A significant advance in surgical regenerative medicine has been the development and refinement of
techniques to transfer fat tissue in a minimally invasive manner. This allows the regeneration of fat
tissue in other parts of the body, using a patient’s own extra fat tissue. This technique is
revolutionizing many reconstructive procedures, including breast reconstruction. Importantly, fat
tissue is an important source of adult mesenchymal stem cells. Discovered by plastic surgeons,
adipose derived stem cells are easy to isolate from fat tissue and hold tremendous promise for
treating many disorders across the body.