A procedure that uses a person's own stem cells to carry out a breast augmentation
is now available in the UK.
Lucy Mead, a 23-year-old sales adviser from Middlesex, told the Daily Mail that she had the procedure to boost her breasts from their original size 34C.
Ms Mead was reluctant to have invasive cosmetic surgery
and thought that repeat injections of the filler Macrolane would prove too expensive in the long term.
She therefore approached Dr Mike Comins at the Private Clinic of Harley Street after hearing about the pioneering Stem Cell-Enriched Breast Augmentation.
The procedure - which is carried out under local anaesthetic - takes fat and stem cells from a patient's thighs and then injects it into the breasts to increase their size.
"For two days after surgery I felt sore from the liposuction, the same feeling you get when you've done a hard workout in the gym and your muscles hurt," Ms Mead told the Daily Mail.
"There wasn't any bruising on my breasts. They're noticeably bigger, lifted and more rounded, giving a lovely shape in my clothes," she revealed, adding that friends think they look "amazing".
Dr Comins told the newspaper that the procedure marks the first time stem cells have been used in purely cosmetic surgery.
"It's safe, effective and cost-effective. It's a very natural, organic way of improving the shape and size of the breasts," he added.
According to the Private Clinic of Harley Street's website, Dr Comins is one of only two doctors in the whole of the UK to be trained in Vaser Hi-Def, an advanced body sculpting technique that precisely moves fat from around muscle groups to enhance the underlying musculature.