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!

Doctor Answers 6

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. 

What happens to the fat.

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After liposuction procedures the fat is disposed of by a waste disposal company that handles medical waste. 

Francis X. Fleming, MD
Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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.

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
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

What happens to the fat removed by liposuction?

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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.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

What happens to fat after liposuction ?

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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.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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