Liposuction Risks and How to Avoid Them
- Posted on: Nov 15 2018
Liposuction procedures have been routinely performed by plastic surgeons for decades. Since the 1980’s, this method of body-contouring has been one of the most popular elective procedures among men and women. Why? Because it works. However, there are risks to liposuction surgery, as you know. In fact, the basic understanding of surgical risks may be enough to cause you to second-guess your desire to undergo this procedure. This need not be the case. Let’s take a look at common liposuction risks and what you can do to make the most of your procedure.
- Anesthesia complications. Today, liposuction may be performed either with local anesthesia or general. Options and recommendations are discussed during our consultation visit. Often, general anesthesia is reserved for more extensive procedures, such as the combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty or the treatment of multiple areas. In either situation, our surgical staff has the training and expertise to handle situations that may arise during surgery.
- There is a very low risk of bleeding complications during or after liposuction simply due to the nature of the procedure. In the last few decades, liposuction techniques have improved so much that, now, only 1% of the total matter that is removed from the body is blood (a significant decrease from the more than 30% that was common twenty years ago). Dr. Altamira performs various liposuction techniques and can discuss the bleeding risks with each.
- All surgical procedures carry a risk of infection, which your board-certified surgeon knows how to address. In some instances, patients may receive IV antibiotics or prescription antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
- Sensation loss and contour irregularities. Less serious but still concerning is the idea that sensation in the skin may be diminished or that the results of surgery will look, well, lumpy. To reduce the risk of contouring irregularities, it is vital to select an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to conduct your liposuction procedure. Small lumps and nodules are not uncommon during the initial recovery after liposuction due to deep bruising. However, they should resolve over time. Using advanced technology such as laser energy, Dr. Altamira takes every precaution to avoid skin irregularities.
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