Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 735–744 | Cite as

Stem cell regenerative potential for plastic and reconstructive surgery

  • Martin BoháčEmail author
  • Mária Csöbönyeiová
  • Ida Kupcová
  • Radoslav Zamborský
  • Jozef Fedeleš
  • Ján Koller
Full Length Review


Stem cells represent heterogeneous population of undifferentiated cells with unique characteristics of long term self renewal and plasticity. Moreover, they are capable of active migration to diseased tissues, secretion of different bioactive molecules, and they have immunosuppressive potential as well. They occur in all tissues through life and are involved in process of embryogenesis and regeneration. During last decades stem cells attracted significant attention in each field of medicine, including plastic and reconstructive surgery. The main goal of the present review article is to present and discuss the potential of stem cells and to provide information about their safe utilization in chronic wounds and fistulae healing, scar management, breast reconstruction, as well as in bone, tendon and peripheral nerve regeneration.


Stem cells iPSCs Regenerative medicine Plastic surgery 



Received from Ministry of Health of the Slovak republic (Registration number: 2012/4-UKBA-4) and Slovak Research and Development Agency (Registration number: APVV-14-0032).

Author’s contribution

MB designed, organized, and prepared the manuscript from the initial draft to final version. MC participated in manuscript preparation. IK participated in manuscript preparation. RZ was involved in manuscript design, organization and preparation. JF participated in manuscript preparation. JK participated in manuscript preparation.

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Conflict of interest

All authors have completed the Unified Competing Interest form at (available on request from the corresponding author) and declare: no support from any organization for the submitted work; no financial relationships with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work in the previous 3 years; no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of MedicineComenius University in Bratislava and University HospitalBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Institute of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of MedicineComenius University in BratislavaBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.Department of the Oromaxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of MedicineComenius University in Bratislava and University HospitalBratislavaSlovakia
  4. 4.Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of MedicineComenius University in Bratislava and Children’s University HospitalBratislavaSlovakia
  5. 5.Department of Burn Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of MedicineComenius University in Bratislava and University HospitalBratislavaSlovakia

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