Suzanne Somers Says Stem Cell Breast Reconstruction is "Awesome" [VIDEO]

MakenzieR on 8 May 2012 at 9:00am

suzanne somers breast reconstructionWhen someone asked the RealSelf doctors about the possibility stem cell breast reconstruction, many said that it was a very distant and uncertain reality. Fast forward 3 years and actress Suzanne Somers is now the happy face of this treatment -- which has so far been successful for her.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Somers has a lumpectomy which she says removed more tissue than she expected. "I thought it’d take like a quarter’s worth out. But when they took the bandages off, there was like, two-thirds of my breast gone,” she told Dr. Oz. “Now throughout my career, I’ve been kind of known as a sex symbol…how ironic here I am, sex symbol, and I have one and a third breasts."

"The only thing I was offered when I first had this surgery was implants," Somers told Piers Morgan last week. "I said 'What, you're going to take my good one too?' And they said 'Well you've got to have two for symmetry.' ... I said, 'Sew me up, something better will come.'"

Luckily for her, it did. Check out this video of her recent interview on CNN:

Stay tuned for more on stem cell breast reconstruction. And be sure to read our previous post about stem cells for cosmetic breast augmentations.

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Hi Makenzie and Fla Breast Aug:
High density fat grafting to the breast for reconstruction is performed routinely by plastic surgeons and is absolutely allowed by the FDA. However, a mixture of freshly isolated stem cells (via enzymatic digestion) from the SVF combined with a fat graft must have an IRB *and* an IND approved FDA application. I am 100% sure about this because we received written guidance from the FDA on the subject , as well as spoke with them directly over the past 3 years.
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Thank you for clearing that up, Dr. Rodriguez!

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I was so annoyed with the story on Inside Edition, which stated Sommer's is the only woman in the US to have done this procedure. I did it instead of having implants, and my friend did it for reconstruction, post breast cancer. Also, the FDA does allow the treatment, which was another fact they had wrong in that story!
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Thank you for sharing that with us. I'm actually working on a follow-up about this procedure being performed in the US, because I have heard a lot of opinions on the subject in the past week.

I'm curious -- did you and/or your friend have a "stem cell" augmentation, or just fat transfer? It's my understanding so far that fat transfer for reconstruction has been happening for a while, but actually isolating the stem cells (as Suzanne has done) for that purpose requires a few legal hoop jumps in addition to the stem cell isolation.

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Hi Makenzie, I called my doctor for clarification on this matter. My procedure was done with stem cells taken from my own body, which is legal in the U.S. The FDA doesn't allow people to use stem cells taken from placenta or embrios, which belong to animals or other people. If you have any other questions about my procedure, feel free to call my doctor (Darryl Blinski at 305-598-0091). He has done thousands of these procedures and would be a better resource to you, than I am. Thanks!
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