Plastic surgery and stem cells technology are two medical fields that are progressively becoming intertwined. Over the past several years, there have been exciting developments that could help improve the lives of people with cosmetic deformities and terminal and congenital diseases.
However, plastic surgery and stem cells technology is still in the infancy stage and up to this point experts are still deciding how and when to apply this method in clinical practice.
Stem cells, as suggested by leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley, are noted for their capability to turn into another type of cell, thus their application in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery is almost infinite once their “core nature” and “power” have been harnessed and deeply understood.
In Dr. Smiley’s recent Snapchat video post, he has explained the impact of stem cells on the results of Brazilian butt lift, which in essence is buttock augmentation via fat transfer. In this procedure, excess fats are collected from two or more donor sites through liposuction, which are later purified and re-injected into the patient’s backside.
Because the procedure does not entail the use of artificial prosthesis, such as the case of butt implant surgery, it is perceived to be safer and more natural looking.
After collecting the fats from the donor sites, Dr. Smiley said it is of critical importance to purify them, i.e., remove the blood and other unnecessary materials. The goal, he further explained, is to get the healthiest fats that can survive long term once transferred to the buttocks.
Purified fats are loaded with stem cells, which he said “can promote high survival rate.” Nonetheless, he slightly “over-corrects” the re-injection process because some of the transferred fats will not survive despite best efforts.
“My goal is to achieve a survival rate of at least 70 percent. For this reason, during the initial weeks or months the patients may notice that their backside is swollen or slightly bigger for their liking. However, the long-term results are almost always satisfying,” Dr. Smiley said.
“The 70 percent that survives in the first 3-6 months will persist long term,” he added.