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Risks of Liposuction

Published on December 4, 2012 by

What You Should Know About the Risks of LiposuctionLaser liposuction is a new way to shed unwanted pounds that will not disappear with even the best of diets or rigorous exercise programs. Even though they are exceedingly rare, there are a few risks associated with a laser liposuction surgery. Permanently altering your body with a surgical procedure is a major commitment and you should know what to expect. Prior to surgery, you will have a thorough consultation with your doctor and will likely include a medical history, physical exam, and a psychological evaluation.

During this phase, patients should feel free to ask as many questions as you deem necessary and feel satisfied with the answers. A well informed patient makes a good patient that completely understands the pre-operative preparations, the liposuction procedure itself, and the post-operative instructions. This initial discussion should be frank and may even facilitate a second consultation just to give you a little more time to deliberate upon this most important decision.

Your doctor will check for anything in your medical history that may complicate the liposuction surgery including a history of heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, allergies to medication, and pulmonary problems such as embolism and shortness of breath. Lifestyle factors such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption should be abated prior to surgery and cannot be a part of the recovery plan. Smoking and alcohol use can not only complicate the liposuction surgery, but also affect the post-operative results.

It is important to discuss what can go wrong and the specific risks associated with the surgical procedure include the following:

  • Surgical site and general infections
  • Bleeding at the incision site
  • Globules of fat that may block blood flow to tissue, known as embolisms
  • Laser damage to the nerves, skin, or tissue
  • Contouring complications due to underlying muscle tone
  • Scarring

Any surgery, whether cosmetic or reconstructive, involves a certain degree of risk. The main thing to remember when considering a laser liposuction procedure is that these risks, while within the realm of possibility, are exceedingly rare. The chances of one or any of these occurring are miniscule in the extreme and your cosmetic surgeon in your area is a professional can discuss your options for brand new body. Laser liposuction is a great way to help you look your best!