No one likes that lower-belly “pooch”-no one, that is, except for scientists. That’s because, according to findings published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, fat in the lower abdomen is full of stem cells and, therefore, medical potential.
When 23 female study participants underwent liposuction, their removed fat was analyzed to ascertain stem-cell concentrations. The women each got liposuction in at least four of the following areas: hips, inner knee, love handles, inner thighs, upper abdomen and lower abdomen.
The analysis revealed notable differences in stem-cell mass between different areas of body fat, with the highest numbers appearing in the inner thigh and lower abdomen. In fact, the lower abdomen’s stem-cell concentration was five times greater than that of the upper abdomen.
“The potential for healing and repairing injury or disease through stem cells, including conditions like breast cancer and reconstruction, heart failure, spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease are incredible,” said ASPS Fat Grafting Task Force member J. Peter Rubin, MD, who also noted cosmetic possibilities. “We may be able to more permanently and naturally get rid of pesky wrinkles or augment breasts with stem cell enriched fat in the future as well.”
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