StemCells21 is an advanced medical clinic specializing in scientifically proven stem cell rejuvenation therapies derived from your very own adipose tissue. We operate alongside our flagship clinic IntelliHealth+ in offering a range of stem-cell treatments for a wide range of medical applications specifically anti-aging, cosmetic and regenerative medicine and cell therapy. StemCells21 utilizes an integrative and comprehensive, yet individualized approach as well as treatment programs for all ages and a wide spectrum of disorders.
StemCells21 has pioneered a range of cell therapy treatment approaches to offer only state-of-the-art applications in the field of cellular medicine. We take pride in our in-house stem cell laboratory that houses cutting-edge facilities and machines to provide advanced procedures and exceptional results to our clients. We are a high-end surgical and medical facility, occupying two floors of the Urbis Building located strategically at the central Ploenchit area of Bangkok, nearby shopping centers, cafes, and restaurants.
Our clinic exudes a sophisticated ambience with comfortable and modern design, equipped with two operating theaters, two VIP treatment suites, various treatment and consultation rooms, nurse stations, cryogenic storage, wet and dry sterilization units, and comfortable reception areas. We also pride of our well-trained and experienced staff consisting of a medical director, plastic surgeon, cell biologist, dermatologists, anti-aging experts, registered nurses and pleasant customer relations staff.
Dr. Thein Htut, a Cellular Medicine Expert and board-certified Plastic Surgeon, is an internationally recognized and celebrated regenerative medical expert who specializes in Stem Cell Transplantation and a comprehensive range of plastic and craniofacial procedures for both acquired and congenital conditions. Having practiced medicine in Germany, England, and Jerusalem, Dr Htut has in-depth knowledge, extensive experience, and outstanding technical skills, empowering him to deliver exceptional results while ensuring patients’ safety, comfort, and satisfaction.
Augmentation or the cosmetic restructuring of a body part such as the breast or the lip may be achieved using alloplastic materials, which are synthetic but biocompatible. They are often compared with autologous augmentation, wherein the patient’s own fat is used. One of the best benefits of using alloplastic materials such as high-density polyethylene, polytetrafluoroethylene, and silicone is that they minimize surgical time, discomfort, and pain as the surgeon does not need to perform an initial operation for grafting. They are also easily contoured, available in huge quantities, stable, not absorbed by the body (unless it is meant to do so), and long-lasting.
Augment Mammoplasty (Anatomical Prosthesis)
Also referred to as breast augmentation, augmentation mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the shape, volume, and contours of the breasts to make them more symmetrical or bigger. It may also be performed to reshape the breasts after a mastectomy or increase the volume after pregnancy. Breast augmentation may be carried out using autologous fat transfer or anatomical prosthesis such as saline, silicone, round, and teardrop implants. Typically performed under general anesthesia, this procedure requires an incision either in the armpits, in the natural fold of the skin below the breasts or around the areola to insert the implant. Full recovery time can take one to three months.
Augment Mammoplasty (Prosthesis)
A Mastectomy is an invasive surgical procedure where the breasts are removed to treat or reduce the spread of cancer. While the patient is waiting for a breast reconstruction surgery, or when the patient doesn’t want the surgery, a prosthesis may be worn to augment the breast. It is an artificial form worn after mastectomy and is usually made from fiberfill or silicone gel, so it feels very natural. The prosthesis is custom made to suit the woman’s body while a partial prosthetic called an enhancer can be worn when only a portion of the breast is removed.
Augmentation and Tip Plasty
Rhinoplasty or the reshaping (restructuring) of the nose may be complemented by tip plasty, a procedure that entails improving the nasal tip, which may appear bulbous (big), narrower than usual, low, or wide. Also referred to as alar reduction, tip plasty may involve removing excess skin on the side of the nose as well as adding a silicone implant to give it a better shape. Rhinoplasty, meanwhile, involves making covert incisions in between the nostrils to open the nose, reshape the cartilage, and attach the skin tissues to the restructured cartilage. A small splint is then added to the nose to give it support until it’s healed.
Brachioplasty, which is also referred to as an arm lift, is performed on the upper arm to reduce the appearance of bat wings (loose skin that jiggles when the arms are raised) by removing excess fat and tightening the skin, making the arms more proportional to the rest of the body. A general anesthesia is applied along with a local numbing agent to the surgical site. A large incision is then made near the armpit or lower arm. The excess fat is then removed through liposuction before the underlying tissues are tightened. Excess skin will also be removed and the remaining will be stretched before the incision is sutured closed. Full recovery takes about two to three weeks.
Breast Augmentation with Implant
Many cosmetic and reconstructive techniques can be performed on the breast to improve their overall appearance. These include breast augmentation or enhancement, in which the size of the breasts is increased to make both symmetrical and proportional to the rest of the body. The most popular method is by adding an implant, which can be round, textured, saline, silicone, gummy bear, or smooth. The choice of implants is based on a comprehensive consultation with the surgeon and extensive discussion with the patient. To insert the implant, an incision is made either around the areola, below the breast, or below the armpit. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and is considered an invasive surgery that requires months of recovery.
Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to lift the breasts that may have sagged due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging. It may also correct areolas or nipples that are pointing downward, as well as breasts that have lost their volume or have become asymmetrical. After a general anesthesia or IV sedation is administered, the excess breast skin is removed while remaining skin tissues are brought down and tightened. The areola and the nipple will then be moved to a higher position. The incisions are then sutured closed and the patient may be required to stay in the hospital for at least one day for observation.
Breast reduction, medically known as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a cosmetic technique aimed at reducing the volume and weight of the breasts. In this operation, fat cells, glandular tissues, and excess skin are surgically removed from the breasts, after which the breasts are reshaped, and the areola (nipples) are repositioned. Breast reduction is normally sought for by individuals who are unhappy with the weight, shape or droop of their breasts. After breast reduction, the chest area appears more proportionate, lifted and smaller. Breast reduction surgery takes anywhere from one to four hours and is conducted under general anesthesia. Full recovery takes several weeks and the results are noticeable after the swelling has subsided, which takes about a month or two.
A direct brow lift is an invasive surgical cosmetic procedure that is often performed to reduce the droopiness of the upper eyelids and lift the upper section of the face to achieve a younger looking appearance. After a local anesthesia is administered, an incision is made just above the eyebrow. The tissues are then repositioned to remove any fat and tightened before the incision is closed with non-absorbable threads. This procedure is usually recommended for patients with thick eyebrows so scars are less visible. The patients will be required to return after a week for the removal of the threads and also to check if the wound is healing properly.
Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat is a deep fat mass that is found in between the masseter and buccal facial muscles. It is one of the reasons for fatty or prominent cheeks. To remove the fat pad, general anesthesia is often administered to the patient before small incisions are made inside the mouth. From the incision, the surgeon accesses the fat pad and slowly pulls it out. The incision is then closed using absorbable threads, so the patient doesn’t have to return for the removal. Swelling is to be expected after the procedure while full recovery can be expected after 7-10 days.
Cell Enriched Fat Transfer (Stem Cell Breast Augmentation Promotion)
While implants are the most popular devices used for breast augmentation (breast enhancement), the size may also be increased using a stem cell enriched fat transfer. This means that the patient’s own fat is removed through liposuction from the thigh, buttocks, or abdomen to increase the volume of the breast. The non-fat portions are discarded while the rest is processed to generate stem and enriched cells. They are then transferred to small syringes before they are injected into specific areas of the breasts, particularly the hollowed sites, to increase the size. Using autologous fat significantly decreases rejection while the stem cells help hasten the recovery process.
Correction Eye Lid Ptosis (Levator)
Certain muscles work to lift the eyelids especially when the eyes move, and these include the levator, the major muscle in the area. However, sometimes the muscles weaken or become stretched out due to congenital deformities, neurological disorder, injury, or age, resulting in ptosis (droopy eyelid). To fix the problem, the surgeon will tighten the levator muscles using a technique wherein an incision is made in the normal crease of the upper eyelid to access the muscle. The other surgical technique is known as sling procedure where the muscles may be connected to the frontalis muscles of the forehead, using them to lift the eyelids. Any of the procedures may be complemented with upper eyelid surgery to achieve optimum results.
Corrective Breasts Deformity with Fat Transfer
Breasts may appear uneven due to a congenital deformity or an injury. A corrective surgery using fat transfer can be performed to correct and make them more symmetrical. While the fat can be derived from a donor, new technology can now harness the patient’s own fat. The fat is typically harvested from the buttocks, abdomen, or thighs through liposuction. The fat is then processed and purified before it is injected into the breasts, or the fat is layered into the breast tissues. Using autologous fat reduces the rejection rate, helps achieve more natural-looking results, and speeds up the healing process.
Corrective Rhinoplasty is often performed not only to enhance the appearance of the nose but also to improve the function of the organ. This may entail fixing a deviated septum or turbinates (septoplasty) to promote better breathing or reduce snoring, realigning the nasal bone or cartilage that may have been misplaced due to a congenital defect, disease, or trauma (injury), or reshaping the nose in micro millimeters to improve its look. To a certain extent, corrective rhinoplasty is related to revision rhinoplasty (correcting errors or complications of the first nose job) especially if the problem is affecting the nasal function.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of prominent ears, or correct a defect in the ear structure. The procedure can be performed using a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. In most cases, the surgeon will create incisions at the back surface of the ear, but if incisions are required in front of the ear, they are placed near the folds to hide the scarring. Once the surgeon has achieved the desired results, the incisions are closed using stitches and the ears are bandaged. Recovery from the procedure can take a few weeks.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
A brow lift is performed to reduce the skin folds, wrinkles, and fine lines on the upper part of the face, as well as improve the appearance of the eyes to achieve a younger-looking appearance. For those who want to achieve the desired results but do not wish to undergo invasive surgical procedure, this can be carried out using an endoscope, a long thin flexible tube that can be inserted into the skin using only smaller incisions. Since it is equipped with a camera, the surgeon can see the underlying structures in real time and operate with small surgical tools. Once the endoscope has been inserted, the surgeon will continue by repositioning the brows, removing the weak muscles, and lifting the forehead skin before the incisions are sutured closed.
Excision Soft Tissue
Benign or non-cancerous tumors are more likely to grow in soft tissues than in bones. They can develop underneath the skin and in between ligaments, joints, and tendons. Sometimes these tumours can be left alone and only observed, but if they cause pain or discomfort or they spread, they may have to be excised. Prior to the excision, a local anesthesia is applied to the area to minimize the pain. Using surgical tools like scalpels, the tissue is slowly removed. Depending on the size of the tumour, the margin area to be excised may have to be bigger to reduce the risk of recurrence. The surgeon at StemCells21 will provide post-operative instruction sheet following the procedure to help the patient recover faster. The wound should be protected for six weeks although it is expected to heal after two weeks.
Fat Transfer (3 Areas)
Fat transfer is the process of augmenting and contouring certain body parts using the patient’s own fat. This is safer than using implants when augmenting the chin, buttocks, and breasts as no foreign material is introduced into the body. In the procedure, excess fat is harvested through liposuction and processed using a centrifuge. The fat is then re-injected into the body parts that need more volume. These can include the cheeks, lips, chin, and even larger parts such as breasts and buttocks. At StemCells21, patients are given the option to have the fat transferred into three different body parts during a single session; however, this will depend on the amount of fat harvested from their body.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Breasts Augmentation
Breast augmentation can be performed by using the patient’s own fat instead of using implants and this results in a more natural-looking appearance and significantly reduced risk of rejection. Prior to the procedure, the patient will be briefed about the steps that need to be taken, the pros and cons, and the expected results to handle their expectations. Local anaesthesia is then administered into the donor site before a liposuction is performed. The amount of fat that will be harvested will depend on how much volume is to be added to the breasts. The purified fat will then injected into the breasts with the surgeon massaging the recipient site as the fat is introduced to ensure that it is evenly distributed.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Buttock Augment
Also known as Brazilian Butt Lift, buttock augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting autologous fat into the upper part of the buttocks to make them more prominent and to achieve a fuller shape in the lower body. The fat usually comes from the thigh, abdomen, or the lower back and is harvested either through VASER liposuction or Microlipo. The fat obtained is then processed and purified before it is injected into the buttocks. This procedure can be performed using local anesthesia, and it lasts for about three hours, depending on the desired results. Patients are able to go home right after the procedure. Bruising and swelling are to be expected but should subside within two weeks.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Correction Soft Tissue Deformity
Fat transfer or fat grafting is commonly performed to minimize wrinkles and fill body parts with sunken appearance. It can also be performed to correct deformities caused by trauma and diseases. In the procedure, local anaesthesia is administered before a liposuction procedure is initiated. Fat is then harvested and purified using a centrifuge before injected into the recipient site. The time it takes for the procedure to be completed depends on many factors including the amount of fat to be harvested and the size of the area to be filled. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and recovery time can take a couple of weeks or months depending on the extent of the procedure.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Forehead, Temporals, Cheeks, Lips Augmentation
Patients who want to eliminate signs of aging from their forehead or add more volume to their cheeks and lips to achieve a younger-looking, rejuvenated appearance, may elect to undergo a fat transfer procedure, which is considered safer than getting fillers and implants as well as undergoing an invasive facelift surgery. Harvested fat from different parts of the body can effectively add volume, rejuvenating facial areas from within while minimizing the risk of infection or the body rejecting the material. In the procedure, fat is harvested, purified, and injected into the forehead, cheeks, and lips to achieve the desired results.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Hands Rejuvenation
Aside from the face, the hands are usually the earliest to show signs of aging. To rejuvenate their appearance, fat transfer can be performed to add volume and stretch the skin. The procedure, which is typically performed using local anaesthesia, involves liposuction where excess fat from the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, or upper arms are harvested and purified before it is injected into the hand. The surgeon to so by ensuring that the fat is properly distributed by massaging the hand after each injection. This part of the procedure can be performed using a local numbing cream or local anaesthesia.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Leg Augment
Patients who are less confident of their unshapely or abnormally thin legs can benefit from a Leg Augmentation procedure using fat transfer. This fat is autologous, which means it is derived from the patient’s body, typically from the stomach, lower back, butt, or any area that can provide a significant amount of fat. The fat is then purified and processed before it is injected to target areas in the legs. Depending on the desired results and the length of the legs, 1000-1500 ml of fat will be needed for the procedure. While a fat transfer is more ideal for the augmentation of the lower thighs and legs, the process of reshaping or contouring the inner thighs is performed using implants. After the fat transfer is completed, a surgical bandage is used and worn for at least 30 days, although the patient can already slowly resume normal activities.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Lower Lid, Upper Lid, Brow, Chin Augmentation
Patients with a sunken appearance in their lower and upper lid and brow area can opt to have the lost volume replaced using fat harvested from their own body. The same procedure can augment the chin to make it more proportional to the rest of the face. The procedure starts with a liposuction where a cannula is used to harvest excess fat from donor sites, which are usually the abdomen, upper thighs, back, and buttocks. After the fat has been purified, it will be injected into the lower and upper lid, brow, and chin until the desired results have been achieved. When compared to using implants, the recovery time for this procedure is significantly shorter.
Fat Transfer (Fat Only) Volume Replacement (Full Face / Contour)
Fat transfer is a great alternative to a traditional facelift. It also eliminates the signs of aging such as wrinkles, sunken appearance, and fine lines without going through an invasive surgical procedure. The fat that is harvested from different parts of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, gives the face an instant boost from within that results in plumper appearance and smoother, rejuvenated skin. The procedure requires conducting a liposuction to harvest fat and this is typically performed under local anaesthesia. The harvested fat will be purified using a centrifuge before being injected into different areas of the face, depending on the desired results. Recipient sites can include the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds.
Fat Transfer for Facial Rejuvenation
Facial rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure of enhancing the condition of the facial skin, increasing volume, and smoothing the surface by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. One of the ways to achieve this is through a fat transfer using autologous (own fat), which can be obtained from donor sites such as the buttocks, abdomen, and thighs. The fat, extracted through liposuction, is processed and purified before it is reintroduced into the recipient site, which can include the temples, brows, cheeks, and chin through grafting (layering of fat) or injecting where fat is used as a dermal filler. The entire procedure takes at least one hour including liposuction. Full recovery from both the procedures (liposuction and fat injection) takes about four days to a week.
Fat Transfer with Stem Cells (3 Areas)
Fat transfer with stem cell is a cosmetic procedure that aims to add volume to different parts of the body. Common treated areas are the face and hands. This procedure can also be performed to augment the lips, breasts, and buttocks depending on the amount of fat and stem cell that have been harvested from the patient’s body. The procedure starts with a liposuction wherein excess fat from different body parts are harvested using a cannula. Blood is also harvested from one arm and processed so the stem cells are separated while the remaining blood is sent back through an IV in the other arm. The processed fat and stem cells are then re-injected into the recipient sites to achieve the desired results.
A large hump on the nose is usually a result of excess bone or cartilage, which can be removed through a hump reduction surgery, also referred to as a rhinoplasty. If the hump is a result of excess bone, the bone will need to be removed. If it is a result of excess cartilage, the cartilage is shaved to reduce the size of the hump. If the hump is too large, the surgeon may opt to perform a radix graft procedure to lessen the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. A radix graft involves harvesting a piece of cartilage, usually from the septum, and placing it at the upper portion of the bridge between the eyes.
Labia Majora Laser Reduction
Saggy, loose skin or tissue on both sides of labia majora can be removed using laser. When compared to the traditional method that uses a scalpel, this procedure is less painful and minimizes recovery time. The procedure takes around 45-90 minutes and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. In most cases, a labia majora laser reduction surgery is considered as an outpatient procedure, which means the patient will be able to return home after spending 1 to 2 hours in the recovery room. Although most patients are able to walk normally after a full day’s rest, swelling can still be evident up to four weeks following the procedure. Patients are advised to apply ice on the area and take pain medications to reduce pain and swelling.
Labia Minora Reduction
Labia Minora Laser Reduction is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin of the labia minora and the clitoral hood (prepuce) to achieve a more desirable appearance. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will administer a general anesthetic so the patient will be asleep throughout the whole process. After marking the area with a special instrument, the surgeon uses a laser to excise the excess skin and closes the incision using sutures. If needed, the surgeon will also remove a part of the clitoral hood and close the wound using absorbable sutures. The patient will then be transferred to a recovery room where she will spend approximately two hours before being allowed to return home.
A lateral canthoplasty is a minimally invasive cosmetic outpatient procedure performed with the goal to extend the outer corner of the eyes to make them look wider. This procedure, which requires local anesthesia with sedation, is very popular among Asian patients who have a relatively wide face but with small eyes. During the procedure, incisions are made on the lateral part of the eye, reconstructing it to the desired look and width. The procedure is typically performed in conjunction with a double eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.
Lip Augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that aims to increase the size of the lips to make them more prominent, attractive, and appealing. The easiest way to achieve a plumper lip is by using fillers such as Restylane, Autologen, and collagen that immediately add volume. Another option is fat transfer, wherein the fat from other body parts such as the abdomen or thigh is suctioned and processed before it is injected into the lips. In some cases, implants like Gore-Tex are added. Before the actual procedure, the surgeon will first make an assessment and present all viable options, explaining each thoroughly to help patients make a well-informed decision.
Patients with overly large lips have the option to take advantage of lip reduction, a surgical procedure that aims to make the lips more proportional to the rest of the face. After making an initial assessment and administering local anesthesia with sedation, the procedure is performed by either making a small incision inside the lip to remove excess fat and skin or by using CO2 laser to remove the layers, which minimizes bleeding and discomfort. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the procedure may last from 20 to 40 minutes.
Liposuction (Anterior Thigh)
Just like the rest of the thighs, anterior thighs (front thighs) can accumulate fat, creating a less-proportioned and heavy-looking body. To shape the legs and reduce the appearance of cellulites, fat can be removed through liposuction. During the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the target site to minimize pain. A small incision is then made where a cannula attached to a liposuction machine is inserted. The cannula is moved in an in-and-out motion to break down the fat, making it easier to be suctioned. The incision is then sutured closed. Liposuction of the anterior thighs can be a part of a series of surgeries to shape the thighs.
Breast liposuction is considered as one of the effective ways of breast reduction and lift as the skin contracts and elevates with the loss of significant amount of fat. Surgeons usually implement tumescent liposuction, in which enough local anesthesia is injected into the tissue, making the area firmer, so bleeding is less. Very small incisions are made to accommodate equally small cannulas that help break down the fat, so it’s easier to suction by the machine. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, this technique reduces breast volume by as much as 50%, and since incisions are tiny, scars are hardly visible.
Hip liposuction is often carried out to help flatten the abdominal area and create some curves. Although it’s one of the most difficult places to suction, once successful, it creates the most drastic improvement in the body. The liposuction often covers the inner, outer, and upper flanks of the buttocks. After sedation and local anesthesia are applied, small incisions are made on the hips where the cannula is inserted. The steel tube then breaks down fat evenly with back-and-forth motions. Once the fat has been broken down, it is then suctioned. This procedure may be complemented with other treatments like cellulite removal for optimum results.
Liposuction (Lower + Upper Abdomen)
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat from different parts of the body, especially the upper and lower abdominal areas. Prior to performing an abdominal liposuction, the patient is usually administered a local anesthetic. However, general anesthesia, IV sedation or twilight anesthesia may also be used in some cases. The surgeon will then liquefy the fat to be removed by using chemicals, laser, or ultrasound. A cannula attached to a suction pump is then inserted into a small incision in the abdominal area to remove the liquefied fat. In most cases, the patient will be able to return to normal activities after a week following the procedure.
Liposuction (Medial Thighs)
Unlike other parts of the body, suctioning the fat of the inner or medial thighs requires more careful planning because of the quality of fat found in the area. The surgeon would usually advise the patient to be under general anesthesia while lying on the back to avoid dislodging the inserted tubes. The surgeon then uses very small cannulas (no more than 2.8mm in diameter) to break down the fat in increments and avoid unevenness or lumpiness. Inner thigh liposuction is often carried out with liposuction of the inner knees for a more even appearance. The procedure is more effective and highly recommended to patients with excellent skin elasticity. During the first few weeks of recovery, patients will be advised to wear compression garments for support. Meanwhile, pain and minor discomfort, which can be expected following the procedure, can be resolved with pain medication and moderate walking.
Liposuction Double Chin
Fat that builds up on the neck and chin is extremely difficult to remove even with the right diet and exercise. Patients who want to achieve a more defined facial contour, may opt to undergo a liposuction procedure to remove the stored fat in these areas. During the liposuction, the surgeon assesses how much fat has to be removed. Then, the patient is administered with local anesthesia followed by an incision underneath the chin. A small cannula is inserted through the incision, and using the liposuction machine, the stored fat is broken down and removed from the neck and chin. The incision is then sutured closed while a chin strap is worn for at least five days for support.
Lobule plasty is a minimally invasive procedure to repair torn earlobes due to injury or congenital defect. This is different from otoplasty, which refers to the reshaping of the ears. Lobule plasty takes only a few minutes and involves the administration of a local numbing medicine in the ears to minimize the pain. Using skin sutures, the torn earlobes are attached and sewn. The stitches stay for at least five days before they are removed. While the earlobes are healing, earrings should not be worn. Swelling is expected after the procedure. Meanwhile, pain and discomfort can be relieved with a topical ointment or pain relievers such as paracetamol.
A lower blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure intended to improve the appearance of lower eyelids by getting rid of eye bags and dark circles around the eyes that make a person look extremely tired. The procedure, which is performed under local anesthesia, is performed by removing excess skin and fat through an incision made either inside or outside the lower eyelid or below the lash line. Lower blepharoplasty is often performed along with upper eyelid surgery as well as skin resurfacing to achieve great results that provide the patient with younger-looking appearance. Swelling can be expected after the procedure but should resolve within 48 to 72 hours.
Lower Blepharoplasty with Mid Face Lift
A Mid Face lift is performed to pull the skin up and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, since it can affect the lower eyelids, Lower Blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery) is also typically carried out during the procedure. To perform a Lower Blepharoplasty, a general or local anesthesia is administered before an incision is made in the lower eyelid to minimize the visibility of scars. The skin is then flapped to reveal the tissues, which are then pulled and tightened. Fat buildup on the lower eyelid is also removed before the incision is sutured closed. Meanwhile, a mid facelift is performed by making an incision from the upper hairline to the front of the ear. This allows the surgeon to access the tissues underneath, which are then tightened. Excess skin and fat will be removed before the skin is re-draped on the face.
A medial epicanthoplasty is an invasive cosmetic surgical procedure involving the epicanthal fold, also referred to as the Mongoloid fold, which is the skin fold in the upper eyelid. If it is prominent, the fold can obstruct the inner corner of the eye, make the eyes appear shorter, or create a cross-eyed appearance. The condition is typically corrected with a popular technique called root Z, where very tiny incisions in Z pattern are made in the epicanthal fold to pull the skin structure toward the nose. A double eyelid surgery may be performed after to further improve the look of the eyes.
Mini Face Lift
Also referred to as a Weekend Lift or a Lifestyle Lift, a mini facelift is a cosmetic procedure performed to reduce sagging jowls and skin as well as minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Performed either local or general anesthesia, mini facelift requires making incisions starting in front of the ears to the hairline. This allows the surgeon to access the tissues that are then pulled upward and toward the ears. Excess skin and tissues are removed before the incision is sutured closed. Recovery time will depend on the patient’s general health although most are able to go back to their normal daily activities after 7 to 10 days.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck is usually performed when there’s excessive fat buildup in the lower part of the abdomen that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. It is recommended for patients who want to achieve a more toned abdominals and younger-looking skin in the area. During the procedure, a local or general anesthesia is administered before an incision just below the belly button is created. The skin is flapped to reveal the band of muscles (fascia), which are then pulled and tightened together. Excess fat and skin are then removed. The remaining skin is then stretched before the incision is sutured closed. Recovery time takes about four weeks although patients can go back to normal daily activities after 10 to 14 days.
Nostril and Alar Reduction
A Nostril and Alar Reduction procedure is usually performed on patients who have nostrils that are too wide and disproportionate to the nasal tip. There are several ways to perform the procedure and the surgeon will decide on what technique to use depending on the patient's unique circumstances. The surgeon may choose to narrow the nostrils by reducing the length of the nasal sidewalls, by reducing the overall size of the nostrils, or by correcting the asymmetry of the nostrils. Regardless of the technique used, the procedure will be performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. It usually takes around a week to recover from the procedure, including the removal of sutures and the time it takes for swelling and bruising to subside.
Ptosis correction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat on the upper eyelid to either achieve a younger-looking appearance or improve eyesight. After administering local anaesthesia and sedation, the surgeon continues by creating an incision in the natural fold of the skin to remove excess fat and skin. The muscles in the area will also be tightened. The surgery is relatively quick but results in swelling and blurry vision for about a week after the procedure. Cold compresses and pain medication will be prescribed, as well as eye lubricants to address dry eyes and blurry vision.
Ptosis Correction - Frontalis Sling Surgery
Eyelid ptosis (or droopy eyelids) usually happens when the muscles of the upper eyelids have become severely weak or stretched out that they can no longer lift the eyelids properly. To correct the problem, a Frontalis Transfer is performed, which is a sling procedure that involves the use of the frontalis muscle of the forehead to help lift the eyelids and provide support for the diseased muscles. A sling or a loop material is stitched to the skin of the eyelids just atop the lashes and eyebrow. Once the thread is tightened, the lid is lifted each time the forehead muscles move. This procedure may be carried out along with blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery).
Patients who are not happy with the results of their eyelid surgery may opt to undergo revision blepharoplasty, which is a corrective cosmetic procedure that could be more complicated than the initial surgery. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will first conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify the issues that need to be corrected. Common complaints include patient’s inability to close their eyes completely, and the shapes of the eyes are not symmetric. If the problem was due to the fact that too much skin was removed during the first surgery, revision blepharoplasty would involve harvesting tissues to correct the problem.
Also referred to as Secondary Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic in-office surgical procedure carried out to correct errors or complications caused by primary (first-time) rhinoplasty. Depending on the patient’s specific concerns, this procedure may entail the reduction of edema (swelling), improvement of the nasal tip, fixing of the nasal bone that may have been fractured, decreasing the appearance of scars, or restoring the function of the nose. Prior to the procedure, plastic surgeons at StemCells21 will conduct a thorough examination to identify the root cause of the problem before presenting the patient with a treatment plan.
Rhinoplasty Augmentation with Dermal Fat Graft
Rhinoplasty is a process of reshaping or contouring the nose, so it looks more attractive, proportional to the face, or functional. During the procedure, parts of the cartilage and tissues may be removed. If the patient desires to further improve the previous rhinoplasty, the surgeon may recommend using dermal fat graft, which is a portion of the skin that is removed from the donor site like the ears, ribs, and septum. The graft helps add more tissue and support to the nose, especially the nasal bridge. It may also be combined with implants, which can be placed on the nasal tip.
Rhinoplasty Augmentation with Implant
A nose job, sometimes called Rhinoplasty, can be performed by using dermal fat graft (using autologous skin tissue to add more support to the nasal bridge) or an implant. The material may be added to the bridge or the nasal tip to give the entire nose a more attractive shape and size. To perform the procedure, general anesthesia is often administered before small incisions are made inside the nostrils to make the scars less visible. The cartilage is then accessed, and the implant added. A splint will be used for support while the nose will be bandaged for a week following the procedure. Swelling and bruising are to be expected but should be resolved within 7 to 10 days.
Scar revision refers to different techniques used in improving the appearance of the scars, making them less visible or prominent, and in some cases, in enhancing the function of the affected part of the body such as the limbs. The options include skin grafting where a portion of a skin tissue with blood supply is removed from any site of the body and attached to the recipient site. Non-surgical procedures are also available and include laser resurfacing that encourages collagen synthesis, promoting better skin texture. For minor scars, chemical peeling, which can range from mild to deep peeling, is often used to stimulate the growth of new, younger-looking skin.
A silhouette facelift is a noninvasive, nonsurgical alternative to a traditional facelift that offers the same results without lengthy recovery time. Performed under local anesthesia, it uses an absorbable suture that anchors itself to the tissues to gradually lift the skin. It is performed by making a very small incision below the hairline and in front of the ears. The absorbable thread is then inserted and then pulled to tighten and lift the skin. The surgeon then closes the incision. The entire procedure takes only about an hour, and the results are instant.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer (Hands Rejuvenation)
While they may not be always obvious, the hands are some of the parts of the body that can show signs of aging due to old age, stress, and long-term exposure to the sun. To smoothen the hand’s surface and reduce the presence of large prominent veins, a stem cell enriched fat transfer may be carried out. This involves using the person’s own fat to act as dermal fillers, adding more volume to certain parts of the body such as the hands. The fat is then processed to collect enriching and stem cells. Once injected, the cells would generate more collagen to improve skin texture.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer Breasts Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to increase the size of the breasts. Initially, the procedure required the use of breast implants, especially when the patient desires larger sized breasts. However, for patients who require minimal changes and who prefer not to use implants, a procedure called stem cell enriched breast augmentation is usually recommended. In this procedure, the surgeon will first harvest fat from the patient’s own body, usually in the abdomen or thighs via liposuction. The harvested fat will then be processed in a centrifuge to remove the impurities. The remaining stem cell enriched fat will then be injected into different parts of the breast using fine needles to achieve the desired results.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer Buttock Augment
Buttock augmentation is a surgical procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of a patient’s buttocks by increasing its size. In the past, buttock augmentation was performed using implants. However, surgeons have developed a better method to achieve the desired results by using the patient’s own fat instead of synthetic implants. In a stem cell enriched fat transfer, the surgeon will first perform liposuction to harvest fat from the abdominal area, or other areas that have excess fat. The harvested fat will then be processed to remove impurities leaving only stem cell enriched fat. This fat is then injected into the buttocks to achieve the desired results.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer Correction (Soft Tissue Deformity)
Autologous Fat Transfer was first performed in 1893 to treat adhesive scars due to childhood tuberculosis. Since then, the procedure has evolved in many ways, including the addition of enriched stem cells when transferring fat. Although fat transfer was initially considered an aesthetic surgical procedure, it is now commonly used for reconstructive purposes, such as correcting soft tissue deformities. The procedure involves harvesting fat from another area of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen. The harvested fat is processed through a centrifuge to separate non-useable cells. The remaining stem cell enriched fat is then reintroduced to the patient’s body to correct the deformity.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer Volume Replacement (Full Face / Contour)
There are many signs of aging, and one of these is the gradual loss of fat volume on the face usually due to the decreasing production of collagen. Not only does this create a sunken tired look, but it also makes wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines more noticeable. While several kinds of dermal fillers and a face lift may help, many surgeons choose stem cell fat transfer where the patient’s own fat is harnessed to generate cells that promote collagen production, better or new vascular construction, and increase in fat volume. Common fat donors via liposuction are the buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, or hips.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer for Forehead, Temporals, Cheeks, Lips Augmentation
There are many ways to enhance certain facial features such as the lips and cheeks, as well as to reduce the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines on the face and forehead. These include a fat transfer with stem cell generation. In this process, the patient’s own body fat is harnessed to obtain stem and enrichment cells that help restore the aging skin or add more volume into the body part (augmentation). This is delivered like dermal filler, where droplets of fat are introduced into the skin tissues and are evenly distributed. To obtain the fat, a tumescent liposuction is often performed.
Stem Cell Enriched Fat Transfer for Lower Lid, Upper Lid, Brow, Nasolabial, Chin Augmentation
Improvements on the chin, lower and upper eyelids, brows, and the nasolabial folds can help reduce the signs of aging. These can be accomplished by using autologous fat transfer with stem cells. During the procedure, fat is first harvested through traditional tumescent liposuction. The fat is then processed to separate the cells and enhance its purity. The fat with stem cells can then be injected directly into the affected area like dermal filler. Depending on the area treated, several injections may be required.
Submental liposuction refers to the removal of the fatty tissues underneath the chin, near the jowls and a part of the neck through suctioning. It is an in-office but relatively short cosmetic procedure that lasts for about an hour. A small incision is made under the chin where a micro cannula is inserted. The cannula helps break down the fat so it’s easier to suction using a machine that is connected to it. A contouring technique is then carried out to further improve the shape and appearance of the face without harming the upper layer of the skin. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and its effects are permanent.
Submental plasty is a minimally invasive cosmetic technique that removes unwanted fat deposits below the chin, jowl, and upper neck. It is performed with the use of a small tube designed to suction fatty tissues, which is inserted through a small incision below the chin. Submental plasty is performed under local anesthesia and takes about an hour or less to complete depending on the amount of fat to be removed. The procedure often entails cosmetic contouring and sculpting to enhance the shape of the chin and neck, and avoid sagging or wrinkling in the treated area. Full recovery from the procedure takes a couple of weeks.
Temporal Brow Lift
A temporal brow lift is one of the techniques used to lift the brow, tighten the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is especially popular among older patients who don’t want to go through a more extensive brow lift procedure. In this procedure, the patient is provided with general anesthesia before a few small incisions are created on the temple close to the scalp and the forehead to minimize scar visibility. The skin is then lifted away from the bone and fat, pulled up with the excess skin removed, and attached again to the rest of the structure. Patients can expect swelling and bruising particularly around the eyes following the procedure, but these should subside after two weeks.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin in the lower eyelid to achieve a younger-looking, fresher appearance. Unlike traditional eyelid surgery, transconjunctival blepharoplasty allows the surgeon easy access to the deep plane tissues for more precise adjustments to the patient’s orbital fat. This procedure is ideal for patients who still have elastic and supple skin because it does not require deeper and extensive incisions to access the tissues and muscles. Scarring is minimal, but the patient will experience swelling and soreness in the area for about a week.
Also referred to as an upper eyelid surgery, an upper blepharoplasty is an outpatient cosmetic procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat that obstruct vision and in many cases, to achieve a younger-looking appearance. During the procedure, an incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid that allows the surgeon to access and remove weak muscles and excess fat using electrocautery. The incisions are then sutured closed. Recovery takes about a couple of weeks but patients are able to go back to their normal daily activities after 5-7 days.