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Non-Surgical Facelift

The facelift procedure, by nature, is designed to rejuvenate and refresh the face so that it appears more youthful. The non-surgical facelift can produce facial rejuvenation for qualifying patients with no scarring and a faster recovery time than the traditional facelift. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria, who is on the forefront of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies, performs stem cell facelift and the non-surgical stem cell-enriched facelift for facial rejuvenation.

Achieved With a Non-Surgical Facelift by Dr. Calabria


The non-surgical facelift uses stem cell-enriched fat to regenerate healthy facial tissue. Injecting stem cell-enriched fat into the skin causes the skin to rejuvenate and regenerate on its own. Consequently, the results of a non-surgical facelift look very natural as the skin heals itself.

Another reason the results of a non-surgical facelift look natural is that the procedure leaves no scarring and can be customized for your needs. The stem cell-enriched fat is injected where volume loss is most significant so that the face can naturally regain its youthful softness. The lack of scarring hides the fact that any procedure was performed.


Healthy skin is plump, full, and vibrant due to the abundance of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other natural youthful substances. As we age, the production of these substances begins to deplete, thereby reducing the quality of the skin. Eventually, the facial skin loses volume, the texture of the skin becomes rougher, and the skin loses elasticity.

The injection of stem-cell enriched fat into the facial tissues causes the skin to heal itself. As a result, the skin becomes fuller and smoother, leading to improved facial volume. This result of a non-surgical facelift is long lasting, unlike dermal fillers which must be regularly reinjected to maintain desirable results.


Facial volume loss is one of the primary indicators of facial aging. Aging skin betrays facial beauty and creates harsher facial contours instead of the soft, smooth contours associated with youth. Facelift surgery is often needed to recreate a coveted youthful appearance.

With the non-surgical facelift, similar youthful results can be achieved for patients who have skin volume loss but little to no skin sagging. The stem cell-enriched fat causes neo-angiogenesis so that the skin regenerates itself. Regeneration of healthy skin tissue creates a more youthful and attractive face.

What Does a Non-Surgical Facelift Entail?

The non-surgical facelift uses fat-derived adult stem cells to rejuvenate the face. With the patient under local anesthesia, Dr. Calabria performs liposuction to harvest and preserve fat cells. An enzymatic process then breaks down the fat to extract the stem cells. Finally, Dr. Calabria injects the stem cell-enriched fat into the face through microcannulas. These injected stem cells, known as stromal-vascular fraction, cause the skin to secrete growth factors and create new blood vessels so that the skin rejuvenates and regenerates itself.

The cost of a non-surgical facelift with Dr. Calabria will depend on the extent of your procedure and other related expenses, including anesthesia fees, surgical fees, and facility fees. In 2015, the U.S. national average cost was $7,286 for traditional facelift surgery and $2,226 for fat transfer to the face. Dr. Calabria will provide you with more details during your personal consultation.

Since the non-surgical facelift leaves no scarring, recovery is much faster than recovery from a traditional facelift. Patients may have some post-operative swelling and bruising, but this will subside within a few weeks. Most patients will feel ready to return to work within one week.

After a non-surgical facelift, the face will gradually take on more youthful softness, vibrancy, and fullness. The stem cell-enriched fat will encourage skin regeneration so that the texture, tone, and quality of the skin will improve and give you a more youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Surgical Facelifts

The non-surgical facelift injects stem cell-enriched fat into the skin without using any surgical incisions. The stem cell facelift, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that injects stem cell-enriched fat and also includes redraping and vertically anchoring the facial tissues. The latter procedure may inject the stem cell-enriched fat into the face or implant it with a delivery matrix to restore facial volume loss.
A good candidate for the non-surgical facelift has volume loss and poor skin texture but little to no sagging skin. If sagging skin is a significant factor, it is better for the patient to undergo a stem cell-enriched facelift rather than a non-surgical facelift. Candidates should also have realistic expectations and be non-smokers with no serious health conditions.
Patients with sagging skin are poor candidates for the non-surgical facelift because the procedure does not address that issue. When sagging skin is a major factor, a patient who undergoes the non-surgical facelift will not look more youthful but will merely look as though he or she has gained weight. If you are not certain whether your skin laxity is enough to disqualify you from getting a non-surgical facelift, schedule your consultation with Dr. Calabria. He will recommend the best procedure for your needs and goals.
With traditional fat transfer to the face, much of the reinjected adipose tissue will be reabsorbed by the body. The remaining fat cells will incorporate into the facial tissues to enhance facial volume. Stem cells, on the other hand, not only improve facial volume but also facilitate a healing response within the body so that the skin itself regenerates through neo-angiogenesis. The stem cells must be enzymatically isolated to enable this biological response. With stem cell-enriched fat, results continue to improve long after the procedure has been performed.