Regenerative medicine is the science of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues
or organs to restore or establish normal form and function. This broadly encompasses the use of
cells, tissues, drugs, synthetic biomaterials and devices to help patients heal more effectively from
trauma, cancer therapy, other disease processes and birth anomalies. Regenerative medicine
therapies can have goals of both healing damaged tissues and forming new tissue.
While many clinicians and scientists across all fields of medicine have been involved in regenerative
medicine research and clinical advances over the last two decades, plastic surgeons have been
especially instrumental in moving new therapies into the clinical arena and having a leadership role
in new scientific discoveries.