Today I did another Louisville Tummy Tuck and my patient wanted to know if she could donate her removed skin.
The answer is no, not at this point.
The reason is the cost involved. In order for an organ donation program to accept organs or skin, they have to test the donor to make sure they have no diseases, like HIV or Hepatitis. These tests are very expensive and running them for a small area of skin doesn’t make sense. Good idea, but unfortunately real worls issues make it an impossibility.
If stem cells are ever needed, fat is a good source of those. So one of these days Louisville liposuction my be a feasible source of these for research purposes.
Lee Corbett, MD
All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Tummy Tuck surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett