Nasolabial folds - I want a more permanent solution, maybe stem cell lift? (Photo)
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Treatment of nasolabial folds
Dermal fillers are the gold standard for temporary treatment of nasolabial folds, just like the ones you posted in your picture.
At your young age, I would avoid a facelift procedure. The incisions for a facelift are way out by the ear and will provide a minimal change to your nasolabial fold.
I think what you meant by "stem cells", was transferring fat. Fat transfer to the nasolabial fold is usually more expensive than dermal fillers, and the results can be unpredictable. With that being said, I perform fat grafting to the face and nasolabial fold frequently.
The procedure is called a nasolabial subcision. The subcision procedure will release the tethering of the nasolabial fold from the underlying musculature. After wire subcision, I will "fill the gap" with fat. This provides a permanent improvement in the nasolabial fold. There are no scars on the face, and the procedure is done under local anesthesia in the office.
Before any procedure, a one-on-one consultation is necessary.
I hope this helps.
- Dr. Bryson G. Richards, MD
Nasolabial Folds and Flat Cheeks
Face lift with or without stem cells
Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon whom you life and have a detailed consultation about your facial changes and what can be done to improve them.
There is definitely evidence that tissues come down off the cheek starting in women's late twenties.
So see what is likely to give you the best result.
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Again, I would need to see more photos, but fat grafting or Voluma could possibly give you a nice result. The result you receive would depend upon the expertise of the provider. Too often people end up with faces too full, with material placed in an unnatural manner with both Voluma and Fat. Look at many many photos, check the background of your doctor, and then have consultations. Remember, be conservative!
Stem cell facelift? Better options
Nasolabial fold in a young patient
You have options. Fillers such a Perlane would make sense. If you likes this temporary filler, a more long term option such as fat grafting or Artefill would be a logical progression.
Midface Lift and Fat Grafting are Good Long Term Solutions
As for stem cell procedures, stay away.... for now. The hype far exceeds the science.
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