Most patients that walk into the Cosmetic Surgery of Indianapolis practice seeking liposuction only want to shape their bodies into a sexy silhouette. The thought that their fat could ultimately be used to their benefit rarely crosses their minds. Cosmetically, the fat can be transferred and used like a filler. But new studies suggest that our fat from liposuction could also be beneficial to our health later on down the road.
Our fat contains high amounts of stem cells. If you’re familiar with stem cells, you’ll know that they have a unique ability to produce daughter cells that, when exposed to other cells, can become other cells. If daughter cells are exposed to blood cells, then the daughter cells can become blood cells, etc. This unique ability has caused scientists to study stem cells intently in hopes that this could be the key to combat ailments such as heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and even cancer.
And, although nothing has been proven yet, scientists also believe stem cells to be the reason why fat transfers have been so successful in recent years. Because liposuction procedures have progressed, more intact fat is able to be removed from the body. The more intact fat there is, the more viable stem cells there are. The more intact fat there is in a fat transfer, the more likely it is to succeed, and scientists believe it’s the stem cells’ doing.
Despite the fact that the fat transfer idea has yet to be proven, we do know that stem cells have a lot of potential to help us. We also know that stem cells become less viable and lose their ability as we age. This is why some people have actually begun storing their fat after a liposuction procedure.
Although only one fat bank currently exists in the United States, more are bound to pop up as we continue to study the workings of stem cells. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should wait. Viable stem cells only last so long. And, on the plus side, you’re not only potentially saving your life down the road, but receiving a beautifully contoured body in the process.
To your health and beauty,