According to ASPS figures, liposuction currently ranks as the second most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.
The procedure has now been made much safer and less invasive with the use of innovative surgical techniques. But a certain degree of risk continues to be associated with liposuction, similar to any other surgery.
Identifying the right surgeon is the most effective way to reduce the risk involved in liposuction. The patient should also follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines for safe results.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides liposuction body sculpting to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities.
The possibilities of serious complications in liposuction plastic surgery are rare, if the procedure is performed by a highly trained and qualified surgeon. However, patients may sometimes experience the following complications:
- Infection development during or after the procedure
- Poor response to anesthesia
- Formation of blood clots
- Fluid collection underneath the skin or hematoma
- Excessive blood loss or bodily fluid loss during fat removal
- Extended or permanent numbness in the incision sites
- Delayed healing
- Undesirable scaring
- Changes in pigmentation
- Damage to the surrounding healthy nerves or tissues
- Damage to other organs
Extremely Rare Complications
In very rare cases, severe complications may develop with liposuction surgery, such as cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, excessive bleeding, internal blood clotting, permanent nerve damage, brain damage from anesthesia, acute drug interactions, or seizures.
A qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon will be able to virtually eliminate the chances of the occurrence of such extreme complications. They will identify the right candidate and will follow all established safety protocols.
Excessive Fat Elimination
If excessive liposuction is undertaken in a single session, the risks associated with the procedure will increase. The surgeon should not remove over the pounds of fat from a specific site for body sculpting. A more substantial amount of fat removal from the body, whether from single or several areas, can raise the risk of serious complications.
Adverse cosmetic outcomes of excessive liposuction can be dents, lumps, and loose skin in treated sites. If the patient needs extensive fat reduction, liposuction can be undertaken in phases. Each stage should be scheduled appropriately apart to ensure patient safety.
The patient should be willing to honestly disclose their medical condition, previous health records, current medicines and supplements, lifestyle behaviors (such as drinking and smoking) and other pertinent information to the surgeon.
This will allow the surgeon to make an informed decision on the patient’s suitability for liposuction surgery.
In case the patient has lost weight, their body weight should have stabilized within 25 pounds of their optimal body weight. The surgeon may recommend the tumescent liposuction technique to avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia.
They may sometimes use ultrasound, laser, or RF technologies to make liposuction cosmetic surgery more precise and minimally invasive. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring.