Stem cell-enriched fat grafting
Dr Kai-Uwe Schlaudraff is the first plastic surgeon in Switzerland to have offered stem cell-enriched fat grafting. He collaborated in the development of this technique, and therefore has the experience and expertise required to treat patients successfully. In a normal graft, when the fat is transplanted, the creation of a new blood supply is essential for providing the oxygen and nutrients necessary for its survival. Without this blood supply, the transplanted fat cells die. In plastic surgery, stem cell-enriched fat grafting improves the conventional fat grafting through a technology originally developed by Cytori Therapeutics. Fatty or adipose tissue contains high concentrations of stem cells, called regenerative cells. These facilitate healing and are essential for establishing blood flow. By combining purified fat cells, stem cells and regenerative cells from adipose tissue to form a cell-enriched fat graft, the survival of the transplanted fat is achieved. The fat integrates into the patient’s body, regenerating or increasing the soft tissue volume. Eventually, it functions as normal fatty tissue in the body,
For those who wish to store their cells for future treatments can do so with the Swiss Stem Cell Foundation (www.sscf.ch). Dr Schlaudraff has served on the scientifique committée of the Swiss Stem Cell Foundation since 2015.