Stem cells have already been used to help with the repair of certain organs and tissues, and the process of harvesting the cells from fat may soon be commonplace in the cosmetic surgery realm. The FDA has recently approved the stem cell breast augmentation procedure, a combination of liposuction and breast enhancement techniques that can enhance the breasts to create a fuller, more natural appearance.
“Stem cell implants” have been in the media spotlight in recent years, as they do offer a more natural look and feel than conventional implants made with silicone or saline. In this procedure, the implant is made using the body’s own cells and tissues.
Fat is extracted from the stomach and thighs before the stem cells are extracted from the fatty mass. The stem cells are then added to other fatty tissues so that they can regenerate and create real body tissues. This results in smoother, softer and more supple looking breasts, and there is no risk of rupturing or a risk of the formation of cysts.
The stem cell implant procedure can increase the size of the breasts between one to two cup sizes, and offers a natural alternative to silicone or saline implants. Several trials have been completed in Europe with great success, and now research confirms that the stem cell procedure for breast augmentation is a viable option for patients in the United States.
Professor Kefa Mokbel, a consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital reported last year that “implants are a foreign body. They are associated with long-term complications and require replacement. They can also lean and cause scarring.” The stem cell technique does not have these risks and side effects, and is most suitable for a modest increase in breast size. Ultimately, this procedure can help to restore volume and create a more balanced, attractive silhouette. (Source: TimesOnline)