What is Liposuction Fibrosis?

Fibrosis is a condition that happens after surgery, and so is the case with liposuction fibrosis. It’s common to develop fibrosis after liposuction. The experts at Aspen After Surgery Centre treat fibrosis after liposuction which generally appears near where the cannula’s incisions were made, around belly button, but can appear anywhere lipo was done. There are many factors can lead to liposuction fibrosis, but the good news is that there are different techniques to treat this condition.

What is liposuction fibrosis?

When your skin or tissue gets cut owing to surgery like liposuction, the way it repairs itself is by creating fibers to make the separated tissues come together again. Liposuction fibrosis is the appearance of extra fibrous tissue that occurs as a result of abnormal tissue formation while healing. Moreover, the fibrosis swells the surrounding tissues and causes the hardening of the area. It can also look like a painful lump too! One of the most common reasons for liposuction fibrosis is an increase in the production of collagen or the necrosis of a fatty area.

What exactly causes liposuction fibrosis?

The experts at the at Aspen After Surgery Centre have the knowledge and experience that help understand the causes of liposuction fibrosis and its treatment too!


  1. Fat necrosis

The non-vascularised fat that was not extracted can accumulate in the areas where the cannula was inserted. The fat then degenerates, forming fibrosis until macrophages finally destroy it.

  1. Collagen buildup

After liposuction, the collagen fibers that were displaced start accumulating. As a result, they contribute to the formation of fibrosis.

  1. Smoking

If you have been smoking, you could have issues in recovery from surgery as the scar formation requires an accurate balance of inflammation. Smoking causes more postoperative complications and leads to liposuction fibrosis. Hence, we always advise stopping smoking at least one month before the liposuction procedure and during the recovery process as a precautionary measure.

  1. Poor nutrition.

Did you know that low vitamins, proteins, and nutrients can lead to liposuction fibrosis? Poor nutrition either before or during the healing process can delay healing.

  1. Skin quality

With your skin type in terms of how it heals, you could have fewer or more possibilities of fibrosis.

What are the symptoms of liposuction fibrosis?

Symptom # 1: Pain

You may experience pain after your surgery which is completely fine and normal, but the condition is that it should go away after about 2 -3 weeks. You should become alert if the pain persists longer or if you feel muscular tension in the treated area. It is more likely that you have developed liposuction fibrosis.

Symptoms # 2: Lumps

If you notice lumps after the inflammation has gone, it could be a possible sign of fibrosis.

Symptom # 3: Pigmentation

You may develop red spots on the skin after liposuction. However, if you don’t treat it , you may have developed fibrosis.

How can you improve liposuction fibrosis?

One recommended method is to start your post-op MLD MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE 2 weeks postop sessions as that would reduce your risk of fibrosis development after liposuction. Moreover, it increases the blood flow, boosts your immune system, drains accumulated fluids and wastes, and improves the appearance of your skin!

Are there any medicines to avoid liposuction fibrosis?

Practically speaking, there are no medicines to avoid or cure fibrosis. But vitamins like A and C supplements help reduce the risks of fibrosis.

What if you already have Liposuction Fibrosis?

Even with MLD, or Lymph Drainage, Lipo Fibrosis can begin. These hard lumps and knots must be treated right away. The experts at the Aspen Centre provide unique technology in combination with hands-on fibrosis-inhibiting procedures to smooth and flatten the Liposuction knots and bumps. They will also advise on special compression garments, supplements, and a home program to speed up results.


One cannot wholly avoid liposuction fibrosis, but it is possible to reduce pain and other symptoms using MLD and different treatments. The Aspen After Surgery Centre provides specialized treatment via licensed medical experts to help treat and prevent Liposuction Fibrosis.

Please contact us if you need advice or have any questions about our treatments.