The facial aging process is mainly characterised by the reabsorption of adipose tissue located under the skin, and photo-aging which manifests in skin blemishes, wrinkles and a yellow-grey look to the skin (loss of luminosity). Smartlifting seeks to correct both these aging processes by combining lipofilling treatment with fractional ablative resurfacing of the face. Lipofilling consists of the removal of fat from a body area (inner knee, abdomen, hip), which is then centrifuged to eliminate serum and blood residues, and implanted where needed using a small cannula. Resurfacing (see the relevant section) removes a large part of the skin surface, causing it to contract and stimulating production of new collagen. The centrifuged fat also contains many stem cells, and these are transferred with the implant. Smartlifting therefore not only recreates the facial shape which has been lost with the passage of time (through lipofilling) and causes a very obvious improvement in the quality of the skin (through fractional ablative resurfacing), but it also stimulates more longlasting results through the implant of the stem cells. These will in fact be transformed into the type of cells that are most lacking in that area, restoring their number and function. The face does not appear ‘pulled’, but naturally rejuvenated and with its shape restored.
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