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‘LipoBank’ Keeps Removed Fat On Ice To Reuse Later

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Obesity rates continue to rise across several Western countries. (credit: William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Obesity rates continue to rise across several Western countries. (credit: William West/AFP/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO (CBS) – Apparently now you can save time in a bottle — or at least save youth in a minus 192 degrees Celsius fat storage tank.

A company in central Florida is now offering a “lipobanking” service that pairs liposuction with grafting procedures. Liquid Gold LipoBank allows people having body fat removed to freeze it for later use in older age to plump up sagging tissue in the patient’s face or breasts.

According to an article published on OrlandoSentinel.com, Dr. Jeffrey Hartog said his facilities’ procedure “takes this to a whole new level.” A coffee cup’s worth of fat would reportedly cost $900 to store for the first year, then $200 a year until reused.

A website promoting Hartog’s procedure says fat reuse is better than artificial implants since it uses “your body’s own stem cell rich fatty tissue as the most pure, long lasting and natural ‘product’ for creating a more youthful look or body shape.”

The Sentinel’s report notes controversy among cosmetic surgeons regarding the practice, with one warning that “frozen fat doesn’t hold up as well as fresh fat” and another noting there is rarely shortage of fresh fat available somewhere on a person’s body for such procedures.

Would you pay to store your younger body fat? Let us know in the comments below.

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