Some time ago, when we first started offering aesthetic interventions with autologous stem cells such as breast augmentation with stem cells, I predicted that in the near future stem cells could also be used for regeneration. And that anti-aging medicine and the treatment of chronic diseases would benefit alike. I promised you that I would keep you informed of new developments in this exciting field. And now that is what has happened: as one of the first centers in Europe to do so, we are able to offer you regenerative therapies with autologous stem cells from fat tissue!
Autologous (the body’s own) stem cells hardly age at all and have the capability of regenerating and rejuvenating the body’s organs and tissues. This has been known for years, and these findings are used in anti-aging therapy as well as for the treatment of degenerative and chronic diseases as well as in aesthetic surgery. Fatty tissue is the most important “autologous storehouse” of these precious cells; the density of stem cells in fatty tissue is much higher than in bone marrow, for example.
Regenerative stem cell therapy requires the suctioning of a small amount of fat. Next after having undergone suitable preparation the stem cells are isolated and then injected. Owing to the large quantity of stem cells in fatty tissue, unlike stem cells obtained from bone marrow or from the blood in the umbilical cord, stem cells obtained from fatty tissue do not need to be propagated artificially in the laboratory! Once the stem cells have been harvested and isolated, they can either be injected systemically or locally into a specific organ or tissue, as has been indicated. The stem cells can also be frozen and stored for future use.
The intervention is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and takes around 2 hours. The amount of fat suctioned depends on the desired dose of stem cells. Generally a small quantity of fat suffices for obtaining the required dose of stem cells, which is done by means of a complex laboratory procedure. In the normal case of intravenous administration, the stem cells find the way to those building sites in the body where their regenerative and curative effect is needed on their own.
As a general rule the therapeutic effect manifests itself a few weeks after the application. The rejuvenating and regenerative effect of stem cells leads to noticeable and measurable improvements in looks, vitality, and organ functions, which can assume the nature of an overall rejuvenation.
This stem cell therapy can be administered either alone or in combination with Hormonal Regeneration® (a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) and is one of the most promising contributions from aesthetic medicine to anti-aging medicine and medicine in general!
In the past we used to throw away the liposuctioned fat. Nowadays, however, we realize that it truly contains something akin to the elixir of life.
DDr. Heinrich, MD