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Belly Fat Deemed Valuable Source of Stem Cells

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 7, 2008

If you’ve been thinking about liposuction or other fat removal procedures to get rid of belly fat for good, recent studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons give you good reason to hold on to a few of those cells.

Researchers report that the lower abdomen is where stem cells are stored,  the same cells that promote healthy cell renewal, support healthy organ and tissue functioning, and may also be used as part of an anti-aging regiment.

According to  J. Peter Rubin, MD, a member of the ASPS Fat Grafting Task Force who is involved in pre-clinical trial work on stem cells taken from fat;

“Adult stem cells, derived from our own tissues, hold strong promise for improved clinical therapies,” and that “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.” (Source:

This means that the stem cells can be harvested from a liposuction procedure and transplanted into another area of the body that needs to heal, or where cells need to regenerate.

Experts are already conducting studies and tests to determine how stem cells may be used to repair skin that this prone to wrinkles, or rebuild skin tissues after trauma.


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