COSMETIC SURGERY INNOVATION OR SNAKE OIL??


Plastic Surgeons have been doing fat grafting procedures for decadess. Many procedures use fat from the thighs and abdomen and graft it into the breasts or face, to create a smoother, firmer look. According to industry figures, plastic surgeons performed nearly 60,000 fat grafting procedures in the U.S. in 2010.

Fat grafting involves taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another. Some devices are entering the market that claim to  remove unwanted fluid, blood cells and debris from the fat to prepare it for grafting. Other systems are said to separate and purify adult stem cells to create fat grafts enhanced with adult stem cells. Wallah – the so-called “stem cell facelift” which some plastic surgeons tout as a means to creating a younger, healthier-looking physique than through traditional surgery.

 

But there are few studies backed by clinical evidence to support such claims, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved any therapies using stem cells for cosmetic use.

Dr. Felmont Eaves, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, calls this modern-day snake oil . . . the worst form of merchandising for a procedure that doesn’t have scientific evidence to back it up.

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