Cellular (AUTOLOG) Applications

25 Jul 2019

The term “otolog” in its dictionary meaning refers to “self-derived” or “individual-specific.” The concept of “otolog” can be defined as the process of taking a tissue or biological material from the same individual, with or without undergoing specific procedures, and then reintroducing it back into the same person. In practice, cells collected from one’s own body (such as behind the ear for skin treatments or from the scalp for hair treatments) are processed and injected into the area requiring treatment. This process increases the number of precursor cells in the target area.

How Otolog Cellular Treatments Benefit Skin Rejuvenation

Several factors, including age and environmental influences, contribute to the aging and deterioration of our skin. As the skin ages, blood circulation decreases, leading to reduced nourishment and oxygen intake by skin cells. The topmost layer of the skin, rich in keratin, thickens, resulting in decreased skin radiance. Conversely, the middle layer, which provides vitality and nourishment to the skin, becomes thinner. Fibroblast cells located in the middle layer of the skin are the primary cells responsible for the connective tissue. Fibroblast cells produce proteins that maintain skin tightness, elasticity, and a youthful appearance. They also secrete substances like hyaluronic acid, which help the skin retain moisture. Over time, both the quantity and function of skin cells decrease, resulting in a reduction in collagen and elastin levels. As a consequence, fine lines develop, and, especially in areas with facial expressions, deep wrinkles form.

Otolog treatments can increase the number of an individual’s skin cells in problematic areas, such as the face, neck, and décolletage, where they require rejuvenation. The injected otolog cell suspensions attach to the skin and initiate the synthesis of collagen and elastin proteins. In addition to an increase in collagen and elastin proteins, the intercellular substances also become enriched, moving toward the upper layers of the skin. As this renewal process progresses to the uppermost layer of the skin, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Otolog cellular treatments can also thicken the middle layer of the skin, providing a tighter and more youthful appearance.

While injecting cells into the area where the patient complains most is the most effective approach, a more widespread application can also be performed on the entire face, neck, décolletage, and the back of the hands during the same session.

The immediate brightening and revitalizing effect on the skin after the procedure is temporary. The true effects of the treatment begin to manifest themselves after 2-3 months, increasing in intensity over a 6-month period.

Otolog cellular treatments can result in improved skin tone, reduced dryness, improved appearance of spots and skin indentations. These treatments can be beneficial in improving the appearance of deep lines as well.

How Otolog Cellular Treatments Benefit Eye Area Concerns

The effects of time on the skin around the eyes are characterized by wrinkles, dark color changes, decreased elasticity, drooping eyelids, puffiness, and a dull skin texture. This is due to the loss of fibroblast cells in our skin and the subsequent reduction in the production of other matrix proteins such as collagen and elastin, which occurs with aging.

The injected otolog skin cells attach to the skin around the eyes, initiating the synthesis of collagen and elastin, ultimately reaching the upper layers of the skin. This process contributes to the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a younger and brighter appearance. Otolog cellular treatments can also be beneficial in improving the appearance of under-eye dark circles and reducing the visibility of capillary vessels.

How Otolog Cellular Treatments Benefit Hair Loss Prevention

Androgenetic alopecia (baldness) is a genetically determined condition characterized by the thinning, weakening, and loss of pigmented, thick hair strands over time, leading to uncertainty in hair color. It is a common problem affecting both men and women. In men, hair loss typically starts with a gradual receding hairline and continues with gradual thinning at the temples. In women, hair loss is typically more pronounced in the top and frontal areas, while the hairline remains intact, with slight thinning in the temples.

In otolog cellular hair treatments, cells collected from the individual’s own scalp are processed and injected into the problematic areas of the scalp. Injection of otolog cells can help increase the number of hair follicle cells and support cells in problem areas. Additionally, it can contribute to the regeneration of the capillaries that nourish the hair follicles and regulate blood circulation in the scalp. As a result, poorly nourished, thinning hair follicles can return to their normal state, and hair loss can be prevented. Otolog cellular treatments can also increase the density and quality of hair strands in problematic areas.