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Beware Of These Dangers Of Liposuction

By: Padmapreetham Mahalingam
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In today’s world, beauty is judged by the person’s slender figure and ‘youngness’. Hence, it is no surprise that thousands of people these days are willingly go after the perfect look by opting for cosmetic surgery – liposuction.

Liposuction, also called as lipoplasty, has become a common cosmetic surgery across the world. It is the surgical suctioning of fat deposits from precise parts of the body. Liposuction gets rid of the fat from the body using suction.

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However, most patients are not aware of the risks involved in this procedure. So what are the dangers of liposuction? Liposuction surgery carries many risks such as bleeding, swelling and certain reactions due to anaesthesia.

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Looking for ways to do away with pockets of excess fat that has accumulated in the abdomen or thighs can be quite a wearisome process. And many people who have failed to reduce weight through diet and exercise readily turn to liposuction to attain aesthetically pleasing body shape and curves. Yet rejuvenating contours can turn out to have side effects. So, it is better to beware of some of the dangers and complications of liposuction which includes ––



A severe skin infection is rare but they can turn out to be life threatening. Infection can be mild or severe. Doctors make sure to prescribe antibiotics to take after the surgery in order to put off the infection before it occurs. The signs of infection include redness, vomiting and red streaks visible on the skin.



There would be a feeling of temporary or enduring numbness in the affected area. Moreover, one has to be aware of the dangers of liposuction as there is a likelihood of it even causing nerve irritation.



Due to external ultrasound assisted liposuction, there is more chance of the ultrasound becoming hot and causing burns on the parts where it is applied.



Seroma mostly occurs post operative liposuction. It is definitely a hindrance but not a serious risk. Seroma is an anthology of serum that exists within a cavity in the body. It usually happens after the liposuction and in order to accelerate the disappearance of seroma, the doctor would take out the serum by inserting a needle and try to suck up the seroma into the syringe.


Swelling (Edema)

Edema does occur after liposuction. In most cases, the swelling may persist for weeks or months post liposuction. One has to be aware of the dangers of liposuction such as swelling, soreness or bruising in and around the treated areas.


Pulmonary Embolism

There would be small pieces of loose fat that get dislodged during liposuction and there is a possibility of this gathering at the lungs as pulmonary emboli. It can then even travel to the brain. If this situation occurs then the person would have difficulty breathing and would require emergency treatment.


Contour Irregularities

After liposuction, the skin would get lumps and bumps and have poor elasticity. And sometimes these changes are persistent and permanent. The damage could occur beneath the skin such as at the incision sites where the cannulas had been and this could give the skin permanent skin patches.


Fluid Imbalance

Fat tissue will have more amount of liquid however it gets removed during liposuction. After the procedure is complete the surgeon will inject a great deal of fluids into the body. However, due to the large quantities of fluid injected into the body, the patient could end up with fluid imbalance. Fluid imbalance is a complication that needs to be treated immediately as it can lead to kidney problems and heart problems. Accumulation of fluids in the lungs is also a possible complication.

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