Stem-cell-based breast enhancement offered by British doctors

From the UK Times:

The treatment could boost cup size while reducing stomach fat. It involves extracting stem cells from spare fat on the stomach or thighs and growing them in a woman’s breasts. An increase of one cup size is likely, with the potential for larger gains as the technique improves.
Professor Kefah Mokbel, a consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace hospital, who is in charge of the project, will treat 10 patients from May. He predicts private patients will be able to pay for the procedure within six months at a cost of about £6,500.
Although the stem cell technique will restore volume, it will not provide firmness and uplift.
The cells will be isolated from a woman’s spare fat, once it has been extracted from her thighs or stomach, using equipment owned by GE Healthcare, a technology company. The concentrated stem cells will then be mixed with another batch of fat before being injected into the breast. It takes several months for the breast to achieve the desired size and shape.
Until now, when fat was transplanted to the breast without extra stem cells, surgeons had difficulty maintaining a blood supply to the new tissue. Surgeons believe the double concentration of stem cells under this technique promotes the growth of blood vessels to ensure a sufficient blood supply circulates to the transplanted fat.

Evidently this has been going on in Japan for a half-dozen years.

  1. #1 by phisrow on March 30, 2009 - 8:33 am

    I think this one deserves a “whatcouldpossiblygowrong” tag…

  2. #2 by Stitch on March 30, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Well … This should certainly go a long way towards improving stem cell research’s image in the States.

  3. #3 by bird5 on March 30, 2009 - 11:21 am

    There is a group of physicians, patients and other interested people working together to get treatment with adult stem cells legalized in the U.S. as it should be. Please ask your family and friends to sign up (“JOIN”), and get as many doctors to sign up as well. Please see The American Stem Cell Therapy Association site
    http://www.stemcelldocs.org/Media_Room.html

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