Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Dr. Chiu to offer stem cell harvest option during cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu just issued a press release announcing that from now on, any of his patients having liposuction, tummy tuck, breast reduction or other cosmetic surgery will also have the option to have their fat stem cells harvested and cryopreserved for future use.

Dr. Chiu states that it is common "sense" to offer this option, as the fat thrown during a typical cosmetic surgery is full of adult stem cells that may one day be useful for therapeutic purposes.

"We have millions of vital stem cells in our fat and historically we have just thrown this away. Now my patients can easily store these cells so they have their youngest stem cells for all of the regenerative applications that are on the horizon. The advances with stem cells are pretty astounding," said Chiu 

Stem cells harvested from adipose tissue (fat)

You can read the official press release here

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