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What do liposuction clinics do with the fat they remove?

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Dr. Ricardo Izquierdo answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Fat from liposuction: The fat removed from liposuction is usually discarded as biologic waste. On occasion, the fat is used as a graft for other areas of the body requiring augmentation (enlargement). Recently, new studies have used liposuction fat to harvest stem cells. However, the vast majority of fat is discarded.

Answered 6/2/2012

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Dr. Robert Alexander answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Toxic Waste: Clinics and hospitals place the fat in sealed, toxic waste disposal containers and have them incinterated by a licensed waste disposal company meeting all standards and regulations for any such biological wastes.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Fat fate: fight club: Although the movie fight club may make many ponder the fate of fat after lipo, because it is a biologic product, it is discarded as medical waste by special services.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Todd Sisto answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Usually, it's passed on to companies that specialize: Companies that specialize in medical waste disposal who then binson rated or destroyed by some other. Eventually, or if it will be used for harvesting of stem cells.

Answered 4/25/2015

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Dr. Michael Kulick answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Liposuction: They should dispose of the fat removed unless they have permission to transfer the material elsewhere.

Answered 1/1/2015

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