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fat stem cell transfer

Fat Stem Cells Can Be Used Cosmetically, Medically, As An Anti-Aging Alternative

Phenomenal fat: Fat stem cells can be used cosmetically, medically and as an anti-aging alternative.

If someone were to tell you your fat could not only make you look up to 20 years younger, but also save your life, would you believe it?

According to local surgeons, it can — with fat stem cell transfers and fat banking.
The fat stem cell transfer — or fat grafting procedure — consists of harvesting or removing fat from one part of the body, purifying it and re-injecting it into the areas that need volume or rejuvenation.

The two most common uses for fat stem cell transfers are as natural and long-lasting alternatives to fillers and implants.

“Although the procedure has been around for many years, autologous fat grafting or fat injections are becoming a hot topic in plastic surgery,” says Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan, M.D., of Oasis Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale. “Fat can be used to revise scars, fill in depressions, to volumize or rejuvenate the face or hands or to enhance body contours such as the buttocks or breasts.”

Breast augmentation and reconstruction

Both Geoghegan and Dr. James M. Nachbar, M.D., FACS, Scottsdale Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, agree that the use of fat to correct defects from breast biopsies has gained popularity over the past year.

“Many of my most informed patients seem to be my breast reconstruction patients,” Geoghegan says. “After doing research on their options, they commonly come in looking for fat injections as an option to potentially improve their lumpectomy scars or as an improvement to their current implant-based breast reconstruction.”

Dr. Todd K. Malan, M.D., founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, also uses fat-derived stem cells frequently at his practice for patients who have had lumpectomies or multiple biopsies or left with defects. But, he says the most common use for fat stem cells is for breast augmentations, a procedure for which he was the very first surgeon in the United States to perform.

The procedure is performed with needles, with no cutting into the breast, and takes about two hours. The fat, along with the stem cells, is injected throughout the breast. Patients are typically uncomfortable or sore from the liposuction for about three to five days, with possible bruising and very little swelling, according to Malan, and should subside within a couple of weeks.

“You can rebuild the breast, instead of implants,” says Dr. Jeffrey J. Ptak, M.D., FACS, Aesthetic Surgery in Scottsdale. “It would probably take two or three sessions to build a reliably fuller breast to the same volume that you would get an implant.”

Although it may take more time, the fat stem cell transfers are considered a much more natural alternative for breast augmentations, and they’re also long-lasting and less expensive in the long-run, compared to implants.

“With implants, you’re looking at replacing them every 10 years, at least,” Malan says. “A recent study done by one of the implant companies shows that 50 percent of patients will have their implant removed prior to 10 years because of complications or issues. So, you’re talking about a procedure with fat that lasts forever.”

Malan adds that if one were to average the potential complications, potential issues and the replacement costs, she would be looking at $1,000 per year for the rest of her life, after the implants are put in.

Stem cell facelifts

“Stem cell facelifts have been the most popular recently,” Malan says. “And I think that the word is getting out now.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelifts help improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, but the procedure does not stop the aging process. Fat transfers to the face, however, can reverse skin aging. Ptak says instead of stretching the skin outward, surgeons who incorporate fat transfers, also known as fat grafting, in their procedures are filling up the volume of fat in the face where there used to be volume, giving patients a youthful look. Ptak, more than a decade ago, was one of the first in the country to offer fat grafting in the country.

Facial aging is caused by a loss of volume, so injecting fat creates volume and rejuvenates the face, creating a natural, youthful, recharged appearance. Stem cells make the skin thicker; they regrow collagen, stimulate blood flow and eliminate age spots, and patients can look up to 20 years younger.

“Fat transfers have been used a lot now along with facelifts to improve the result of the facelift, Nachbar says. “As you age, the wrinkles and the sagging of the skin relates to loss of the fat in the face. As you get older, the fat drains out so it becomes more hallow. Injecting fat can help improve the shape of the face.”

Stem cell transfers are a fraction of the cost and can last up to 10 years, if not longer, Ptak says. For instance, facelifts range from $15,000 to $20,000, while fat transfers can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000, he adds. And the number of patients receiving this procedure at his practice have increased.

“I think we’ve seen anywhere from a two- to five-fold increase in this procedure in the last four years at my practice,” Ptak says. “There are very few of us doing it.”

And the stem cell facelift isn’t just for women. According to Ptak, it’s the most appropriate procedure for male facelifts.

“If you think of all of the bad male face lifts you’ve seen, doing the wrong procedure for the male, just pulling their facial skin doesn’t make it look better,” Ptak says. “What gives a face the youthful volume is all the vary subtle layers of the fat compartments of the face.”

Fat stem cell banking

Normally after liposuction, fat is discarded as medical waste. However, doctors suggest saving or banking your fat for future possible anti-aging or medical treatments — because the fat is rich in regenerative stem cells.

Ptak calls this bio-insurance. “You’re essentially setting up another insurance policy for yourself to have these stem cells readily available,” he says.

For those who do not opt for a fat transfer to the face or use it for a breast augmentation, patients can store it at a tissue bank. Just two exist in the U.S. — BioLife Cell Bank located in Dallas; and AdiCyte located in Tucson, the largest stem cell bank in the country. Last year, Dr. Ptak was appointed as a national board advisor for AdiCyte.

If you have a family history of cancer, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease, “You really should be considering having your fat removed and stem cells stored while you’re young,” Malan says. “Those stem cells will be able to do amazing repair work.”

The younger the better, Ptak says. And it can be done anytime. “If you’re going in for another procedure, and you’re under anesthesia, you can have it done then,” he adds. “It’s easy.”

The amount of fat removed for stem cell banking is 500cc’s — about the size of a 16 oz. bottle of water. Malan has had patients come in to his practice specifically for the fat removal and fat stem cell banking.

“This really is the most exciting, medical breakthrough in any of our lifetimes,” Malan says. “This really has the potential of completely altering disease where we could not only cure disease, but we could reverse the disease process so that you don’t have to suffer from debilitating chronic conditions anymore. And, we can actually help repair chronic genetic diseases.”

Rebuilding breasts, reversing aging, treating heart disease and diabetes — fat transfer can be used just about anywhere in the body, from head to toe, with stem cell therapy able to treat a range of conditions. And the fat-derived stem cells can be used now or later.

“Your fat can save your life, especially if you happen to develop a disease that they have a proven therapy with stem cells now or in the future,” Ptak says. “The old model of drugs and surgery being the old way to fight disease is really going out the window. We’re really trying gene therapy and stem cell therapy as the way to fight disease. This is definitely looking in the future of medicine.”

For more information about fat stem cell transfers and/or banking, visit:

Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center  
7425 E. Shea Blvd., #107, Scottsdale
(623) 748-4892

Jeffrey J. Ptak, M.D., FACS
9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 451-9220

Oasis Plastic Surgery
9590 E. Ironwood Square Dr., #108, Scottsdale
(480) 264-6428

James M. Nachbar, MD, FACS, Scottsdale Plastic Surgery
8896 E. Becker Ln., #102, Scottsdale
(480) 289-5300

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

Jeffrey Ptak

Dr. Jeffrey Ptak & Dr. Deborah Wilson's Holiday Open House To Benefit Sojourner Center

Want to learn the latest in women’s health and beauty — and enjoy a night of food, wine and chocolate, all for a great cause? Here’s your chance to hear beauty secrets and mix and mingle with the experts themselves, Dr. Jeffrey Ptak and Dr. Deborah Wilson, at their Holiday Open House.Dr. Jeffrey Ptak

Limited to the first 100 RSVPs, the Holiday Open House will have door prizes, drawings and exclusive, one-night-only, “extreme beauty deals” not available outside of the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the hosts of the event, Dr. Ptak and Dr. Wilson, and feast on award-winning, catered food, wine and a chocolate fountain.

The Holiday Open House will benefit the Sojourner Center, which has provided shelter and support services to tens of thousands of women and children affected by domestic violence. Attendees are asked to please consider donating one of the following items below to be entered for a chance to win one of thousands of dollars worth of health and beauty products and services:Dr. Deborah Wilson. Photo: drwilsonobgyn.com

  • Gift cards, including Target, Walmart, Ross and Barnes & Noble
  • Women’s items, including makeup kits, manicure sets, bath and body baskets and perfume
  • Kids’ items, including board games, pillow pets, sports balls (soccer, basketballs, Nerf footballs), Little Pet Shop, art sets and jewelry sets

Reserve your seat(s) today by emailing reception@doctorptak.com or calling (480) 451-9220.

For more information about Dr. Jeffrey Ptak and Dr. Deborah Wilson, visit doctorptak.com and drwilsonobgyn.com, respectively.

Holiday Open House benefiting the Sojourner Center
When: Wednesday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale
Online: Dr. Jeffrey Ptak | Dr. Deborah Wilson

skin cancer

The Burning Issue of Sun Damage, Skin Cancer

By Kristine Cannon & Remi Omodara

Summer: the season for temporary solutions — such as that crash diet to slim down for your leave-little-to-the-imagination bikini; and, let’s not forget about those days spent tanning either on the beach or in the tanning booth, just for a bit more color.

While some bad habits can be forgiven and forgotten, others can lead to long-term damage, such as skin cancers.

“They’re going to get a temporary tan,” says Dr. Lorna Frederickson, M.D., FAAD of Arizona Skincare Physicians, PLC, “but sustain permanent injury to their skin. You can’t really repair all of the cell damage.”

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), there were more than 2.6 million skin cancer treatments in 2011 performed by ASDS members in the United States, with 2.49 million of them for non-melanomas.

Closer to home, Frederickson says the number of skin cancers they’ve diagnosed and treated at the practice has increased. She goes on to say that women as early in their 20s are developing multiple skin cancers, likely due to tanning bed use.

“Natural or indoor tanning is probably the leading contributing cause to aging of the skin,” Frederickson says. “It’s something people should stop doing, not just for the photo damage, freckling, loss of elasticity and wrinkling, but also because of skin cancer risks.”

And once those in their late 30s or 40s has endured an excess of sun or tanning bed exposure, racking up a fair amount of skin damage, Frederickson says one of the best ways to treat it is with laser treatment.

One of the most common laser treatments at Arizona Skincare Physicians is Fraxel Dual 1550/1927, which stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out. It targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into one’s skin to expedite the body’s remodeling of collagen. And according to Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ptak M.D., F.A.C.S., collagen is an important element to younger, healthier skin.

“The skin is like a sponge,” Ptak says. “Loss of collagen combined with sun damage can age the skin quickly.”

Frederickson adds that both young and older patients, who have discoloration from the sun, pre-cancers, blotchiness and freckling, can benefit from the Fraxel Dual laser treatment due to how safe it is and its minimal downtime.

“It’s great for younger patients because they don’t need aggressive lasers,” Frederickson says. “I will also use it on patients in their 80s because they don’t want a lot of downtime, or they have a lot of medial issues — or for a whole host of issues.”

To avoid skin cancer risks and sun-damaged skin, Frederickson says to not only stay away from indoor tanning, but to also not smoke.

“The only other thing besides ultraviolet light is smoking,” Frederickson says, “and the two together have a negative synergy and magnify one another’s ill effects.”

Other tips from Ptak to keep your skin hydrated and healthy include decreasing caffeine intake, drinking more water and using sunscreen.

Lastly, Frederickson advises to consult a skincare professional with any questions or concerns you may have, as well as for smaller, noninvasive treatments, such as botulinum injections or Botox.

“I see a fair number of women who have gone outside of a core speciality,” Frederickson adds. “I’m negative about the many spas because I end up fixing a lot of problems out of there.”

For more information about sun damage and/or skin cancer, visit azskincareplc.com or doctorptak.com.

Arizona Skincare Physicians, PLC
10565 N. Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley
(480) 991-3203

Jeffrey J. Ptak M.D., F.A.C.S., Plasic Surgery
9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 451-9220

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Stem Cells Give Plastic Surgery A Facelift

Stem Cells Give Plastic Surgery A Facelift

For those looking for a new solution to looking younger, a local plastic surgeon is suggesting a different type of facelift — stem cell facelifts.

“Standard facelifts are pretty two-dimensional,” says Scottsdale plastic surgeon Jeffrey Ptak. “They pull the skin tighter, but that doesn’t necessarily make it look younger.”

Stem cell facelifts are three-dimensional, and they give the face volume, which is the key to looking youthful, according to Ptak.

“Aging is the loss of face volume,” Ptak says. “Each decade, we lose fat in our face, and continually filling the face can help you keep volume.”

According to Ptak’s research, 50 percent of the fat transferred to another part of the body lasts permanently.

“It has been proven that it is better to use body fat rather than commercial fat,” Ptak adds.

These stem cells come from fat and are produced in the bone marrow. Fat can be removed from the patient through liposuction, harvested and then replaced into the body where needed.

Researchers are even hopeful that stem cells will be able to replace scars or engineer new body parts in the future.

Stem cells have also proven beneficial in forming new blood and fat cells — acting as building blocks for collagen.

“When you combine this with good skin care,” Ptak says, “it has a profound effect.”

Stem cell procedures can also be done safely in the privacy of an operating office, but Ptak says to interview doctors for a safe, proper procedure.

“Very few [doctors] have fat transfer experience because it’s still not common here,” he adds.

According to Ptak, one should also review the surgeon’s facial surgery complication and success rate. Trained surgeons can produce enhanced, long-lasting effects.

As stem cells continue to make its way into surgical offices, more and more people will be able to enjoy revived skin.

“It’s a whole new approach to looking at the face three-dimensionally,” Ptak says.

For more information about stem cell facelifts and/or Jeffrey Ptak, visit doctorptak.com.

Jeffrey J. Ptak MD FACS
9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 451-9220