Fat Banks-Perhaps the Cheaper Future of Weight Loss
I pride myself on being a woman of vision. The details? That is not me; Someone else can wrestle with the execution of my brilliant idea. For example, on a recent 14 day cruise across the Atlantic, I openly discussed the commercial value of having a liposuction suite, located near the spa on the ship. Then, my dinner table could: eat, drink, and converse; then book a massage and liposuction after the morning yoga class. Of course, this would be a budget, affordable liposuction suite.
Eat, Drink, Renovate, Repeat.
My table mates thought it a grand idea. Even better: why, along with blood banks, can’t we have fat banks? I know that this would require a more sophisticated test than a mere type and crossmatch to determine blood type, but, considering that a mere hundred years ago, blood was let, not typed. That span of time is a blimp on human history.
Walgreens and CVS allow me to buy both a pulse-ox and diabetes glucose monitor, as well as blood pressure equipment without a prescription. Generally speaking, I compare prices and come with a coupon to make my purchase budget- friendly. Perhaps, in a decade, we can genotype our own tissues and find an instant match for our fat. Then, we may take our results to the nearest fat bank, and donate our deposit…again and again.
Is there a population who would need our donated fat?
True, one would be hard-pressed in the USA to find recipients, but there are many people who, by either a genetic accident or illness, could use some more meat on their bones. AIDS and cancer patients come to mind. Many more examples exist in hospitals across the nation. Your donation would have to be certified as safe, given the medical vulnerability of some patients. Yesterday, I saw an HIV test behind the counter at Walgreens.
A few years ago the sensitive method of telling someone they were HIV+ required a mental health counselor and at least one box of tissues. See how far we have progressed?
Oddly enough, my local Walgreens does not have a Rapid Strep test for home use–I could have used that one as a mother! So, a tissue typing test, if a company could make money on it, is not out of the scope of imagination. Or, innovation. Create it, and they will come— the mantra that has replaced build it and they will come.
Invent it, and someone will pay for it.
Right at this moment, in a darkened lab somewhere in the world, a nerdy scientist is working on a way to make fat a commodity. If he or she is successful, and contracts with the right pharmaceutical company, they will make Bill Gates look like a pauper. Fat banks coupled with cheaper liposuction will be as common as pizza or Chinese to go.
With forty or so years of losing and gaining the very same 10 pounds, I plan to be first in line to donate to my local fat bank. Remember, I am just the person with the grand vision. If you are a nerdy scientist needing a project, let us know at Cosmetic Surgery Gal. Serious inquiries only. America, we really do have so much fat to lose.