Stem Cell Facelift – Do the Results Match the Hype?

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A recent New York Times article examines the legitimacy of doctors' claims that stem cell facelifts effectively reduce the visual signs of aging. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills is skeptical of the anecdotal evidence reported to date.

Dr. Simon Ourian demonstrated non-surgical mini-facelift on Fox TV's Good Day L.A.

Dr. Simon Ourian demonstrated non-surgical mini-facelift on Fox TV's Good Day L.A.

According to an April 3, 2013 New York Times article, "stem cell facelift" is a term that may be misleading. Traditional facelift procedures require surgery that involves cutting, lifting and stitching sagging skin. The stem cell facelift is entirely non-surgical and utilizes enhanced fat injections to restore lost facial volume (Go to:

As reported by the Times, the stem cell facelift harvests fat from the thigh, stomach or other area with excess fat, then separates out stem cells to boost the effectiveness of injections around the eyes, the hollows of the cheeks or another part of the face that is lacking volume. For stem cell facelift opponents, the main issue is not necessarily stem cell use. Rather, they simply claim that all success is anecdotal and cannot be attributed directly to the stem cells.

“I definitely fall into the skeptics’ camp,” says Dr. Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Until there is verifiable, scientific data I don’t plan on introducing this procedure to my practice and patients.”

The article goes on to say that some are skeptical, believing that many doctors who promise great results simply remove fat, spin it a bit in a centrifuge and inject it into the face. This line of thinking considers the treatment a form of decades-old fat grafting, and that the stem cells that happen to be included in the extracted fat are merely “going along for the ride.”

“I don’t believe the physicians currently offering the treatment have any intent to deceive their patients,” says Dr. Ourian. “According to the article, they have gotten good results and are willing to move forward on that basis.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about the stem cell facelift can be found on Epione’s website.

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