Are you thinking about getting liposuction to contour your curves, minimize love handles, and address those stubborn exercise- and diet-resistant pockets of fat? While you may be aware of the benefits liposuction offers, now there’s one more, and perhaps the most significant of all!

As a result of liposuction, you are given a key to access an exciting new kind of personal “bio insurance” that could have a huge impact on your future health and well-being. A type of insurance that David G. Genecov, MD, FACS, a renowned craniofacial plastic surgeon who is the co-founder and medical director of Dallas-based BioLife Cell Bank, believes is “the best kind of health insurance for the future that someone can buy.” You won’t be turned down and after a reasonable initial set-up fee the monthly cost is around what you would pay for three or four cappuccinos at your favorite coffee house.

What exactly is this amazing new kind of insurance that will help you plan for your health future just as you would plan for your financial future? BioLife Cell Bank, the first and largest bank of its kind, safely processes and then cryogenically stores adipose (fat) tissue derived from liposuction, which contains a large amount of adult regenerative stem cells. Storing your stem cells now helps assure they will be available, if needed, in the future to treat a chronic or catastrophic illness. Stem cell therapy is also used in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to improve healing, promote revascularization, boost blood supply, and more.

Banking your fat and adult stem cells at BioLife Cell Bank is easy. Simply have your liposuction performed by a surgeon accredited with BioLife. If you’re not sure if your plastic surgeon is affiliated, ask. There is no cost for physicians to become BioLife-accredited, and there’s a huge upside for you. Instead of your liposuctioned body fat being disposed of as medical waste, BioLife Cell Bank gives you the opportunity to store it indefinitely and use it multiple times throughout your life, along with the adult stem and regenerative cells it contains.


Why is fat and stem cell storage happening now? There are a couple of things that have acted as catalysts. First, scientists around the world have discovered that adipose (fat) tissue is a great source for adult stem and regenerative cells. Adult stem cells are undifferentiated, non-embryonic prototype cells that can mature and take on the identity of other body cells like fat, bone, tendon, nerve, muscle, cartilage, and more. These remarkable, regenerative cells are up to 500 times more abundant in your own body fat than in bone marrow or blood, according to Ray Zale, Chief Operating Officer for BioLife Cell Bank.

At the same time, breakthrough technology and techniques have been designed that enable BioLife Cell Bank to safely process and then cryogenically store undamaged adipose tissue with its adult stem cells intact, for future use. Cryogenics is the cool science related to the production of extremely low temperatures.

Dr. Carlos Raul Barceló, an esteemed craniomaxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon, adds, “In the past, fat cells that were frozen died. They would crystallize and couldn’t be re-used. With the advent of new technology and processing techniques used by BioLife Cell Bank, we can successfully prepare and cryogenically freeze fat cells that remain viable. Instead of the fat cells dying, there is a 90 percent survival rate when they are brought back to life.”


If this sounds like something too futuristic or maybe just too good to be true, we assure you it’s not. There is no question that adipose tissue is chock-full of adult stem cells. As for adult regenerative and stem cell therapies, science has identified a myriad of uses, and they’ve only scratched a tiny tip of the iceberg. Just imagine the innovative uses and discoveries around adult stem cell therapy that will occur in the near future, let alone in 10 to 15 years.

“This isn’t some far-fetched concept. Adult stem cell therapy is real,and it is safely and effectively used today, including use in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In fact, there are at least 20 adult stem cell therapies I know of that work, and there is data that backs this up,” Dr. Genecov commented. “I’ve used them myself as a surgeon with good success, and, I have stored my own adipose fat-derived stem cells. I’ve banked my future.”

Dr. Genecov also notes that using cryogenically frozen cells is far from new. “We have had cryo-preserved tissues injected into our bodies for years such as red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The process we use for cryogenically freezing adipose tissue is new, but it is an adaptation of a long-used and proven process.”

“Nothing is more natural than reconstructive or cosmetic procedures that use your own body fat,” Mr. Zale added. “There is also a benefit to using your own, more youthful stem cells when considering treatment for disease found later in life. The mood in the country today is for a more natural approach to maintaining a person’s appearance while considering medical decisions about his or her health.”

Dr. R. Craig Saunders, a DFW area-based surgeon who uses adult stem cell therapy in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, stated, “BioLife Cell Bank is very user-friendly for physicians. I’m pleased to be able to offer my patients what is essentially cell insurance. A single cubic centimeter of adipose fat can have about one million stem cells in it. What we have to do in the medical community is educate the public and help everyone understand the amazing progress that’s being made in adult stem cell therapy. Combine this with being able to easily extract, store and use your own natural, regenerative adult stem cells, and it becomes easy to understand that this is a major step forward in medicine—a real game-changer.”


The ability to freeze and then re-use your own fat is a breakthrough in and of itself. Add to this the benefits of harvesting and storing your adult stem cells along with body fat, and you have an incredibly synergistic combination.

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is the original injectible filler with a soft, natural feel that grows and ages with you over time.  This minimally invasive procedure has been used by plastic surgeons for years to fill in facial creases and folds, minimize hollow-looking troughs under the eyes, create plumper, fuller lips, and to add fullness to areas such as the cheeks and the backside of hands. The issue with fat grafting in the past has been how much of or how long the transferred fat will last. Results varied. The good news is that an infusion of adult stem cells into the fat has been shown to help boost the survival rate of the transferred fat. This means the results of fat transfer can last longer and are more reliable.

“In an era where fat grafting is used to augment tissue, the ability to harvest and then store your own fat for future use is a great idea. There are multiple uses and applications, and it really facilitates autologous fat transfer,” said Ricardo Meade, a board-certified plastic surgeon.

“We separate adult stem cells from the fat obtained via liposuction and add those stem cells to more fat, almost like fertilizer when you’re planting a rose bush or something,” Dr. Genecov stated.” You add those stem cells to the fat and it enhances the fat’s ability to survive.”

In addition, if you are using your own banked fat for fat grafting versus having a fresh batch removed via liposuction, Dr. Genecov says that over time, you can save money using your stem cell-enriched body fat instead of relying on man-made injectible fillers. Man-made fillers last about 6 months or so and require repeated, regular injections for aesthetic maintenance.


For a long time people have wanted body enhancing procedures like breast augmentation, that didn’t require the placement of implants. With adult stem cell therapy boosting the potential longevity of transferred fat, it makes it much more viable to use your own body fat to augment breasts, create shapely contours to the buttocks, and more. This gives you a natural alternative to implants that comes directly from you instead of a man-made, synthetic, foreign material like silicon. Fat transfer also offers the benefits of minimal incisions and therefore minimal scars, less trauma, and faster recovery, compared to the placement of implants.

“There’s a real advantage to being able to store fat and stem cells, and have them readily accessible for later use for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery,” Dr. Barceló said. “If you have had fat transfer and some of the fat is re-absorbed by your body, what do you do? Before, we had to harvest more fat via liposuction before we could replenish the fat that was lost. Thanks to BioLife Cell Bank, now we can easily replace it without the patient having to undergo additional fat harvesting.”

Dr. Genecov noted that the same advantage applies to reconstructive surgery. For example, in the past, treating patients with craniofacial deformities and conditions with transferred fat over time required performing repeated liposuction to harvest the fat. “I didn’t want my patients have to keep going through liposuction time and again. This is what interested me in co-founding BioLife Cell Bank. I knew there had to be a way to safely and effectively freeze and bank healthy, living, undamaged fat cells for future use.”


When is the best time to harvest and store adipose tissue and adult stem cells? Experts agree the sooner the better. “Removing fat when you’re younger—in your 20s, 30s, or 40s—is better because stem cells aren’t as potent by your 50s and 60s,” said Dr. Genecov. “The younger the adult stem cell, the greater its capacity to divide, repair and replenish your organs and tissues.”

So what if you’re 55, are planning to have liposuction, and want to store your fat and stem cells for future use? Do it. You may not need them until you’re 70, but the cells will be from a 55 year old versus a 70 year old.


1. Can other people use my cells? Who do the cells that I store belong to?
Each person may only use his or her own cells. The cells belong to you and are stored for your use only.

2. Do I need to communicate with BioLife to set things up or does my doctor do that?
Your doctor will communicate with BioLife. You will be issued a card with your information (and BioLife’s) should you need to make contact. Your doctor’s records will also include your BioLife information.

3. Where are my cells stored?
Your cells are stored in a cryogenic preservation tank at BioLife’s facility in Dallas, Texas.

4. How long can my cells be stored?
Your cells will be stored in a state of suspended animation with cryopreservation. The potency is maintained for years and is, theoretically, indefinite.

5. Does BioLife Cell Bank have any say in the way my cells will be used?
That’s strictly a personal decision made by you and your physician. BioLife simply stores and distributes your cells upon your request.

6. Can another physician besides the one who originally helped me store cells with BioLife, access my cells for my use?
Yes, they can be used by any physician at your request.

7. How does fat freezing and storage work?
For successful stem cell and fat storage, the removed fat is first cleaned and injected with three important life-sustaining solutions. It is then placed in a container and held in reserve at a temperature of minus 180 degrees Celsius. Similar to how eggs, sperm and long-term plasma storage is being conducted, the fat remains cryogenically frozen until needed and is then sent back to the physician to use on the same patient.


Adult stem cells are a type of undifferentiated, non-embryonic cell that can mature into adult cells like fat, bone, tendon, nerve, muscle, cartilage, and more.

The primary role of adult stem cells is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. These specialized cells are capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. They become activated by a normal need for more cells to maintain tissues, or by disease or tissue injury. They also can improve blood supply.

Every living human has adult stem cells. They are found throughout the body in tissues such as bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, and adipose (fat) tissue. However, it is the adipose fat tissue that has 500 times the amount of stem cells of both bone marrow and umbilical cord blood.

In the past, the only way to acquire adult stem cells was from bone marrow. The process was complicated, painful, and produced only a small amount of stem cells. In comparison, a huge volume of stem cells can be found in your own body fat. In fact, adult stem cells located in body fat are the most abundant type of adult stem cell you have.

Fat collection is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure (liposuction), often performed under local anesthesia.

For more information about BioLife Cell Bank and their services, and a directory of BioLife-accredited physicians, visit and call BioLife at 972.379.9705.


11970 North Central Expressway, Suite 280
Dallas, TX 75243


Visit and download an application to become an approved BioLife banking physician. BioLife will also add you to our online list of providers and will deliver materials for you and your office staff to promote BioLife to your patients.

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