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Amazing results with stem cells - a personal observation

Posted by Claudine Roura on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

My dad is 76 years old, quite conscious of his looks, had some cosmetic surgery done several years ago.  Of course due to aging, I needed to so some more improvements on him.  I did his full face lift with neck lift and liposuction of the neck to give him a firmer jawline and remove excess sagging skin,  I also removed his eyebags and repaired drooping of his upper eyelids.  The procedure was a success and created for him the firm jawline and improved the sagging of his face.  However, he is not the metrosexual kind who applies creams on his face on a nightly basis, nor is he conscious of the kind of skin care products he fact...he does not have any skin care protocol at all...period.   This resulted in accummulated years of continuous sundamage, aging, and the effects of gravity.  Although he had a tight look, his skin quality was really bad.  Had lots of wrinkles especially on the forehead and crows feet. big pores on the cheeks especially on the nose, skin was rough, with blackheads, sebaceaous short, his skin looked aged.  Another very noticeable thing that facelifts cannot correct is the sagging ang wrinkling of the skin in the areas beside the lips, although the jowling was corrected by the lipo of the neck and corresponding neck lift,  this area is very hard to correct even wit the best and most extensive facelift.  Plus the addition of loss of volume on his face, nasojugal and nasolabial folds were very prominent.

In short, he really needed a very good skin care program.  I tried to do some facials and the famous diamond peel which did not do anything.... This is going to be tough and challenging. The next time I tried him with Adipose derived Stem cells and used it together with the dermaroller. The protocol is usually every 2 weeks for five sessions.  Plus of course come take home skin care products.  After a week, we went out in our regular family sundays.  When I saw my dad, I was amazed on how his skin quality improved, his skin was softer, smoother, shiny, tighter, fine lines improved, wrinkling beside the lips was markedly improved, his pores shrank.  His skin looked fantastic,  I was really amazed and it was just 1 session and only 1 week.  I cant wait to do another session on him and track his further improvement....This is really skin rejuvenation...Will post pictures soon after his treatment.

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The Secret to Brad Pitt's young looking skin - Stem cells-Dermaroller

Posted by Claudine Roura on Mon, Jun 08, 2009 @ 05:14 AM

Stemcell, Dermaroller, Dermatologist, Manila, Philippines Dermaroller, Stam cell, Dermatologist, Manila Philippines

The secret to Brad Pitt's young-looking skin - PDI -May 29, 2009

IF BRAD PITT LOOKS younger than his 45 years, credit should go to the Dermaroller, an instrument with tiny needles used to stimulate collagen, said Hello Magazine.

Less invasive than cchemical peels, fractional laser resurfacing or microdermabrassion, the  treatment does not produce bruising, swelling, crusting or bleeding in the targeted area.

Invented by a french doctor named Horst Liebl, the Dermaroller is based on the principle of micro-needling. It is performed with a roller wrapped with many tiny needles, which then pierce the top layers of skin to a certain depth. This results in stimulating collagen formation while simultaneously freeing up a clear way for medication to be taken in more effectively through the skin.

Micro-needling produces very slight wounds that merely open up the skin pores. The face will redden for a few hours. Collagen growth is then accelerated in the dermis layer as some of the blood vessels are ruptured directly below the skin's surface.

As blood thickens, it produces the right conditions for collagen and elastin to take shape. These main elements help the skin appear refreshed.

Collagen production  

Dermatologist-surgeon Claudine Roura explains that the Dermaroller is used to combat acne, melasma or hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and sagging skin.

"it's an instrument used for collagen induction or producing your own collagen. The roller head has lots of hypodermic to produce microinjuries on the skin. In turn, collagen formation is stimulated. There is cell renewal and better skin quality. The skin will be tighter," says Roura.

A numbing agent is applied before the procedure. The Dermaroller is then reeled on the skin, making tiny perforations in the dermis, inducing the pores to open momentarily. The body senses this as an injury and reacts to its by setting off the healing process.

This actually induces the making of collagen and elastin. By constantly producing micro-injuries and activating the healing process, the continues its repair until its job is done.

The Dermaroller sounds much more scary than the device actually is. The needles are so fine that they produce a ticklish sensation. As the skin's top layer is tough and flexible, the tiny punctures made by the roller fade quickly.

Right medication

Equally important is the medication applied after rolling. Roura uses adiposed-derived stem cells that produce cytokines, proteins that stimulate new blood cells and intercede with the immune system and the cell processes.

"Unlike topical creams, wherein the products are not fully absorbed, with the Dermoroller, you are producing micro-injuries on the skin so that the barrier will be broken. We take advantage and apply the products so that they will penetrate the lower layer of the skin,' says Roura.

"This is basically regenerative medicine. Stem cells are harvested from the fat. The cytokines, which are the good things from the stem cells, are extracted, freeze-dried and formulated into a cosmetic product. They are recommended for anti-aging and pigmentation."

For melasma, the skin is infused with natural whitening agents such as arbutin, kojic acid and glutathione. Wrinkles are addressed with hyaluronic acid, while sagging skin and wrinkles are treated with vitamins to stimulate cell renewal.

The whole procedure takes an hour.

The Dermaroller is recommended for those who have tried other procedures but did not get the desired results.

(For details, call Contours, Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute at 556-4878 and 489-8526, located at South Park Plaza, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati city.)

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