Is Stem-Cell Breast Augmentation Right Around The Corner?

We've told you about Tokyo- and Illinois-based stem-cell experiments seeking to achieve an alternative to breast implants, but a viable commercial option seemed remote. However, a researcher at the London Breast Institute is claiming stem-cell breast augmentation could be available in the UK by the end of the year.

Next month, professor Kefah Mokbel will launch the first trials involving the use of stem cells from a healthy patient's own fat (usually of the stomach or thighs), which are then mixed with another batch of the patient's fat, and injected into the breasts. This technique has been tested on cancer patients with breast deformities, but Mokbel's trial marks the first with a purely cosmetic objective.

The procedure, which is expected to cost upwards of $9,000, would be best-suited to women interested in a moderate increase in size and not in need of lifting or more firmness.

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