In January, the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia will start a clinical trial for Neopac, a new approach to breast augmentation. The method: inserting a breast-shaped chamber under the chest skin and adding stem cells from the woman's own fat tissue. If the study works in humans as it did in preclinical trials in animals, the cells will divide and grow, creating the same permanent fat found naturally in breasts.
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"We are hoping...in the next two years [to] develop a biodegreadable chamber so that the fat can grow inside the chamber, and then the chamber will vanish naturally," said Phillip Marzella, the chief operating office of the Institute. The science-if it pans out-has potential as an alternative to both standard breast augmentation and post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Stay tuned.
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