Thursday, September 10, 2009

The future of plastic surgery and dermatology: why we bank stem cells

A Scientific American article on a recent study published by the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences found that it is possible to use fat, usually obtained via liposuction, to obtain pluripotent fat cells.

In English: the traditional way of getting stem cells is to scrape skin cells, mess with their internal clocks for a few weeks, and then get some of them to be usable. If you're using liposuctioned fat, you have stem cells that are ready to go.

Stem cells have many exciting possibly future applications in cosmetic surgery. More research is required for them to be reliably used, but some of our patients are already banking their stem cells from liposuction by freezing them at a facility, so if they need them someday, they are ready to go.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, Boca Raton

Dr. David J. Goldberg
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton
Skin Laser Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ

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