Q: Dr. Eppley, How can I be a part of the FDA-approved clinical study for stem cell enriched breast augmentation?
A: To the best of my knowledge, there is no current FDA study that is evaluating stem cell enriched breast augmentation. Some plastic surgeons use the term ‘stem cell enriched’ when breast augmentation is done by fat injections, but that is neither part of an FDA sanctioned study nor is it truly stem cell enriched. Since all harvested and processed fat contains stem cells, calling fat injections stem cell enriched is a very liberal use of that term. (more bluntly an exaggeration) True stem cell enrichment would mean that stem cells are isolated and then put back into fat injections in a very concentrated form with high numbers of active cells. That is a quite different process that simple fat harvest and concentration.
Dr. Barry Eppley