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After Liposuction, What Do They Do with the Fat Removed from Your Body?

I always wondered... After liposuction, what do they do with the fat removed from your body, or the skin? Is it actually good for someone skinny, or good for anything? Thanks!

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Medical Waste.

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Thank you for the question.Tissue removed during surgery is discarded in “medical waste”. The waste disposal companies then process the medical waste in an industrial incinerator or treat the tissue with heat processing before sending it to landfills. 


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Fat After Liposuction

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The fat removed is safely disposed of. However, it may also be processed and reinjected as is the case with a brazilian butt lift.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo and fat removal

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In the movie "Fat Club" they use it to make soap!.  But in the real world, it is discarded as medical waste.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Who is the "they"? Just kidding.

The surgical facility should dispose of the fat as per protocol for medical waste. It is collected by a medical waste disposal company, processed (destroyed/incinerated) and then disposed of.

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The fat is either discarded, or purified and re-injected elsewhere as graft material for volume restoration or augmentation.  Adult fat contains stem cells, which may also be cryopreserved for possible future use to treat illness.

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