Liposuction: Risks and Safety Information

For people who have long tried to improve their figure through dieting, exercise, weight-loss medication or natural supplement treatment, all to no avail, liposuction can be a treatment that can help them achieve the body size and shape that they always desired.

Understandably, excess body weight is inconvenient and for some it, in fact, can be life threatening. The condition becomes worse when the disproportionate localized accumulations of fat do not respond to conventional means of weight loss.

Liposuction is one of the effective methods by which long-tem weight loss can be achieved, and the body contour irregularities can be improved.

What is Liposuction?

Also known as lipoplasty, suction-assisted liposculpture or simply lipo, liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat from thighs, hips, buttocks, inner knee, waist, cheeks, chin and abdomen, and improves contours as well.

In the surgery, a cosmetic surgeon inserts a large hollow stainless steel suction tube (cannula) that passes through the fatty tissue. This vacuum-like device is connected to a powerful suction pump that is inserted beneath the fatty skin layers through small incisions. The cannula first loosens and collapses the fat cells, and then suctions the broken down fat, giving you a slimmer and shapelier silhouette.

The procedure can be performed either under anesthesia, or with heavy IV sedation, or totally by local anesthesia, and it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours to complete the surgery. Many people combine this body makeover surgery with other procedures such as facelift, tummy tuck or breast reduction for better results.

If you’re considering liposuction to achieve a shapely body, you’re an ideal candidate if you’re healthy, have reasonable level of fitness, and have good skin elasticity.

With the advent of a number of medical and technological advances, liposuction has become immensely popular in America, with more than 205,000 liposuctions carried out in the country in 2011, compared to the 289,000 surgeries in the previous year, as per the ASAPS statistics.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction does come with some risks and complications. So it is prudential to fully understand the potential risks associated with the procedure by the prospective liposuction patients.

The possible liposuction risks and complications include:

Unnatural and unattractive contours

Depressions (lipotrops) or lumps and bumps (liponots) can occur

Asymmetry and loose skin due to the use of large cannulas

Scars, lumpiness, permanent irregular coloration, and skin or nerve damage can result from excessive superficial liposuction

Full Thickness Skin Necrosis (death of the affected skin)

inflammation and hyperpigmentation


Poor wound healing

Blood vessel thrombosis (clotting inside a blood vessel)

Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation

Prolonged exposure to anesthesia can be dangerous

Change in skin sensation

Persistent pain

Damage to deeper structures such as blood vessels, lungs, and abdominal organs

Swelling in the legs, which may persist

Revisional surgery is a possibility

Safety Information

The above mentioned liposuction complications can be minimized if certain set of things are to be taken into consideration carefully following the surgery.

For instance, it is of utmost importance to follow your physician’s instructions regarding medications and the recovery process to make the surgery a success.

To avoid the side effects of liposuction surgery, one must prevent the surgical incisions from excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.

A patient must eat something before removing the garments in order to avoid post-liposuction fainting.

It is essential to take vitamin- and mineral-rich foods to maintain a newly-sculpted figure.

Wait for approximately 2 to 3 weeks to return to normal physical activities after your liposuction procedure.

So if you are considering undergoing the liposuction, all you need to research extensively to find the qualified and skilled liposuction surgeon, and check for his/her experience in handling exactly your kind of case.

Source by Neelam Goswami

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