Semin Plast Surg 2019; 33(03): 162-166
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1693018
Review Article
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Stem Cells and Plastic Surgery

Nikhil A. Agrawal
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Dmitry Zavlin
2  Institute for Reconstructive Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Matthew R. Louis
3  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
,
Edward M. Reece
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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Publication Date:
02 August 2019 (online)

Abstract

Pluripotent stem cells can help recreate a variety of different tissues. Stem cells are already in use in a variety of ways in the medical field but plastic surgeons have particular interest because of the constant need to produce additional tissue or mold existing tissue. More and more commercial products are being marketed with far-reaching goals and some with proven and promising results. In this article, the authors discuss the basic science behind stem cells and the theories on how they work. They then discuss some active uses of stem cells that should be understood by all plastic surgeons. The reader should then have an understanding and basis to evaluate new technologies and commercial products as they develop.