Can Fat Cells Regenerate After Removal?

Liposuction is one of the fastest ways to achieve your ideal curves. After a short surgical procedure, patients enjoy an instantaneous improvement in the treatment area. Downtime is minimal after liposuction, and most patients are back to regular activity in two weeks or less. Liposuction is fast, but does it last? Learn about liposuction longevity, and get our best tips for maintaining your new look below.

Liposuction Basics: What Happens During the Procedure?

Modern medical innovation has brought us many techniques and tools for liposuction. We use many of the latest liposuction technologies at H/K/B to ensure our patients receive the safest and most effective options for their treatment. Although there are differences between each treatment type, most liposuction procedures share a common process.

Liposuction begins with a small incision, usually less than a quarter inch. The incision will be placed in an inconspicuous area with easy access to the treatment zone. The area is flushed with a diluted lidocaine and adrenaline solution. This increases comfort and reduces bleeding during treatment while making the fat cells easier to remove. A cannula, or thin metal tube is placed into the incision and suction is applied to remove fat cells. We may use a mechanical motorized device or ultrasonic energy to help loosen fat cells.

After sufficient fat removal and sculpting are achieved, we wrap the area with bandaging or a compression garment. This holds tissues in place and reduces post-operative swelling. Our surgeons often use surgical drains for a few days after liposuction. These drains collect fluid and significantly reduce swelling as well.

We often pair liposuction with fat transfer to enhance multiple areas on the body. The fat cells we remove can be used to restore or create volume in other areas of the body. Fat transfer is a relocation procedure for fat, removing it from areas with excess and implanting it in an area that needs extra volume.

Fat Cells and Regeneration: Do Fat Cells Return After Removal?

Fat cells typically do not increase in number during adulthood. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, and these cells are not expected to return or regrow.

In cases of extreme weight gain, new fat cells can be created, but patients that remain at a stable weight are not likely to experience fat cell regeneration.

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

Fat cells don’t typically regenerate, but they can still grow. You can gain and lose weight after liposuction, both in the treated areas and elsewhere. Achieving a stable weight before surgery, and maintaining your post-liposuction weight through diet and exercise will ensure your results last as long as possible.

Most patients that remain at a stable weight will enjoy lifelong results from their procedure. Body composition changes, as you get older, may lead to new trouble spots. These trouble spots are areas we can treat with liposuction.

It’s time to start thinking about your summer body, and with liposuction, you be bikini ready this summer, and many summers to come. Call H/K/B and schedule your liposuction, consultation at one of Charlotte’s top liposuction providers.