Belly Fat Deemed Valuable Source of Stem Cells

If you've been thinking about liposuction or other fat removal procedures to get rid of belly fat for good, recent studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons give you good reason to hold on to a few of those cells.

Researchers report that the lower abdomen is where stem cells are stored,  the same cells that promote healthy cell renewal, support healthy organ and tissue functioning, and may also be used as part of an anti-aging regiment.

According to  J. Peter Rubin, MD, a member of the ASPS Fat Grafting Task Force who is involved in pre-clinical trial work on stem cells taken from fat;

"Adult stem cells, derived from our own tissues, hold strong promise for improved clinical therapies," and that "the potential for healing and repairing injury or disease through stem cells, including conditions like breast cancer and reconstruction, heart failure, spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson's disease are incredible." (Source:

This means that the stem cells can be harvested from a liposuction procedure and transplanted into another area of the body that needs to heal, or where cells need to regenerate.

Experts are already conducting studies and tests to determine how stem cells may be used to repair skin that this prone to wrinkles, or rebuild skin tissues after trauma.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.