Italian surgeon unveils stem cell facelift pictures


Dr. Renato Calabria, pioneer of the Stem-Cell Enhanced Facelift has unveiled before and after pictures of the procedure he performed in Florence, Italy earlier this Spring. While it’s still early, the results will only get better over time!

Here Dr Calabria explains the procedure:

For decades plastic surgeons have been looking to restore a more youthful look on the face. Surgical techniques have been improving, newer lasers have been used in order to achieve a goal that seemed unreachable. Comparing the post-operative results with the pictures of the patients when they were younger, it appeared that there was something missing: a younger face had more volume and the skin just looked fresher.

Dr. Calabria always thought that with the advent of stem cell research, plastic surgery could beneficiate from it. Using stem cell as a mean to jump start the regenerative process in our own body was definitely a very attractive proposition.

We knew that the fat in our body contained adult stem cell along with other regenerative cells. Dr. Calabria has been using fat grafting ( therefore containing adult stem cells) on the face with the distinct purpose to rejuvenate the skin and adding volume.

But was not till the develop of a new device, the Celution Device, that facial rejuvenation could taken to the next level and finally create a really amazing result.

Dr.Calabria has called this new way of the future the “cell-enhanced face lift”.

The (stem) cell-enhanced face lift is a new procedure used to volumizing the face and create a more youthful look.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria believes that traditional face lift should be a thing of the past: they caused the so called “wind tunnel “look by pulling tight the skin in the wrong direction. Adding volume to the face has always been Dr. Calabria’s goal. First with the Vertical Face lift, by moving the patient’s own tissues in a vertical direction and therefore repositioning it to the original and more natural position, Dr Calabria has been creating a more youthful look. And now with the (stem) cell-enhanced face lift, Dr. Calabria think he has definitely found the answer.

The (stem) Cell-Enhanced face lift not only restores the volume in the face but also adds regenerative cells which are believed to be beneficial to the rejuvenation process.

Dr. Calabria has developed a technique by which the cells are injected into the SMAS and underneath the facial musculature to create a more youthful volume adding result.

The (stem) cell-enhanced face lift combines soft tissue that is transferred from one part of the body to the face with the patient’s own adipose tissue-derived stem cells and regenerative cells.

The technique first consists of harvesting the cells ( Usually from the lower abdomen). Liposuctioned fat is rich with regenerative cells which include adult stem cells, blood vessel producing cells, growth factor secreting cells. Once the fat is harvested, it is treated through a device to isolate the cells.

Celution® Technology – How it Works
First, adipose tissue is taken from the patient by a low volume tissue collection procedure. Next, the collected tissue is placed in the Celution® Device, which processes each patient’s tissue with a single-use, application-specific consumable set that easily attaches to the Celution® Device.

The Celution® Device liberates the stem and regenerative cells from the adipose matrix; the cells are then separated, washed, and concentrated in the collection container. This real-time processing takes place in a closed environment to minimize the risk of exposure to contaminants and can be completed within the timeframe of a single surgical procedure.

Next, a syringe is used to collect the cells that are to be redelivered to the same patient. The cells may be injected directly into a site or implanted with a delivery matrix or scaffold to improve performance, such as combining the cells with an adipose tissue graft in reconstructive surgery procedures.

Following re-infusion into the body, it is thought that environmental cues from the damaged and surrounding tissue guide the stem and regenerative cells to the area of damage and help facilitate a natural healing response. The cells may respond by a variety of mechanisms, which promote tissue survival, graft retention, and/or differentiation of progenitor cells into the appropriate cell type.

Then, during the face lift, the regenerative cells tissue embedded in fat is then gently placed with a blunt cannula in layers of facial tissues like the SMAS, under the muscles, etc…. Once the fat is placed, symmetry is checked and then the skin is redraped and approximated, the excess skin excised and then anchored in a vertical direction and closed in layers. The key is to place this regenerative tissue in a precise location in order to enhance the volume of the face in areas previously volume deprived.

After the cell-enhanced face lift, the patient exhibits a dramatic improvement not only in the underlying soft tissue contouring of the face but the skin itself. The growth factors contained in these cells induce the skin and the other tissues to produce more cells of their own by basically initiating a signal to the local stem cells as well as the transplanted adult stem cells to restore them self and multiply.

Others techniques of stem cell face lift inject the cells directly in the face,( without surgery) but in Dr. Calabria’s opinion is not as effective in voluminizing the face that the cell-enhanced ( stem cell) face lift and it does not address the laxity of the skin.

Also the cells have not been isolated with the celution device which Dr. Calabria thinks is essential to the final result.

The regenerative cells, by secreting growth hormone and other factors, are also beneficial to create a more youthful look, diminishing the aging process. The procedure restores the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as skin tightness and evens out color irregularities caused by aging and sun damage.

The cell-enhanced (stem cell) face lift is the new frontier of face lifting and Dr. Calabria is definitely writing a new chapter in facial rejuvenation.

The Celution device is not available in the US yet but has been approved for clinical use in Europe and it is available in Dr. Calabria’s Milan and Rome locations and he will bring the technology to the U.S. as soon as next year.

Find more information on Dr Calabria’s website

Facelift diva wanted for UK primetime TV

London: Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever before and a positive experience for most when carried out by professional with a track record. Have you had facial cosmetic surgery? A TV company working on a documentary about anti-ageing products and cosmetic surgery would like to interview you about your experience.

You must be willing to talk about your surgery on camera. Please contact us with your details, including your phone contact at

UK demand for cosmetic surgery continues to grow


London: The number of people choosing cosmetic surgery continues to increase in the UK, with 32, 453 procedures carried out by members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2007.

This figure is an increase of 12.2% from 2006, when 28,921 were performed.

Facelifts had the largest increase among all procedures, rising by 36% (4,468 procedures carried out) from 2006, keeping its place as the 4th most popular procedure.

Women had 29,572 procedures in 2007, up from 26,469 the previous year. The majority of cosmetic surgery was carried out on women (91%), while male surgery increased by 17.5% with 2,881 surgical procedures carried out (2,452 procedures in 2006).

* The top procedure for women continues to be breast augmentation, with 6,497 carried out

* Rhinoplasty continued to be the top procedure for men, with 716 undertaken by BAAPS members, a 36% increase from last year – but by far the most impressive percentage rise was in the number of male abdominoplasty procedures (or ‘tummy tucks), which went up by 61%

* Liposuction for men increased by 18% and is now the 2nd most popular procedure for males, taking over the spot from eyelid surgery (now 3rd most popular)

* Male breast reduction has risen by 27% with 224procedures achieved in 2007 (177 procedures in 2006)

* The number of women having facelifts increased by 37%, making it now the 3rd most popular procedure for females (pushing Liposuction down to 4th most popular)

* Other Anti-ageing procedures (eyelid surgery and brow lifts) continued to show a steady rise in popularity for both men and women, increasing by 13% and 11% overall

Mr Douglas McGeorge, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS said: “This year’s audit clearly reflects the UK’s continued acceptance of aesthetic surgery, particularly in the area of anti-aging. Wide media coverage has helped to educate the public about the latest advances and choices available, but it is crucial that people do their research carefully when choosing a provider. At the BAAPS we are committed to continue educating those considering cosmetic plastic surgery by providing independent advice that promotes sensible decision-making.”

The figures in full:

A total of 32,453 procedures were carried out in 2007 by BAAPS members in their private practices, compared to 28,921 in 2006. The 2007 results indicate that surgical numbers continue to grow, with a 12.2% rise over the previous year.

The top surgical procedures for men & women in 2007 were, in order of popularity:

Breastaugmentation: 6,497 – up 6% from last year
Blepharoplasty(eyelid surgery): 5,706 – up 13%
Liposuction: 4,572 – up 15%
Face/NeckLift: 4,468 – up 36%
Breast Reduction: 3,402 – up 6%
Rhinoplasty: 3,021 – up 13%
Abdominoplasty: 2,799 – up 2%
Otoplasty(ear correction): 1,024 – up 9%
Browlifts 964– up 11%

Women had 91% of all cosmetic procedures in 2007 (29,572, up from 26,469 in 2006). The top five surgical procedures for women in 2006 were: breast augmentation (6,487), blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery (5,148 – up 13% on last year), face/neck lift (4,238, an impressive rise of 37%), liposuction (3,990 – up 15%), and breast reduction (3,178).

Men had 2,881 cosmetic procedures in 2007. The top five surgical procedures for men in 2007 were: rhinoplasty (716), liposuction (582), eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty (558), ear correction or otoplasty (418), and face/neck lift (230 – rise of 21%).

Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS Secretary responsible for the UK national audit of cosmetic surgery says: “This year we have recorded a dramatic rise in facial plastic surgery. 10 years ago, there may not have been much choice between a face cream and a facelift, but more recently non-surgical procedures such as botox and fillers have introduced a large number of patients to gradual facial rejuvenation, and the effects of these less invasive treatments can sometimes be limited once jowling or loose skin has developed, so this could explain why more patients now feel ready for the surgical option.”

Nigel Mercer, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President-Elect adds: “When considering aesthetic surgery it is essential to be selective in choosing the right surgeon as the results of good surgery may be long lasting, but no procedure is without some risk. When performed under the right circumstances, aesthetic surgery can have a very positive psychological impact and improve quality of life.”

The BAAPS based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeonsÂ’ contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their advice line at 020 7405 2234.

Ageless Secret – the beauty mask you can wear all day


Would you wear a beauty mask in public? HereÂ’s how you can get the benefits of wearing a beauty mask all day long, without anyone knowing itÂ’s there!

Every day, women across America (and some men, we know you’re out there!) spend their hard-earned money on sticky or oily face masks to temporarily lift, tone and firm their skin. But whether they are green, blue, textured or peel-off, you probably don’t want to wear them out in public. Until now, there was no way to keep that ‘fresh from the spa’ look all day long, every day.

New developments in anti-aging technology have led to the creation of an ‘invisible beauty mask’ that leaves no residue so it can be worn by itself or beneath make-up. Called The Ageless Secret™, it is the only beauty mask on the market that can be worn all day, every day to constantly lift, firm, tone and hydrate your skin.

Because it is invisible, The Ageless Secret™ can be sprayed onto your skin throughout the day – even over makeup. It immediately improves skin elasticity whether you’re a tanning goddess or simply experiencing signs of aging.

“Instead of getting only the temporary results from a typical beauty mask, you can cheat ‘old age’ and get the results of a beauty mask all day every day. And because it is constantly lifting, firming and toning your skin it trains your skin to resist looking old,” says Jim Kaszyk, President and Chief Technologist of Kasz Enterprises Inc, who developed The Ageless Secret™ formula..

The Ageless Secret also dramatically reduces the need for a moisturizer, because it hydrates, softens and dramatically improves skin suppleness to fight wrinkles and the first signs of aging. “The Ageless Secret relies on harmless and time-tested, all natural ingredients combined into a gentle formulation using The Ageless Secret’s exclusive homeopathic-like manufacturing technology,” explains Kaszyk.

“This formula also is safe enough to drink,” he confirms. “This level of product safety separates us from others within the market. We believe what you put on your skin goes into your skin and eventually into your body. Because we have found ways to enhance the effectiveness of the ingredients, we can use them in tiny amounts. That also eliminates unpleasant odors, textures or side effects. The resulting invisible mask trains and tones the skin to keep it from looking old. The more it is used, the better results you get.”

The Ageless Secret™, available in Original and Gold Formulas, is currently sold online at and at a limited number of health food stores in the US. The price is $159.99 (ÂŁ81.32, Euro 120.34)and will last two months, if you use it according to the directions. Longer if you don’t spritz quite so often during the day.

Biography – Curtis J. Perry, MD

Dr. Curtis Perry is a Board Certified facial plastic surgeon, in addition to being a board certified otolaryngologist. He is currently in private practice in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He also serves as an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Perry earned his medical degree at Brown University Program in Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He also is a co-author of several articles published in professional medical journals.

Biography – Dr Richard W. Parlee

Dr Richard W. Parlee is a pharmacist and chiropractor. He has been in clinical practice for more than 35 years in Orange County, California. His primary focus has been assisting the body with healing and enhancing itself through natural means, emphasizing clinical nutrition to supply the necessary raw materials that the human body so desperately needs. He continues to be a pioneer in natural healthcare, seeking the most innovative products and methodologies that improve the quality of peopleÂ’s lives. His commitment to excellence in providing proven, practical and life enhancing results for his clients remains his mission.

Dr Parlee was certified as a registered pharmacist in 1963 by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. He graduated from the Los Angeles Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1970.

Dr Parlee has been using The Ageless Secret in his practice for the past three years. Both he and his clients have noticed remarkable tangible results in the de-stressing and rejuvenating aspects of The Ageless Secret as well as the diminishment of wrinkles, general tightening of the skin, and the hydrating effect it has on the areas of application. He continues daily to see the improvements The Ageless Secret has had on his numerous clients.

Biography – Steven E. Nelson

Steven E. Nelson is a Doctor of Pharmacology at Synergy Wellness Clinics, Inc. in Palm Desert, California. Dr. Nelson has more than 43 years of experience in applied pharmacology and biochemistry, and more than 15 years experience as a clinic, naturopathic and homeopathic physician.

He has written articles for more than 30 medical, nutritional, trade and commercial publications. And he has 10 years experience as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin, University of California, UCLA, University of Southern California and Stanford University.

Nelson earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, a Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical) in Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical) in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from Indiana University.

Dog gets facelift!

London: A dog has been given a ÂŁ1,000 facelift. Shankly the shar-pei – similar to a bulldog – had the wrinkles over his eyes removed when it became difficult for him to see.

Shankly was brought into Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London after being picked up wandering the streets.

In an hour-long operation, head vet Shaun Opperman removed a large swathe of skin from across his forehead and between his eyes.

Mr Opperman said: “It is only the second time in my two-year career that I have carried out this operation. “Although Shankly’s wrinkles are very typical of the breed, the trouble was that he was completely blinded by the folds of skin that covered his eyes, so the way of giving him his sight back was to carry out a face-lift.”

Shankly, who is named after former Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly, now lives with a family in London. ananova

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Shankly was brought into Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after being picked up wandering the streets, reports the Daily Mail.

In an hour-long operation, head vet Shaun Opperman removed a large swathe of skin from across his forehead and between his eyes.

Mr Opperman said: “It is only the second time in my two-year career that I have carried out this operation. “Although Shankly’s wrinkles are very typical of the breed, the trouble was that he was completely blinded by the folds of skin that covered his eyes, so the way of giving him his sight back was to carry out a face-lift.”

Shankly, who is named after former Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly, now lives with a family in London. ananova

Joan has had surgery says top doctor

London: Joan Collins who claims never to have had cosmetic surgery has gone under the knife, according to a top UK surgeon.

The 72-year-old actress says her secret age-defying weapon is make-up. She recently told US TV: “The most glamorous thing you can do is use lipstick.”

However, Alex Karidis, a London based plastic surgeon, claims he saw evidence of cosmetic surgery when he met Joan 18 months ago.

He said: “I clearly saw the scars behind her ears indicating a facelift. I saw that she had also had her eyes lifted. I would say she has had this done in the last five years.”

The glamorous actress – who has revealed her top tips for staying young in her new book ‘The Art Of Living Well’ – has previously made her position on surgery abundantly clear, and recently described Botox as “poison”.

She said: “Everyone should do what they want. If they want lips like a trout let them. Plastic surgery is the plain women’s revenge

Age no barrier to cosmetic surgery

London: More people aged 60 and over are opting for cosmetic surgery, according to a new report from the UK private health provider BUPA.

There has been a large increase in operations among pensioners prompted, it is thought, by the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reality TV.

BUPA says it has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of men and women in their sixties having cosmetic surgery in the past 12 months. And eight percent of those having surgery are aged over 61.

The most popular procedure was eyelid rejuvenation, accounting for 38 per cent of operations in the age group, followed by facelifts at 28 per cent.

For women, eight per cent of operations were breast reductions, followed by tummy tucks and liposuction, which make up six per cent and five per cent respectively.

Overall, across all age groups, BUPA said the number of cosmetic surgery operations undertaken in its hospitals grew by over 22 per cent last year.
The most popular procedure overall was breast enlargement which accounted for almost a third of all the cosmetic proceduresperformed in its 25 hospitals.

The next most popular surgery was eyelid reduction, tummy tucks, nose reshaping and breast reduction.

Men typically favoured nose reshaping, eyelid reduction and correction of prominent ears.

Liposuction also became more popular among men, accounting for 13 per cent of operations, up on 2004 and compared with just six per cent in 2003.

BUPA research released last year revealed that more than 80 per cent of women think it is perfectly acceptable to have cosmetic surgery and more men than ever are considering operations to improve their looks.

Cosmetic surgery tourists health risk

London: Women who have cosmetic surgery abroad may be risking their health, experts have warned.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons estimate that around 10,000 Britons have operations in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia and India each year. Most know little about their surgeons medical qualifications and have little redress should complications occur post-surgery.

The attraction of surgery abroad is that it is usually cheaper than in the UK but many patients have to pay for expensive corrective surgery back home which is not covered by medical insurance.

A tummy-tuck which might cost $10,000 in the UK may cost as little as $3,000 abroad.

Norman Waterhouse of BAAPS said that women needed to be careful when taking up these cheap cosmetic surgery offers, many of which seemed dubious.

Despite the trend to have surgery abroad, the British market continues to grow. In 2004 16,000 operations were carried out – 52 per cent up on the previous year.


A facelift is the name given to a range of cosmetic surgery techniques which aim to give a total lift to the sagging and ageing face.

Facelifts are carried out to counter the effects of ageing where gravity and the effects of exposure to elements have weakened the facial skin and the undelying tissue. The result of this ageing can be a combination of drooping eyebrows, a downward slant to the eyes, a heavier and lined forehead, less prominent cheekbones and loose skin at the jawline.

The age at which this happens depends on a number of factors including heriditary make-up anda stressful lifestyle which can accelerate the ageing process resulting in a look of fatigue.Today there are several different operations which can be carried out in combination and also using keyhole surgery.

The traditional face-lift is aimed at older patients while a deep face-lift repositions fat and muscles on the cheeks and lifts the neck. There are also brow-lifts and a combination of the two. Anyone considering this operation who is overweight and intends to loose it should do so before the operation. Facelifts are best carried out on those who still have some elasticity in their skin but whose face and neck have begun to sag – in the 40s to 60s age group, though treatment can successfully be carried out on older people.

The operation is called a “Rhytidectomy” and removes the excess facial skin which leads to folds and droops. The lower face-lift deals mainly with the neck and jaw line, by pulling the skin back and trimming it behind the ears. The upper face-lift removes surplus skin in the forehead and eye area, by pulling the skin up and trimming and suturing it behind the hairline. The operation will take one to two hours, and both patients and surgeons prefer to do this under a general anaesthetic.

The procedure can be combined with other surgical treatments such as an endoscopic (keyhole) browlift and an eyelid reduction, malar (cheek bone) and chin augmentation and lip enhancement.The face is bandaged for 24 hours and will feel numb for a few weeks. Stiches are removed after about one week and the swelling and bruising will have gone down after about 14 days. Make-up can be worn afer the stiches have been removed. The scarring is concealed as well as possible in the hairline and/or behind the ears. The original positioning of the hairline in front of and behind the ears, changes as a result of the operation. Sometimes the scarsbehind the ears can take longer to heal because of skin tension.

Face-lift surgery carries some risk, including the complication of bleeding under the skin(haematoma), infection, nerve injury, lumps and poor healing, particularly with smokers. Scars depend on the how much has been done and also on your skin as some people’s scar more than others . Usually, though they will be hidden behind the ears, in the hairline, inside the mouth and under the chin.

The immediate effects of this operation can be quite dramatic. But, although the skin has been lifted, the underlying tissues have not and will cotinue to pull downwards throughout the ageing process. Sooner or later the signs of ageing will return and repeat or further surgery may be required – if so desired – in 10 years or so.

The improvement is often best when the operation is combined with blepharoplasty (removal of eye bags). Smokers should stop at least two weeks before the operation as this is themain cause of poor healing and also impairs blood circulation. Patients should also avoid aspirin, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Voltarol and Indocid) for two weeks prior to surgery to cut the risk of bleeding. Disconfort can be mild to moderate, but is controllable with painkillers. Over the following two weeks the face will be bruised and swollen. The stiches will itch and you will need to sleep with your head raised and keep in as still as possible the rest of the time. All exercise such as jogging and going to the gym is not advised for the following three months.A hospital stay of one to two nights may be required. But you will probably need two to three weeks off work for the worst of the bruising to go.


With the standard face-lift, the underlying tissues remain unaltered and pull down on the newly tightened skin, so repeat surgery is often necessary afer about 10 years. The ‘deep’ face-lift uses techniques borrowed from reconstructive surgery, and resites the facial skin, together with the underlying muscles and supportive facial tissues. An incision is made behind the hairline, and the skin is pulled down so the surgeon can work, and then replaced. This should produce a more natural look. This lift should last for 15 to 20 years, and the scar is hidden within the hairline.The deep lift is particularly suitable for treating signs of ageing in the mid-face as the brow is lifted, the area round the eyes is brightened and the eyes augmented, producing a more youthful shape. Cheekbones are restored, lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth are softened, and the jawline is lifted. It is usually carried out at a younger age than the traditional face-lift.There may be slightly more post-operative swelling after a ‘deep’ lift, and the recovery time for puffiness to reduce may be about 20-30 days. Some surgeons feel there may be a risk of facial nerve damage, but the complications risk seems no greater than with the standard facelift, and no facial incisions means no visible scars.