We can collect MSCs from bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat). To collect bone marrow, a physician draws a small amount from the back of your hip bone. The procedure is quick and performed using local anesthetic. Due to the anesthetic you don’t feel pain, but some feel a weird cramping sensation for several seconds during the draw. I felt it. It wasn’t bad. Most people say that it was far less uncomfortable than they anticipated. To be honest, I’d rather have my bone marrow collected again than have my teeth cleaned. It’s much faster, and less
uncomfortable in my opinion. Also, you get a store of stem cells that no longer age.
For fat, we are collecting cells from people that have had a liposuction or similar fat collection procedure. In these cases, people are typically scheduled to have the procedure anyway, and have opted to collect their stem cells at the same time. Otherwise, the fat and the stem cells within end up in the trash, which is a lost opportunity. I haven’t had a liposuction, but I am tempted to do it, just to get the experience. I have a low BMI, but surprisingly, physicians can collect an adequate amount of fat from even slim individuals. Our clients that are collecting stem cells from fat are often excited that they can get the benefit of stem cell storage from something they were doing anyway.