Stem-cell breast surgery – safe or not?

November 7, 2011

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Senior surgeons from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have issued a warning over the "stem-cell breast augmentations" procedure currently offered by private UK clinics.

According to the BBC, during the group’s annual conference in Birmingham, members expressed their belief that more clinical testing needs to be done to establish its safety before being commercially used on healthy women.

The procedure involves grafting fat harvested from the patient’s thighs or stomach by liposuction and using it to build up the breast.

Before transplantation, half of the fat is processed to enrich the stem-cell content - naturally occurring regenerative cells found within the fat in order to improve the prospects for the fat graft.

Several centers around the world are using the same technology in reconstructing breasts following cancer surgery. In the UK, trials are currently under way at NHS centres in London, Glasgow, Swansea, Norwich and North Tyneside.

Private London clinics have been advertising stem-cell breast augmentations for some time, deeming it as a safe alternative to silicone breast implants.

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