What do the Olympics and Liposuction Have In Common?

Written by WD Staff, Skin Care Specialists on February 7, 2014 2 Comments

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Our Facebook poll this week asked an interesting (and gross) question: True or False, Every two years enough fat is removed through liposuction procedures in the U.S. to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.The correct answer is True! Here’s the math to prove it:

  • In 2012 a total of 330,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. (Source:
  • We’ll assume an average of 4 liters of fat is removed per liposcution procedure as that amount is recognized as a typical amount of fat removed.
  • 330,000 liposuction procedures X 4 liters of fat= 1,320,000 liters of fat are removed in the U.S. on an annual basis

Now an Olympic swimming pool holds 2.5 million liters of water (Source: Wikipedia)

Thus, approximately every 2 years 2,640,000 liters of fat is removed through liposuction in the United States, enough to fill an Olympic Pool.

WD Staff

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2 Responses to “What do the Olympics and Liposuction Have In Common?”

  1. Avatar Steven says:

    Going for a swim lol

  2. Avatar John says:

    An olympic sized pull full of removed fat…..yum lol

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