Liposuction Risks And Side Effects

Introduced in the early 1980s, liposuction has quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed even up to the present largely because of endorsements and testimonials from celebrities. Coined from the Greek word “lipos”, which means fat, liposuction refers to the surgery of removing pockets of excess fat from specific areas of the body to improve contour.

Just like how CoolSculpting in Calgary works and any other surgery, however, liposuction may have some complications and also risks despite many claims from it’s proponents that the safety of this surgery has been greatly improved ever since advent of completely new techniques including better equipment. Estimates even put the risk of major complications at less than 0.5 percent. But even if its side effects seem to be rare, these still have to taken into account when considering going through liposuction procedure. There are common and identified complications and side effects of this type of cosmetic surgery, namely:

Infection and blood clotting. People who smoke are more likely to develop chest infection after liposuction. Thus, it is advisable that they stop smoking for several weeks prior to the surgery. Patients may also experience both staph and strep infections. Staph, short for Staphylococcus, is a type of bacteria that live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, but which, when punctured or broken for reasons like surgery, may enter the wound and cause an infection like folliculitis, boils, impetigo, and cellulitis. Although these infections may be rare, these are often the result of improper sterilization of instruments and inappropriate treatment of the wound.

Numbness, scars or bruises may also occur, although these are not very serious. Besides, patients may develop allergic reactions to medication or to the anesthesia used in the procedure. There is also the possibility of excess fluid accumulation, but then again, this can be resolved by draining the fluid. What could be serious is when there is an excessive loss of fluid, which can lead to shock, or even death. Other minor complications include friction burns, damage to the skin or nerves and to the vital organs, rippling or skin imperfections, irregular pigmentation, visible scarring, and fainting.

In addition, users of birth control pills will also likely to develop blood clotting after the procedure, and so they are advised to stop such medication several weeks prior to liposuction surgery. Generally speaking, minor complications are basically caused by the patient’s wound healing ability, unexpected allergic reaction to drug, and patient’s failure to follow instructions. Misjudgement by the surgeon may also be another factor.

Aside from the above mentioned minor complications, patients may also develop severe, yet rare, drawbacks resulting from liposuction, like internal blood clots in the leg or lung, injury to the abdominal organs, excessive intravenous fluids, excessive blood loss, hypothermia, allergic drug reactions, cardiac arrest, nerve damage that cannot be corrected, seizures and brain damage.

As a general rule, a prospective patient considering having liposuction must ask himself, first and foremost, whether liposuction is fit for him or not, and that he must understand the possible risks that come along with it. Besides, he must not make unrealistic expectations, like perfect results because, most often, this leads to disappointing liposuction results. It is also important to choose a surgeon that is highly-skilled and qualified to perform the surgery. Or alternatively, there’s new methods to removed those fats, which is known as coolsculpting.