Dangers of Liposuction

Yes, there are liposuction risks but they are manageable!

The dangers of liposuction are well known to your plastic surgeon. The top 10 liposuction risks are in bold.

It's good for you to know them too, so you both can work together for a great liposuction surgery result!

These surgery risks apply to almost any surgery you may be having, even if it's not cosmetic surgery.

Here are the possible liposuction complications you can discuss with your cosmetic surgeon:

  • Infection

  • Blood clots

  • Hypothermia (dangerous drop in body temperature)

  • Excessive blood loss

The dangers of liposuction include all of the above, and more. Because any surgery procedure has risk involved, you'll want to know about all the risks you're subjecting yourself to before scheduling your cosmetic liposuction surgery.


Here's what I did, before and after my surgeries, to help myself recover faster.


Tip #1: Your cosmetic surgery doctor's advice for your particular surgery is important. Once your cosmetic surgeon knows your history, you'll receive your doctor's advice about what to do before surgery and after surgery.


Your plastic surgeon has trained for years and knows all the risks and dangers of liposuction surgeries
, especially if your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon.

Because your surgeon knows the dangers of liposuction, measures are already in place to keep you safe and protected from liposuction complications.

Be sure to ask if the plastic surgery hospital or facility where your plastic surgeon performs surgeries has been accredited. If it is, you are even better protected from the risks of liposuction.

If you're having tumescent liposuction, or laser liposuction done where fluid is injected into the areas where body sculpting is being done, here are some

additional dangers of liposuction which include:

  • Reaction to or overuse of lidocaine and epinephrine

  • Nerve or liver damage

  • Excessive swelling after liposuction

  • General anesthesia risks

For instance, if you happen to have poor circulation, which can make it easier for your body to form blood clots, your liposuction risks for having a blood clot increase.

If a clot gets lodged in your legs, lungs, or brain it can cause serious complications after surgery.

Additionally, this same poor circulation can keep your liver from getting enough blood to work properly, and cause your liver to not process the anesthesia drugs efficiently.

It's more difficult to bounce back after surgery if your body has a difficult time detoxing anesthesia drugs.

Liposuction recovery and healing after surgery can be slowed if you have poor circulation.

Your surgery scar may take longer to heal.

But remember, your plastic surgeon knows how to handle these circumstances!


Tip #2: Give an accurate, honest and complete medical history to your doctor. Then follow your plastic surgeons advice exactly.


Dangers of liposuction: Are you at risk?


Only your doctor or cosmetic surgeon can tell you for sure.
But the dangers of liposuction can be avoided if you give a complete and accurate medical history during your plastic surgery consultation.

If you're a smoker, you may have increased liposuction risks because smoking causes poor blood circulation.

Be completely honest with your plastic surgeon about smoking, or chewing.

Even caffeine in coffee and energy drinks can increase your liposuction risks because they decrease blood flow to tissues that need to heal.

Anything you do or take that restricts your blood circulation can increase your liposuction risks.

You may be at risk if you're:

  • Diabetic

  • Overweight due to thyroid or adrenal gland problems

  • Taking certain medications that slow the healing process (like prednisone)

  • A smoker


These conditions cause liposuction complications just because they decrease your ability to heal quickly.

After liposuction surgery, you'll have swelling, bruising and pain.

If your liposuction recovery is slow because of poor circulation, the risk of infection after your liposuction procedure increases.


Your Plastic Surgeon can help you avoid liposuction surgery risks


Your Cosmetic surgeon is a medical doctor AND a surgeon, specialized in aesthetic surgery.

This type of doctor is trained to assess your personal surgery risks.

These doctors know how to handle liposuction complications if they come up.

Your plastic surgeon can tell you if you are a good candidate to have liposuction surgery.

Find a good board certified plastic surgeon and have a consultation several months before you schedule your surgery.

There are several things I did before my surgery and after, that helped me reduce my surgery risks and let me recover rapidly and well.


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