Non-embryonic stem cells could soon be used to create the collagen used in many cosmetic surgery procedures.
Healtheuniverse, a biotechnology development firm, has filed a patent application for the company's collagen production method using adult stem cells.
The company will be the first to use non-embryonic stem cells for plastic and cosmetic surgery.
"Engineered fat tissue from stem cells is the ideal solution for patients with wrinkles, contour irregularities, and for breast augmentation," said Dr Vipul Dev, chief executive officer of Healtheuniverse."
"By utilising adult stem cells via Healtheuniverse's packaged product, we hope to effectively engineer fat tissue and provide worldwide access to the technology for a variety of commercial surgical and cosmetic applications."
As soon as human clinical trials have been conducted, the company plans to sell its technology to plastic and cosmetic surgeons in up to 117 countries covered by the patent agreement.