Australian scientists are hoping that a new procedure will allow breast regeneration after a mastectomy. If it is proven successful, the procedure could replace breast reconstruction with synthetic implants. Trials are set to begin with real human patients very soon.
A biodegradable chamber is placed within the chest, containing stem cells obtained from the patient’s own fatty tissue. As the cells divide and grow, the natural fat of the breast is recreated.
Several years may be required to fully develop this procedure, but scientists are optimistic about its potential to replace the current procedures in breast reconstruction, which use tissue flaps and/or saline or silicone breast implants to recreate the breast after mastectomy.