Stem Cell Plastic Surgery


Stem cell plastic surgery, essentially using the body’s own fat to fill and remake, is quickly becoming the wave of the future – especially for shaping and enhancing the buttocks.   Even though autologous fat transfer in plastic surgery has been has been around for some time, it has become more popularized recently in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

Using a patient’s own fat to contour parts of the body that need a little help is fast becoming a preferred technique.   This could serve to minimize the use of artificial devices such as saline or silicone implants.

Breast enhancements have been getting most of the plastic surgery world’s attention, but the shape and size of a woman’s buttocks is starting to get its share of the conversation. 

The Brazilian Butt Lift is one of the many methods surgeons can use to shape and enhance the buttocks.  However, the stem cell method is gaining more attention because it is more natural and has fewer complications.

In this specialized procedure, the surgeon will remove fat from selected areas of the body – usually the truncal and/or thigh area via liposuction.  In an experienced hand with artistic sense, body sculpturing would be carried out to achieve maximum enhancement of body contour so that the body proportion is improved before fat is transferred.   The fat, which contains the stem cells, is then purified and introduced into the buttocks via injection.  Usually, the procedure is designed to fill the buttocks first in the deeper intramuscular and subfascial compartments then more superficially to fill contour defects to achieve not only volumetric enhancement but also the shape so that the buttocks appear lifted and augmented.

Unless the woman is really tiny and has minimal body fat store in her body, I would suggest the fat transfer technique.  In my opinion, the stem cells and autologous fat provide the most natural and sensual look for the buttock area with a much lower risk of infection and complication as compared to the buttock implant procedure.  The patient gets much more significant improvement in the body proportions by not only receiving liposculpture to correct the shape but also buttock augmentation to enhance overall proportions.  This can also be combined with abdominoplasty, liposuction, or mommy make over procedures to produce better result than traditional approach.   The patient satisfaction is overwhelmingly positive.  It brings back confidence and happiness and the eventual improvement in the quality of life—indeed a gratifying experience.  

A great advantage of liposculpturing and stem cell autologous fat transfer surgery is that there are minimal incisions, and little down time.   The average down time would be the same as it takes for recovery of liposuction, which is between 3 to 7 days.  Depending on the area of interest and the scope of the surgery, local anesthesia can be used.  However, general anesthesia may be required for more extensive and involved procedures.   The average time for the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is from three to four hours – keep in mind that it takes time to liposculpture the body.   

Individual results will depend on many factors, including the age, health status, starting shape, anatomy, and skin laxity.  Consultation with the plastic surgeon and an individualized approach will be required.   As with any surgery, safety is of utmost importance.   Careful planning and understanding of the procedure with an experienced plastic surgeon will ensure the most satisfying results.