January 17, 2011
From sound waves to stem cells: Face rejuvenation treatments of the future
South Florida doctors are using a growing array of procedures — from fat injections to stem cells — to help rejuvenate your face.
Are the years taking a toll on your face?
South Florida doctors have an ever-growing arsenal of youth-enhancing procedures to help turn back time for savvy patients.
“Twenty years ago, there was only one remedy for facial aging, [facelifts] ,” said Dr. Stephan Baker, a Coral Gables plastic surgeon and spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Today we have a whole spectrum of how we can approach aging.”
Injectable dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, as well as muscle relaxers like Botox and Dysport, have become the most popular methods today to add volume, smooth wrinkles and enhance youthfulness, doctors say.
But some South Florida plastic surgeons and dermatologists are expanding their repertoire to include new options, such as injecting fat or stem cells into the face, as well as using ultrasound technology to tighten sagging skin. “I’m doing a lot of fat,” said Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a Miami plastic surgeon and spokesman for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, who is using fat as a natural way to add volume to the face. As we age, we tend to lose fat from the face, as well as from the hands, derriere and breasts, Mendieta said.