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As aesthetic science advances, non-invasive or minimally invasive anti-aging treatments have been developed and proven to create remarkable improvements. Stem cell therapy, also called FAMI (Fat Autograft Muscle Injection), is among the most promising new techniques developed in recent years. At Tseng Plastic Surgery, we believe that this treatment is the future of anti-aging.

What is stem cell therapy?

Fat transfer, or fat grafting, has been used in aesthetic medicine for decades. You could think of FAMI as next-level fat transfer, with enhanced fat processing and injection techniques. It restores muscle and skin volume, which augments the target area without synthetic fillers or implants. FAMI can be used on the face or body for aesthetic enhancement and correction of volume loss caused by age or injury.

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The power of stem cells

Stem cells are the “raw materials” your body uses to build and repair muscle, bone, and tissue. They are uniquely designed to either form more new stem cells for self-renewal or become specialized cells with specific functions. Stem cells get a lot of attention because no other cell in the body has the natural capacity to create new cell types. Dr. Mark H. Tseng uses adult stem cells found in fat to regenerate damaged tissues and augment areas where your skin has lost volume. Results for cosmetic stem cell therapy can last for up to ten years, making it an enduring alternative to dermal fillers formulated with synthetic materials.

Stem cells to reverse the visible signs of aging

Over time, the structural support that creates the youthful appearance and softness of your skin begins to deteriorate.

You start to lose the elastin that keeps your skin tight and supple and the collagen responsible for keeping it firm and youthful.

Lines and wrinkles may begin to appear. In your 40s and 50s, you may notice drastic volume loss around the eyes and in the tear troughs and sagging facial skin. As tissues continue their downward slide, cheeks may appear hollow, and your jawline may lose its definition.

Additionally, hormonal changes can alter how fat is distributed throughout your body. Fat pockets in areas such as the hips, thighs, and abdomen tend to be quite stubborn; they do not seem to budge even with a healthy diet and exercise. FAMI can address both areas of volume loss and areas of excess volume.

What to expect


During your pre-treatment consultation, Dr. Tseng will explain what will happen, discuss any potential risks, provide aftercare instructions, and answer your questions. For a couple of weeks before treatment, you will be asked to avoid certain products that can increase bruising, such as aspirin and green tea.


Dr. Tseng begins with gentle liposuction, removing fat from areas with an excess. He then processes the donor fat, harvesting therapeutic stem cells, which are then injected into facial muscles to improve fullness and volume.

Risks and side effects

Expect some bruising and swelling for the first week or two after treatment, though it is generally mild. You may experience some discomfort, which can typically be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Any medical procedure carries some risk of complications, though that is rare with FAMI. If you have any questions, please ask.


Once the post-treatment swelling has subsided, the results of the augmentation are revealed. Over time, the injected fat will diminish by an average of 30 percent, with 70 percent of initial volume lasting long-term.

Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
Mark H. Tseng, M.D.

Why choose Tseng Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Tseng established his practice with one goal in mind: To help everyone achieve and maintain their best selves, both in health and beauty. He has extensively researched the latest innovations in both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. The result? A practice that offers affordable treatments available to anyone, whether they are ready for surgery or not. If you are interested in a lasting, effective solution to take years off your appearance, then come in for a free, private consultation with Dr. Tseng to see if stem cell therapy is right for you.

Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
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