What is fibrosis?

Fibrosis after liposuction refers to fibrous tissue generated as a result of abnormal scarring of the tissues. It is a circulatory problem, caused by an increase in collagen production or due to necrosis of a fatty area.

After liposuction, it is possible (and common) the appearance of post-liposuction fibrosis, usually near where the incisions for the cannula have been made (abdominal fibrosis). Fibrosis causes the surrounding tissues to swell and causes hardening of the areas near the treated body part. It may also present as a hematoma or painful lumps.

Why can fibrosis occur after liposuction?

  • Fat necrosis. In the places where the cannula was introduced, non-vascularized fat that has not been removed (outside the adipocytes) can accumulate. This fat degenerates forming fibrosis until it is finally destroyed by macrophages.
  • Collagen accumulation: In addition to fat, collagen fibers can accumulate after liposuction that has been displaced by the suction of the cannula and that will contribute to forming fibrotic areas.

How can fibrosis be avoided or improved?

Fibrosis may take a few weeks to disappear, as the skin is in the process of adapting back to the body. In some cases, such as age, it may be more complicated to control, but with the help of your surgeon you can have the correct treatment in the operation, and it will be possible to reduce pain and improve your appearance.

What techniques are used?

Through various techniques such as lipo-laser, lymphatic drainage, or ultrasound it is possible to improve the results of liposuction in order to remove excess fat and at the same time reduce fibrosis. There are also other techniques that through massages and medical treatments can improve the situation and reduce pain.

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