What Happens to Fat Cells After Extraction?

What Happens to Fat Cells After Extraction?

Excess fat has been a focus of aesthetic medicine for some time. Although it’s safer to eliminate fat by the traditional method of eating right and maintaining a disciplined workout routine – some fat just won’t go away. Pesky fat deposits which haunt the abdomen, neck, upper arm, back and thighs seem immune to proper diet and exercise.
At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we employ two effective body sculpting procedures which target excess fat exclusively; liposuction and CoolSculpting. A question we often hear in our clinic concerning these procedures is, “where does the fat go?”

How Fat Cells React

Fat cells are different from other cells in your body. Once you reach adulthood, the number of fat cells remain stable. Gaining or losing weight does not ‘add to’ or ‘subtract from’ the number of these cells. Instead, they will expand or contract evenly throughout the body. You will get smaller when you lose weight or larger if you gain. To sculpt your body by reducing certain body parts individually, you need outside influence.
Aesthetic procedures reshape body contours by eliminating fat cells in target areas. Once the cells are extracted, they will never regenerate.

Fat Cell Extraction Through Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat cells from targeted areas manually. With a specialized suction device, this popular procedure will breakdown fat cells and eliminate them from your body instantly. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss will suction excess fat cells in precise patterns to reduce their number and improve body proportions.
You will realize the improvement immediately although there will be some swelling. After the swelling subsides, in about a week or two, you will enjoy a more pleasing shape in the treatment site.


This non-invasive fat reduction treatment uses the science of fat-freezing to safely and effectively reduce fat bulges in certain body parts. The procedure destroys fat cells rather than removes them. Then your body will dispose of the cells naturally. This process is a gradual one, so there is no change to liver function and blood lipids are not affected.
Once the cells die, they will collapse and be flushed out by the body’s natural mechanism. Then they will pass through the liver and excrete out by waste.

Maintaining Results

Because your body does not regenerate fat cells, your contour will never change in target areas. However, to maintain optimal results, we advise you to eat right and stay active. Proper diet and exercise will keep your weight down and underlying muscles toned and taut.


Liposuction and CoolSculpting are effective fat reduction procedures which can improve body contours. We recommend you are close to your ideal weight and it’s stable. Your skin should be pliable enough to conform to the new shape without hanging loosely from the target site.

CoolSculpting is designed for areas which need mild to moderate fat reduction whereas liposuction is more effective with the areas which need more intervention.

To learn more about body sculpting and which procedure is right for you, call us at 815-806-9400 or contact us today!