Liposuction - Dangers and Risks

You’ve always wanted to have that perfect figure and now your dream can finally come true. With numerous technological advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery, you can have that flawless look.

Tired of the flabs of fat on your belly, or looking for a quick way to reduce your arm fat? Liposuction comes to the rescue. If you feel insecure about your body and want to regain your confidence, this procedure offers you the chance to have the perfect body you’ve always wanted.

Getting cosmetic surgery to enhance your looks is a personal choice. But before you make this life changing decision, it’s important to know the risks and dangers that you can possibly face.

Since liposuction has been portrayed as a straightforward, commonly performed plastic surgery procedure, it is important to know the risks – as all procedures have risks. If performed by an experienced and board certified surgeon, liposuction can be extremely safe and rewarding.

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Side Effects of Liposuction

Just like any other procedure, liposuction can have side effects. Not to worry though. In almost all the cases, these side effects are temporary and minor. Within days, you’ll notice a significant improvement and with time these side effects will go away.

Some of the side effects patients can experience after the procedure are:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Temporary numbness

Some people have reported irregularities on the skin. This is common but latest developments in cosmetic surgery have minimized this side effect. Post-operative radiofrequency or skin tightening devices can minimize such irregularities.

Factor Increasing Risks of Complications

That said, here is a list of factors that can increase the risk of complications during liposuction.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia has its own set of risks – many providers nowadays offer tumescent liposuction or liposuction without having to put you to sleep. Recovery can be quicker, and bruising and swelling may be reduced by avoiding having your procedure done without the use of general anesthesia. You may want to talk to your surgeon about tumescent liposuction as opposed to being put to sleep completely. ZendyHealth offers significant savings with top providers for tumescent liposuction.

Excessive Liposuction

While liposuction is incredibly safe especially low volume liposuction procedures involving only 1-1.5 liters of fat removal, procedure that involve removing more than 5L carry additional risk. In these situations, careful monitoring of fluids input and output is required.

Too Many Procedures on the Same Day

Every procedure has its own risks -- by adding multiple surgeries on one day, each set of risks increases.  The more surgeries done on one day requires more lidocaine, more anesthesia (and likely general anesthesia), and more operative time.  As a result, overall risks increase to some extent - but many patients still have very safe experiences despite undergoing lengthy, multi-procedural surgeries.

Risks or Complications of Liposuction

Given that liposuction is one of the top 3 cosmetic procedures around the globe, liposuction is a safe procedure. When conducted by an experienced and qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon, it is likely that the procedure risks will be minimal.

However, there have been cases where complications occur. Some of those rare problems include;

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma / Seroma – fluid collections
  • Nerve injury
  • Skin ulcerations
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Persistent swelling
  • Poor wound healing
  • Rippling or loose skin
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Need for revision surgery
  • Irregular contours or asymmetries
  • Change in skin sensation that usually is temporary
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs and deeper abdominal organs

Now that you know about the dangers and risks associated with liposuction, you’ll be at a better position to decide. The long list of complications might be daunting but keep in mind most medical and surgical procedures carry the same risks.

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