Cosmetic surgery 'unlikely to reactivate breast cancer'

A cosmetic surgery procedure which involves reconstructing breasts using stem cells has been found to be safe.

The treatment had been held up as a favourable option for women following cancer surgery, however there had been some concerns.

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, led by professor Albert Donnenberg, have found that stem cell-enriched autologuos fat is safe, even in the presence of inactive tumour cells.

Dr Karl-Georg Heinrich, a Viennese pioneer of stem cell breast augmentation, told Medical News Today: "Breast augmentation with the body's own stem cells is suitable for both reconstruction after tumor removal and for cosmetic reasons for women wanting larger breasts or wanting to regain lost breast volume following breastfeeding and weight loss."

The doctor has successfully used the treatment to enhance facial features, cleavage, buttocks, hips and thighs.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that breast augmentations are still the number one cosmetic surgery procedure taking place within the Harley Medical Group's Irish clinics.

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