Where Does the Fat Go After Liposuction?

where does the liquied fat go? if it goes to vains, what about hart-attach or stroke? what happens to excess skin?

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Where does metled, liquefied fat from liposuction go to?

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Most of the fat get's sucked out and that is why it is called liposuction. However some of the remaining fat is absorbed by the body's lymphatic and venous systems. It has not beed shown to produce heart attacks but in rare instances obstruct the lungs or other vessels if a heart defect is present.


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Liposuction is performed to suction fat out of the subcutaneous space.  This is mechanically removed and does  not require your body to absorb it.

Liposuction, cosmetic surgery

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Liposuction removes fat permanently from areas it is taken.  Other areas can change in size with weight loss and weight gain.

Removal of fat with liposuction

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During liposuction, fat is removed by aspiration with suction cannulas, and the skin then shrinks back down over several weeks to produce the final contour.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Fat in Liposuction

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Liposuction sucks out the fat from your body through the liposuction instruments.  It is then disposed of appropriately.  The excess skin that is left behind can contract (if you're still young, have elastic skin, and the skin excess is not huge), but the contraction is not very big.  If you have a lot of excess skin, you may consider having it removed by cutting it out.
Martin Jugenburg, MD

Liposuction and Fat

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Regarding :"Where Does the Fat Go After Liposuction?
where does the liquied fat go? if it goes to vains, what about hart-attach or stroke? what happens to excess skin?"

Suction - assisted Lipectomy or Liposuction literally means the removal of fat by suction. The fat is pulled out of areas of excess by applying a high vacuum to it. I think you are confusing it with OTHER techniques which claim to liquefy fat through the skin leading to concerns of how would the body dispose of such fat.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction and the fat

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whether liposuction is done conventionally with tumescent liposuction, or laser-assisted liposuction, such as the SmartLipo procedure, the fat is removed by vacuum suction aspiration and a long hollow cannula that is used in the tissues. The fat liquifies with Smart Lipo and Vaser not conventional liposuction, but the fat is removed regardless. The liquified fat is also removed. Ultrashape is not approved by the FDA for use in the United States involves external ulttrasound without liposuction  and is investigating currently , the effects of liquified fat that is not removed, on the health of the individual via testing many indices.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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