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Can you have another person's fat injected into your body?

Q:

I'm a very skinny girl with terrible self-esteem problems.  I was wondering if it's possible to have some one else's fat injected into my body?  My  legs and arms are very slender - I do not fit into jeans, t-shirts or anything.  You can see every bone in my back which looks just nasty!  Can this type of fat injection be done?

A:

Unfortunately, transferring fat from one person to another carries the same problems as transplanting a kidney or heart; you must overcome the body's defenses to allow it to survive. This means treatment with multiple drugs that put you at risk for multiple problems and even death. When the organ transplanted is vital for survival, like a kidney or heart, then this is considered reasonable. When the organ. like fat, is not essential, then we do not risk your life with the medications necessary.

R.T. Buchanan, MD

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