Like all cosmetic procedures, the risks of liposuction are generally minimal and are greatly reduced by the selection of a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon. Still, it’s imperative than prospective liposuction patient understand all the potential risks and side effects of liposuction surgery before choosing to have the procedure.
So, what are some of the risks your doctor will discuss with you? Well, first and foremost, there are potential risks that accompany any surgery, whether cosmetic or medical. These include a bad reaction to the anesthesia, infection, heavy bleeding, and fat or blood clots. In very rare cases nerve damage, skin burns, fluid in the lungs, and injury to internal organs are possible. Again, extreme risks such as this are very rare and reduced greatly by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon with a track record of success.
As for liposuction itself, there are some minor, temporary complications that may be experienced during or after the liposuction procedure. These include bruising, scars, a lumpy appearance, sagging or discolored skin, fainting after surgery, and numbness. The doctor can discuss these side effects with you in great detail to make sure you’re prepared for them, and he or she can also offer treatments for reducing post surgery pain and swelling.
When it comes to liposuction, it can be very dangerous to try and undertake too much change at once. You should not have more than one liposuction procedure performed at a time, and you should not try to remove too much fat at once. A good doctor will advise you against this and schedule separate surgeries, if it is necessary to do so. Here are some other possible risks of liposuction that you should be aware of and may want to discuss during your consultation.
All surgeries pose certain risks, but as mentioned, there are many ways to minimize the likelihood of complications. First and foremost, select a board-certified physician with experience and good standing in the field. Second, disclose your full medical history to your doctor. Be open about any pre-existing conditions, past medical problems, medications, allergies, etc. This way, your doctor will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction and discuss other methods of fat removal. Additionally, you will ensure your own safety by following your doctor’s instructions pre-surgery. (For instance, smokers will need to stop smoking at least two weeks before the procedure).
If you are considering liposuction, Plastic Surgery Portal can set up a consultation for you with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. When you select one of our physicians, you are taking the first step toward a safe surgery. Your liposuction surgeon will discuss your medical history with you, what you can expect from the procedure, and the liposuction risks of which you should be aware. Allow us to schedule your consultation today!