procedures The Stem-Celled Hope For New Breasts October 17, 2013 Written By: BreastImplants.org Published On October 17, 2013 The Study Transferred fat does not survive in its new location in up to 80% percent of breast reconstruction surgeries. Stem cells can change that, according to a recent study published by The Lancet. To observe tissue survival rates, 10 volunteers were monitored to examine the distinction between stem-cell fat grafts and traditional grafting methods. Two grafts, one enriched with stem cells and one without, were injected into each volunteer's upper arms. Higher amounts of tissue, including new connective tissue, were found in the stem-cell enriched grafts, which were also shown to retain significantly more fat volume. Please Read This: Breast Lift You may also like: FDA Approves Another Implant What This Could Mean For Mastectomies This discovery can mean a lot for reconstructive surgery, especially breast reconstruction. Dr. Stig-Frederick Trojahn Kolle, conductor of the study, wrote that benefits include "fewer side effects and more satisfying cosmetic results." This is increasingly important as advances in technology raise breast cancer survival rates and women are living longer after their mastectomy. Still, only 25 percent of women get a new breast after they lose one to cancer. You Might Like This: The Mommy Makeover Why are so many opting out of breast reconstruction after their early mastectomies? Many fear the risks that come with silicon or saline implants: rupture, asymmetry (if only a single implant is inserted), and reoccurring replacements. Despite the advancements in breast implant techniques, a lot of women are searching for a better option. For some, new discoveries in stem-cell grafts as a reconstructive technique can be the alternative they are looking for. You may also like: New Technology Makes Home Breast Exams Easier Miles To Go With a more natural look and a soft-tissue feel, why are stem-cell enriched grafts not a current option for those seeking breast reconstruction? In March of 2013, a federal appeals court sided with the FDA in rejecting the stem cell devices developed by Cytori Therapeutics Inc., producers of devices that use adult stem cells for the purpose of breast reconstruction, burn healing, and repairing damaged heart tissue. Although this technology has been adopted by some plastic surgeons, medical devices can't be marketed in America without FDA approval. The research is in its infancy stages and there are miles to go before we will see it mass-marketed to the public. You may also like: Why Polyurethane Coated Implants Are Not In The US Recommended Articles procedures Breast Lift mommy makeover The Mommy Makeover Most Searched Questions What size is right for me? How much does breast augmentation cost? What should I ask my plastic surgeon? How do I find a plastic surgeon? Tags: procedures Comments Learn More: Nipple Piercings Before And After Breast Augmentation Surgery Exercises And Massage After Breast Augmentation Post Surgery: Pros And Cons Of Taking Antibiotics For Dental Work Best Apparel For Breast Implants Tattoos Do's And Don'ts How Big Is Too Big?