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The Risks of Liposuction

For the most part, liposuction is a safe surgical procedure but as is the case with all surgeries, there is the chance that complications could arise. The occasional risks associated with liposuction include an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, obvious irregularities in body contour, excessive and prolonged swelling, heavy bleeding (this is less common when the ultra-assisted liposuction is performed), and brown spots that appear on the skin (known as hyperpigmentation).

There are factors that help to increase the risks and potential complications of liposuction and they include having too much fat removed from the body; poor monitoring of the patient after 10 pounds or more of fat has been removed; injections of large quantities of anesthesia as well as fluid; having multiple surgeries done all at the same time and being in poor health, such as an individual who suffers from bad circulation, diabetes, lung cancer or heart disease.

There are some complications that result from liposuctions that are deemed as rare. Infections do happen but they are very rare. In some cases there is permanent nerve damage; a perforation or hole is made in the bowel when the abdominal area is being worked on; blood clots (which are most likely to happen to women who take birth control pills), necrosis (or the death of skin tissue) which happens most often to people who smoke and those who suffer from diabetes; shock; fluid collecting in the lungs (which can occur while the tumescent liposuction is being done) and skin burn which has been known to occur infrequently during the ultrasound-assisted liposuction and as a direct result of the ultrasound probe.

Other risk factors of liposuction include:

Nerve Compression

Sometimes there is a modification of sensation in the region where the liposuction was performed. This is termed “paresthesias.” This can take the form of heightened pain and sensitivity in the given area or else numbness and a reduced amount of feeling in the area. If these changes in sensation and nerve compressions only last for a few days following the surgery then that is perfectly normal but if they continue for weeks or months then it is important to let your doctor know. In some instances an alteration of sensation can be permanent.

Fluid Imbalance

Fat tissue is made up of a great deal of liquid and this is what is taken from the body during liposuction. The surgeon will then inject large quantities of fluids into the body while the procedure is being done. As a result of this the patient could end up with a fluid imbalance. After your surgery you will be monitored closely to identify if you are suffering from an imbalance of fluid. Sometimes this problem does not show itself until the person goes home. Fluid imbalance needs to be treated right away as it can lead to problems with the kidneys, heart problems and an accumulation of fluid building up in the lungs.

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