Liposuction is used to remove excess fat deposits for an improved body shape. The procedure is considered safe and effective, although like with all cosmetic surgical procedures, there are some rare risks and complications involved. The following section is not intended to scare potential patients, but rather to make sure that they are fully aware of what could happen in very rare cases.
Rare Liposuction Risks and Complications
Many of the risks associated with liposuction come from the side effects to drugs administered during the procedure. Severe side effects can be life threatening, but they are also extremely rare. This is why we perform your surgery in a setting that is equipped to handle an unexpected reaction if it arises. The media has over publicized many cases of adverse reactions to anesthesia and sedation, and most of those cases have occurred where proper equipment and personnel were not present.
While most liposuction procedures are completed without any serious complications, it is important to be fully aware and informed of the following:
- Collections of blood or serum: All areas that have been suctioned will have small amounts of blood or serum present. For some patients, the collection of blood and serum may be significant enough to require drainage of the area.
- Infection: Infection after liposuction is rare. As a preventative measure, you will be given pre-operative and post-operative antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection.
- Skin Rippling: There can be some waviness or rippling of the skin following the procedure. However, it is typically resolved or significantly improved within six months.
- Pain: Residual pain following the procedure may last for several months in some areas such as the lateral thighs or ankles. In time, all of the discomfort usually disappears.
- Swelling: For up to six months after the procedure, you may notice irregular areas of swelling. This type of swelling is most often found in the ankles or feet after undergoing liposuction of the calves, knees, or ankles.
- Change in Skin Color: It is very rare, but the skin in treated areas could become stained by the collection of blood and fluids under the skin. This may last for an extended period of time beyond what is considered normal bruising.
- Fat Clots or Blood Clots: Fat clots or blood clots can become life threatening if they travel to the lungs, but this is very rare.
- Buildup of Fluid in the Lungs: Pulmonary edema is also quite rare and is more likely to occur if there is a substantial amount of fluid injected into the body with large volume procedures. These should never be done in an out-patient setting.
Contact Boulder Plastic Surgery For More Information
Liposuction risks are highly unlikely, and the procedure is considered both safe and effective. At your initial consultation, we will discuss liposuction risks with you and address any questions or concerns that you may have. For more information or to set up a consultation, give us a call at 303-578-4193.