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What happens to the fat after liposuction?
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Which fat?
If you mean the fat that is removed, it is usually discarded like other medical waste.
If you mean the fat that remains on your body after liposuction, it continues to behave like fat, getting larger if you eat more calories than you burn and shrink if you burn more calories than you eat.

In brief: Which fat?
If you mean the fat that is removed, it is usually discarded like other medical waste.
If you mean the fat that remains on your body after liposuction, it continues to behave like fat, getting larger if you eat more calories than you burn and shrink if you burn more calories than you eat.
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Otto Placik
The aspirated fat is discarded but it may become very valuable in future as we have recently discovered that it is a rich source of stem cells
Dr. Robert True
Some people think that the "fat goes to other areas." This is entirely not true. The suctioned fat goes to medical waste and is gone forever. However, you can make more fat by gaining weight (eating too much and not exercising enough).
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Remove & incinerate
Unlike fight club the fat is not used for soap.
In the future it has the potential to be a great source for stem cells. Currently it is disposed of as medical waste (incinerated). Dead fat which is left behind inside the body is typically resorbed by your body.

In brief: Remove & incinerate
Unlike fight club the fat is not used for soap.
In the future it has the potential to be a great source for stem cells. Currently it is disposed of as medical waste (incinerated). Dead fat which is left behind inside the body is typically resorbed by your body.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Permanent fat loss
Liposuction removes some, not all, of the fat cells.
The remaining fat cells can enlarge if the calories consumed and exercise regimen are such postoperatively that there is still a positive caloric intake. More calories in than needed equal fat accumulation, and the fat will go somewhat in the remaining cells in the treated area as well as other areas that didn't undergo liposuction.

In brief: Permanent fat loss
Liposuction removes some, not all, of the fat cells.
The remaining fat cells can enlarge if the calories consumed and exercise regimen are such postoperatively that there is still a positive caloric intake. More calories in than needed equal fat accumulation, and the fat will go somewhat in the remaining cells in the treated area as well as other areas that didn't undergo liposuction.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Fat cells all have "pre-fat" stem cells attached which are capable of changing into a replacement fat cells. Removal of primary fat deposits is helpful, but if weight is gained, it can go to secondary sites. These are able to respond to diet/exercise, whereas the primary (genetic) sites are much more resistant. Obesity is a form of inflammatory/vascular disorder in which fat plays a big role
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Liposuctioned fat...
...doesn't typically return to the treated area, even if you gain a little weight.

In brief: Liposuctioned fat...
...doesn't typically return to the treated area, even if you gain a little weight.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Nothing
Liposuction removes some of the fatty layer directly under the skin- the remaining fat cells can still enlarge if you gain weight and shrink if you lose weight.
After lipo, you may notice a weight gain differently ( in a different area).

In brief: Nothing
Liposuction removes some of the fatty layer directly under the skin- the remaining fat cells can still enlarge if you gain weight and shrink if you lose weight.
After lipo, you may notice a weight gain differently ( in a different area).
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Brian Klink
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Permanent removal
The fat that is removed is permanently gone.
The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.

In brief: Permanent removal
The fat that is removed is permanently gone.
The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.
Dr. Brian Klink
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
In brief: Gone forever
The fat cells are permanently removed never to come back.
But if you gain weight the remaining fat cells will enlarge

In brief: Gone forever
The fat cells are permanently removed never to come back.
But if you gain weight the remaining fat cells will enlarge
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: It's gone!
The fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back.
Consequently, their removal by liposuction will give a permanent change in contour. Your new shape will remain essentially unchanged. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fat cells in those areas can enlarge. This can give you a larger version of the form and contour that you had after liposuction.

In brief: It's gone!
The fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back.
Consequently, their removal by liposuction will give a permanent change in contour. Your new shape will remain essentially unchanged. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fat cells in those areas can enlarge. This can give you a larger version of the form and contour that you had after liposuction.
Dr. Frederick Coville
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Fat cells in liposuc
Fat cells and their attached progenitor cells removed by liposuction are permanently gone.
In the event of poor diet and exercise conditions, addition of weight and percent body fat can go up due to other cells with the abiity to metabolically store lipid in the fat cells. Secondary weight gain outside of 'genetic" determined areas typically responds better to diet/exercise than primary areas.

In brief: Fat cells in liposuc
Fat cells and their attached progenitor cells removed by liposuction are permanently gone.
In the event of poor diet and exercise conditions, addition of weight and percent body fat can go up due to other cells with the abiity to metabolically store lipid in the fat cells. Secondary weight gain outside of 'genetic" determined areas typically responds better to diet/exercise than primary areas.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Edward Zimmerman
The fat is then thrown away as biohazardous waste or can be grafted to the face, breasts & butt etc.
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