At AgeFocus Medical Management, our stem cell harvesting procedure is based on acquiring your naturally produced stem cells and using them in our treatment. We NEVER use embryonic stem cells for our procedures. This is an outpatient procedure, done under local anesthesia.
Although AgeFocus has obtained stem cells from both bone marrow and fat tissue throughout the years, the research program in which we are participating exclusively uses autologous (patient’s own) fat-derived stem cells. Recent research has indicated that fat tissue has a greater number of stem cells and is the easiest from which to harvest.
Patients are anesthetized locally in the area of the fat harvesting. Although the abdomen is preferred, stem cells can be aspirated from any area where there are localized fat deposits. This 20-30 minute procedure is a mini-liposuction, performed with special equipment to prevent damage to the stem cells, and is done in a closed system to maintain sterility. Then the process to separate stem cells from fat and other tissue starts.
During this process, you can relax while our team does all the work. This process in total takes about 90 minutes. The collected fats is put through a centrifuge to spin and separate the fat contents according to density. It is during this process that we can finally receive the pure stem cells derived from the fat content in your body.
Once the stem cells have been separated, they are ready for deployment (injection) to the affected area, intravenous (IV) injection, and/or intrathecal injection. The entire process takes about 4 hours.