What are the Risks of Liposuction?

Liposuction is the surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the body. During liposuction, tiny incisions are made in the skin, through which small, thin blunt-tipped tubes called cannula are inserted. Next the excess fat is suctioned from specific fatty deposits as the surgeon moves these tubes around. In recent years liposuction has become safer, less painful and easier to perform due to improved techniques. However, Liposuction is still a surgical procedure, and as with all surgical procedures carries certain risks and possible complications and side effects. Saying that, the likelihood of these risks, complications or side effects occurring is extremely slim, especially if you have chosen a reliable plastic surgeon that you can trust.

It is important to be aware of all the possible complications of any procedure, including liposuction, before deciding to have the procedure. However, it is difficult not to be a bit alarmed or put off when reading the list of side effects and complications related to liposuction. Knowing these risks though will help you to select a suitable cosmetic surgeon, so that you can avoid the risks all together. So long as your cosmetic surgeon and medical team are competent, the risks of any possible side effects or complications occurring are very rare. However, there is only so much your doctor can do, thus it is also important that you carefully follow your doctors instructions in preparing and recovering from the procedure. Luckily, Cosmetic Clinic offers free consultations with a counsellor, with whom you can address all of your questions and concerns.

In the interest of being prepared for the consultation, some of the complications that can arise with liposuction that you may like to address include the following:
• Uneven or lumpy results after the fat has been removed
• Bleeding under the skin
• Changes in your skin colour
• Internal organ damage
• Numbness in the area that has been treated, which could last several months
• A potentially life-threatening blockage in the lungs called a pulmonary embolism
• Pulmonary oedema, which similar to the above is a build up of fluid in the lungs
• Lastly, there is also the risk of thrombosis, which is the clotting of the blood in a blood vessel

Other, less serious, possible side effects that can occur as a result of liposuction include the following:
• Scars as a result of the incisions
• Swelling that can last for six months or more
• Fluid being emitted from the incision wounds
• When the legs or ankles are treated, it can result in uncomfortably swollen ankles
• Bruising is common, particularly in patients who have a tendency to bleed or who have not closely followed the instruction not to smoke, take aspirin or any anti-inflammatory drugs up to two weeks before the procedure
• And lastly, there is also the risk that your veins may swell up as a side effect of the procedure, a condition called thrombophlebitis

It is important that you are aware of all the possible things that can go wrong with Liposuction, before signing the consent form to have the procedure. Having cosmetic surgery is an extremely personal decision, and it is vital that you understand the procedure before you decide to have it for your own reasons.


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