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What is Stem Cell Lipo-Transplantation?

This is a treatment procedure involving the transplantation of stem cells from the patient’s adipose tissues into his/her skin. It helps aging skin that has lost its elasticity look young again, and improves dull-looking skin. Adipose-derived stem cells secrete large amounts of various growth factors, collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are components of the extracellular matrix (ECM). This treatment procedure is applied across the regenerative medicine fields including skin improvement, scar treatments and fat graft.

What are Stem Cells?

Generally speaking, once tissue cells have become specialized, they can only divide into an identical cell type, and cannot differentiate into any other type of tissue cells. However, stem cells, on the other hand, have the potential to differentiate into all kinds of tissue cells, based on the signals they receive from their surrounding environment.

The primary role of stem cells is to replace and restore damaged tissues. It is thanks to their presence that our blood and skin can constantly be renewed and restored. Of the stem cells present all throughout the body, it is the stem cells in the adipose tissues that are collected for use in dermatological procedures.

Characteristics of Adipose-derived Stem Cell Transplantation

1. Fundamental improvement of the skin

Stem cells which give rise to adult cells are injected to fundamentally improve the skin. The adipose-derived stem cells that are transplanted produce a wide variety of growth factors and extracellular matrix (ECM) components. They boast high survival rate after being transplanted subcutaneously, and provide skin improvement effects (incl. whitening and firmness). The survival rate of stem cells is boosted by simultaneous grafting of fat tissues, and this further enhances volume and effectiveness.

2. Safe procedure

Because the stem cells are derived from the patient’s own fat tissue, there are no risks of an unwanted immune response or side effects.

3. Simple procedure

Large amounts of stem cells can be collected in a relatively easy and simple manner. Fat tissues are obtained from the abdomen and thighs to reduce the fat volume in those areas, and the adipose-derived stem cells are injected for skin improvement effects. So, basically, you are catching two birds with one stone!

Candidate for Treatment

  • To make scars fade
  • To increase the volume and elasticity of the skin
  • To improve wrinkles and fine lines
  • To brighten the skin tone
  • To tighten the enlarged pores
  • To alleviate stretch marks

Adipose-derived Stem Cell Transplantation Procedure

Step 1. Collection of fat tissues under local anesthesia

Step 2. Centrifugation and treatment of adult stem cells obtained from the fat tissues

Step 3. Quality control (sterility, endotoxin and cell count tests)

Step 4. Adipose-derived stem cell transplantation

Precautions

① Try not to smoke or drink alcoholic beverages a week before the treatment. If you have a previous condition or in-taking medication, please do consult with the doctor beforehand.

② Patients who take anticoagulant medication or suffer from chronic illness, anemia, fever or liver failures are inhibited from being subjects of the treatment.