Nation's First Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Targets the Powerful Potential of Stem Cells to Advance Facial Rejuvenation Technology

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Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Henry Mentz spearheads construction of innovative center that will harness stem cell technology in facial fat grafting procedures.

Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Henry Mentz is spearheading the construction of an innovative new facial rejuvenation center that will harness stem cell technology and its potential benefits. Fat grafting procedures that utilize stem cell rich fat grafts will be the focal point at the surgeon's RESET Center (Rejuvenation through Stem-Cell Enriched Transfers) which is targeted to open in Houston, Texas in 2011.

The award-winning plastic surgeon has been actively working with one of the nation's leading stem cell researchers to mobilize the powerful characteristics of these unique cells to potentially advance the rejuvenation benefits of facial fat grafting procedures. Though no current research has conclusively proven stem cells' rejuvenating value in facial cosmetic surgery, the cells' capacity to regenerate and repair tissue may enable them to improve the skin's tone and texture.

The primary goal of RESET procedures is to diminish the appearance of aging by utilizing fat grafts to fill in wrinkles and to restore the volume and contours that characterize a youthful face. As part of the aging process, the face becomes more lean and hollow in its structure, so that the cheeks, temples and undereye areas often become more sunken and flattened in appearance.

An aged facial appearance can be partially attributed to the erosion of facial fat which takes place around the age of 42, said Dr. Mentz. "In our 20s, we tend to have rounder faces because of baby fat. Around the ages of 29 through 32, the facial architecture becomes more defined, but the face still retains a softness; it's an elegant youthfulness. A transition takes place in the late 30s to early 40s, and people start to lean out and get more hollow."

RESET, he said, returns a supple, youthful look to the face by strategically rebuilding its youthful contours through fat grafts. "It's volume restoration to get you back to that 29-year-old softness."

During the one to two hour RESET procedure, fat is liposuctioned from donor areas such the abdomen and thighs. A special process is then used to concentrate the stem cells to be used in the fat grafts. Dr. Mentz.will be partnering with his nurse practitioner, Renee Arriaga, RN, MSN, FNP to offer the volume restoration procedure. Arriaga, who will be one of the few nurse practitioners in the nation trained to perform the procedure, has worked closely with Dr. Mentz at his Houston, Texas practice to learn and implement the technique. Dr. Mentz will perform the procedure at his private AAAASF-certified surgical facility, while Arriaga will perform RESET under local anesthesia in an office-setting at the RESET Center.

Sherri Lopez
ACPS Communications Director
Henry Mentz, MD, FACS, FICS

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