plastic surgery is the "stem cell facelift." It is evident from the currently available scientific literature that the use of stem cell therapy for facial rejuvenation is limited to the theoretical induction of skin tightening and can in no way be equated to a facelift. In fact, what is advertised and promoted as a new and original technique of stem cell facelifting is mostly stem cell-enriched lipofilling. Despite encouraging data suggesting that adult stem cells hold promise for future applications, the data from clinical evidence available today do not substantiate the marketing and promotional claims being made to patients. To claim that the "stem cell facelift" is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure surgery is unethical.

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