Storing Stem Cells from Fat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/04

Storing Stem Cells from Fat

Who would have thought you'd want to save the fat you remove in liposuction? Researchers are finding that fat is rich in stem cells, so plastic surgeons like Dr. Ron North are now offering liposuction patients the opportunity to store those cells.

"They're your stem cells, so they could be harvested, cultured, and put back in your body to grow a new bone, or perhaps even with Alzheimer's, new brain tissue. It could help either regenerate or heal some organs in a way that right now is all theory, but in 30 or 20 years, who knows?" says Ron North, M.D., plastic surgeon.

Dr. North says right now the storing of fat cells is very expensive, but there is already a storage facility in California. So, if you are planning liposuction, ask your doctor about the possibility of storing those fat cells.

Researchers believe this is the wave of the future, and as interest builds, it could become more affordable as a high tech insurance policy for later in life.

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