Today’s Controversy of the Day: A pair of twin brother plastic surgeons in the U.K. are offering a breast implant alternative that sounds like a miracle cure. By liposuctioning fat from the stomach, mixing it with stem cells, and injecting it into the breasts, women can avoid silicone or saline implants. But before you get too excited, be sure to weigh the potential downsides.
There are several things wrong with this procedure, not the least of which is the fact that the fat can possibly harden or be absorbed back into the body, leaving the breasts lumpy and uneven (ew). It requires “topping up” every six months for two years, until the process needs to be repeated completely. The use of stem cells can accelerate breast cancer and possibly even cause it.
The procedure is so young that potentially devastating long-term effects have not been discovered yet, and it really shouldn’t be offered on a widespread basis. It seems that the procedure is much more experimental than the article would lead you to believe.
Would you risk having such an unproven procedure done? How far would you go to improve your body?