stem cells in aesthetic procedures

Opera Lift by Dr. Lewis Obi

A review of filler options for patients

Thursday September 4th, 2014

The first major text book dedicated to the aesthetic uses of stem cells will be published in October of 2014: Stem Cells in Aesthetic Procedures….Art, Science and Clinical Techniques by Melvin A. Shiffman, Alberto Di Guseppe, Franco Bassetto (Springer publications). Dr. Lewis Obi wrote chapter 29 entitled –Specialized Stem Cell Transfer to the Face”

stem cell transfer to the face

Above is a long term result after a 90 minute procedure using stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) from the patients own fat and blood. In contrast to the so called Vampire Lift which uses a synthetic filler and PRP, the Opera Lift is a totally different procedure. The big difference is that the Opera Lift uses an all natural filler (large volume fat) and PRP with a potential for long term results.

stem cell large volume extraction

Also, the PRP used with the Opera Lift is a FDA approved surgical grade system, manufactured by Arteriocyte Medical Systems. Our Magellan PRP unit is totally enclosed and produces the highest quality of PRP in the industry.

magellan prp processing unit

To insure patient safety, all of these larger volume injections are performed in our licensed surgery center.

Synthetic fillers, as used in the Vampire lift, should not be injected close to the eye sockets. In contrast, our Adivive processed fat & PRP are routinely injected around the eyes safely and with a potential for prolonged results.

adivive PRP before and after

The recent introduction of Voluma has provided the plastic surgeon with longer lasting fillers (up to 2 years) without the need for PRP (below).

adivive PRP before and after adivive PRP before and after

B&A Two Syringes of Voluma to mid face

The cost for Voluma is $800 for one syringe and $1500 for two. Fees for large volume processed fat to the face ranges from $3500 to $5500 depending on the volume and the addition of PRP. A specialized technique of adding stem cells to processed fat is known as CAL (Cell Augment