What is adipose tissue?
Adipose tissue is the medical name for the fat removed during liposuction and other procedures. It is made up of fat cells as well as other types of cells such as collagen, red blood cells, cytokines, adipocytes, endothelial cells, and a special type of stem cell referred to as an 'Adipose Stem Cell' (ASC)or 'Mesenchymal Stem Cell' (MSC). In fact, adipose tissue is the richest source of MSCs in the human body.
What are adipose stem cells?
Adipose stem cells are adult stem cells found in fat tissue and also referred to as Mesenchymal Stem Cells or 'MSCs' for short. These stem cells are pluripotent, which means they can give rise to a number of different cell types such as bone, cartilage, nerve, muscle and heart. Researchers are developing treatments using one's own stem cells to regrow and regenerate different types of tissue and organs in humans. Use of your own cells is called "autologous", and autologous treatments have no risk of rejection since they are your own cells.
Why bank adipose tissue and stem cells?
Anyone can collect and bank a sample of their adipose tissue and stem cells. Liposuction and other procedures are normally a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and banking tissue enables a patient to use their own, natural tissue in many ways including:
- Cosmetic treatments for wrinkles or facial contouring
- Augmentation of lips or eyes
- Rejuvenation of hands
- Reconstruction following surgery
- Potential use of the stem cells in cell therapy and regenerative medicine
How long will the adipose tissue and stem cells remain useful frozen?
Adipose tissue and stem cells are cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen and should remain useful indefinitely.
What are the costs?
If your sample is requested for use in cosmetic procedures, a fee is charged for shipping and preparation of your tissue for use. If your sample is requested for use in clinical trial for regenerative medicine, there is no charge for retrieval or preparation; however the Client is responsible for applicable shipping fees.
Are there any advantages to storing stem cells today versus in the future?
Yes, there are three key advantages:
- No additional surgical harvest is needed in the future to collect tissue and cells.
- You may immediately begin utilizing your tissue in cosmetic, augmentation, rejuvenation and reconstructive procedures.
- By storing your stem cells today, rather than in the future, you preserve your youngest possible cells. Younger cells are more vigorous and proliferative than older cells. In fact the stem cells you store today will be cryopreserved and not age, so that years from now, they will still be as vital as the day they are banked.