Liposuction: Lipo Risks
Risk and complications of lipo surgery
Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from the body, but like any surgery, there are liposuction risks that you should be aware of. If you decide that you want to get lipo, you should first speak with a surgeon. During your initial consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history, run a few simple tests, and gauge whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Some methods will require that you are put under general anesthesia, while a tube is inserted into the fatty areas to suck out the fat. If any surgery is done under unacceptable conditions, or completed by a surgeon that is not properly trained, there could be liposuction risks. The following is a list of liposuction risks that you may encounter with this type of surgery. If you have any doubts or concerns about these liposuction risks, speak with your doctor.
COMMON LIPOSUCTION RISKS
Lumps and Bumps – Lipo removes excess fat that lies just below your skin. Too much or too little fat removed in one spot and you will end up with uneven skin, giving a lumpy look…something you definitely want to avoid.
Infection -The fluids being injected into the area where the fat is could cause a bad infection. The fluids used have been designed to specifically target fat cells. They also act as an anesthetic and reduce pain in the area being treated. Some of these fluids may react negatively with your body. Also, if the surgery is performed in an unhygienic setting, an infection could occur.
Excessive Bleeding – A tube is inserted through a small incision made by the surgeon. If the incision is not done correctly, a hemorrhage could occur if your body isn't’t able to stop the bleeding.
Scarring – Certain lipo techniques require an incision, and the skin could become scarred in that area. This is unavoidable because one of the most popular ways to extract fat is through a tube. If scarring is a concern, you should ask your doctor about techniques that use ultrasound waves, which do not require any incision at all. Or you should consider laser lipo, which requires a very small incision which will keep scarring to an absolute minimum.
Obesity – Liposuction doesn't’t solve obesity. Once a fat deposit is removed, it is gone forever, but fat can return if you don’t change your eating habits, or exercise routine. Liposuction is not the end of your weight gain. It is a way to lose the fat you currently have, but it is NOT the way to keep fat from coming back. If you think that you will just have another lipo surgery if it does, you are running the risk of complications with an additional surgery. It is less risky (and cheaper) to make a lifestyle change once you’ve had the procedure to keep from gaining those pounds again.
Excessive or Baggy Skin – As fat is removed from one particular area, the skin may become loose since it the area is smaller. The result can be excess or baggy skin. One method that can address this is laser lipo. The skin will react to the heat of the laser, contracting, which can dramatically reduce the amount of excess skin in that area.
Damaging Interior Organs – Traditional lipo is basically sticking a tube in the fatty area and sucking everything out. This could include blood vessels, muscle tissue, and could seriously damage your vital organs. When exploring the possibility of getting lipo, you should always get a reputable surgeon, because an inexperienced surgeon may damage your intestines, kidney, liver, or other organs.
Overdose –Lidocaine is an anesthetic that is used during surgery. If too much is used, it can cause an overdose, and very serious repercussions. Many new techniques today only use local anesthetics which reduce this liposuction risk.
Allergic Reaction to Anesthetics – It is rare, but it does happen. There is a chance that you may be allergic to certain anesthetics used in a liposuction procedure. If it does happen, it will be when the anesthetic is administered.
Don’t kid yourself, liposuction risks do exist. You must be completely aware of these risks before deciding to go ahead with liposuction. It is important that you weigh the pros and cons of this procedure and speak with your doctor before having the surgery done. You must find an experienced specialist who can address all your concerns, and thoroughly test you to avoid any of these liposuction risks. In many cases, liposuction is not a big risk, but there still are risks. If you are seriously considering liposuction, consult a reputable surgeon, and make sure you complete all the pre-operative testing so you can keep the liposuction risks to a minimum.
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