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Thigh Fat = Perky New Breasts?

Photo: Linda Barlett for National Cancer Institute

A pretty sensational press release crossed my desk today, claiming that the first “stem cell breast augmentation” had been performed in Florida, with an injection of regenerative cells that should increase the patient’s bust by one cup size.

Fat was taken from the woman’s thighs and hips via lipo, and then processed to extract natural regenerative cells – which were then injected into her breasts.

Now THAT’S my idea of recycling!

But remember that anytime you re-inject your own fat into your body, some absorption can happen. The release claims that this procedure retains 80% of the injected fat.

This all seemed a little too good to be true, so I consulted board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parham Ganchi of Wayne, NJ to ask what he thought.

“This is basically fat injection to the breast which has been around since at least the early 90’s. When fat is harvested, there are stem cells there. What these stem cells do or don’t do is not known. What we do know is that by taking the fat and stem cells and whatever else is mixed in there and putting it in the breast, you can achieve a very modest breast augmentation. The problem is that there have been some concerns about the injected cells increasing the chance of breast cancer and interfering with our ability to detect breast cancer on a mammogram,” says Dr. Ganchi.

If longer term studies show that the procedure is safe, Dr. Ganchi does think this could become a more popular option.

But because we’re dealing with a possible connection to breast cancer, studies will take years – maybe even a lifetime.

So for now, silicone and saline are still your best friends.

  • Gilly Newman on January 30, 2010

    My daughter is planning to undergo breast agumentation surgery early next year. As a mom, I am a little bit worried. Do you think by next year this regenerative therapy be available commercially all over US?

  • Grace Gold on January 30, 2010

    Hi Gilly,

    This is a very experimental treatment that is still undergoing lots of tests, so I don’t see it being commercially available for a long time – if it ever is. There are so many variable factors involved in it that I think traditional breast implants are much more predictable and safe option.

    Your daughter can sign up for my free report on my website ( or up in the right hand corner to help guide her going into the surgery, and then she’ll receive my free newsletters as well, which are all about getting a sexy breast augmentation SAFELY!

  • Jennifer on January 30, 2010

    I think that sounds scary, because at least with implants if you don’t like them you can take them out. But what would you do here??

  • Sarah on March 29, 2011

    I wish I would have knew about this before I lost my thigh fat LOL. Hey!I check out my blog! I teach people how to exercise to lose thigh fat



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