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ASPS and ASAPS Issue Joint Cautionary Statement on Stem Cell Treatments

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 Breast Augmentation

Recently there has been a great deal of interest in not only so-called “natural” breast augmentation, but also in the use of stem cells to increase the effectiveness of the procedure and predictability of results. However, the two major plastic surgical societies in the United States have issued a cautionary statement aimed at women who are considering the procedure. The statement comes after a joint task force commissioned by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) critically examined all available data on the procedures. It was summarized by the head of the task force: “There are encouraging data from laboratory and clinical studies to suggest that the use of adult stem cells is a very promising field, but as our comprehensive review of the current scientific literature shows, the data available today do not substantiate the marketing claims being made to patients seeking aesthetic surgery and aesthetic medical treatments.” Although much of the report’s language is directed at surgeons themselves, there are some things you should take into account when considering breast augmentation using stem cells. In particular, you should ask your surgeon:

It’s also important to remember that at this point breast augmentation using fat grafting (even using stem cells) cannot currently give the same quality of results as that offered by breast implants. If you want to learn more about the science, safety, and options for breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David A. Bottger.