THE NANOSTEM PROCEDURE
As we age, our skin and subdermal tissue loosen and stretch, causing us to look older. Loosening of the skin, or skin laxity, can be caused by genetics, wear-and-tear, sun damage, diet, and our environment. No matter what, we lose about 1% of our total collagen and elastin every year after the age of 30.
The Nanostem procedure is a combination skin tightening treatment designed and developed by Dr. Kami Parsa which combines Morpheus8 radiofrequency (RF) microneedling or Co2 laser with nanofat injections.
Using RF or CO2 laser resurfacing to deliver heat to the skin and subdermal tissue while at the same time microneedling nanofat (which has a concentration of Mesenchymal stem cells) allow for a regenerative skin tightening never possible before. After performing hundreds of these procedures at his clinic, Dr. Parsa has perfected his protocol based on skin and skin concerns.
THE NANO STEM PROCEDURE FAQS
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROFAT AND NANO FAT
When fat is liposuctioned from the body, the first aspirate is called microfat. Microfat has a high volume of fat cells which can be used to revolumize the face. Microfat is great for volume replacement.
Nanofat is derived from the microfat through a process of emulsification and filtration. Emulsifying and filtering microfat results in a liquid high in stem cells (AKA nanofat).
Nanofat has a high concentration of stem cells. When injected into the face, stem cells have great regenerative and healing properties. Activated nanofat cells have the potential to become fat cells, muscle cells and bone cells. Meaning, nanofat can restore shrunken tissues and volume loss that we lose due to aging. The stem cells are activated or “turned on” by the messenger substances released by injured cells during the nanofat injections. Possibly even more important than the stem cells are the many types of growth factors that are released from emulsified fat. Growth factors can help increase blood supply, collagen production, elastin production, and improved healing.
- WHAT IS THE NANOSTEM PROCEDURE?
The Nanostem procedure utilizes the heat generated from radiofrequency such as Morpheus 8 or co2 laser resurfacing combined with nano fat injections. Nanofat has a high concentration of stem cells to achieve skin rejuvenation results never seen before.
- WHAT CONDITIONS CAN NANOSTEM TREAT
This procedure is great for general skin tightening, skin aging, finelines, smoker’s lines, crepey skin, scars, and even in some cases of malar edema.
- WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
As a stand-alone procedure, we can perform this under local anesthesia with oral sedation. For this, we premedicate with oral pain medications and apply a numbing cream for 45 to 60 minutes prior to the procedure. We also have pronox (laughing gas) available for patients who may need it. If we combine the Nanostem procedure with our Trifecta or Quadfecta lift, then the procedure is performed under a light general anesthesia.
- WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE NANOSTEM PROCEDURE?
On the day of the procedure, numbing is applied to the abdomen or flanks and then fat is removed with a thin microcannula. While the microfat and nanofat is being processed, the face is numbed with a numbing cream and local anesthetic block. Morpheus or co2 laser resurfacing is first performed to the face to deliver heat to skin and subdermal tissue. Following this the nano fat is injected with micro-needles. Patients should have a ride to and from the office.
The area from where the fat was harvested is usually minimally tender for a few days after the procedure, unless larger amounts of fat are obtained. Facial bruising and swelling can vary from none, with nanofat injections, to moderate, with a full fat transfer, depending on the individual.
- I HAVE DARK SKIN, CAN I DO THIS OR IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE?
For patients with darker skin tone we use Morpheus 8 to deliver the heat followed by injection of nano fat stem cells.
- PRE AND POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS.
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- WHAT IS THE DOWN TIME?
Most patients will need one week of down time. The most important thing is avoiding sun exposure.
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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