Giving new meaning to the phrase recycle, repurpose, reuse, a Seminole County plastic surgeon is opening a fat bank Friday so patients who have fat removed during liposuction can store it for future use.
Cosmetic surgeons who perform fat-transfer procedures typically transfer the patient’s fat immediately after removing it through liposuction, often within the hour. Common sites for the transferred fat are the face and breasts.
Having their fat in the bank would allow patients to draw on it later, when they want to plump up body parts that have succumbed to age, said Dr. Jeffrey Hartog, whose new Liquid Gold center is next to his cosmetic-surgery clinic. “I will present it as an option to any patient having liposuction,” he said.