Are there any risks of liposuction treatment, complications after surgery?
They aren’t just some things that happen to other people and not to you.
You could argue that it’s a simple surgery and you’re healthy, so nothing’s gonna happen to you.
It’s a surgery, mind you. Anything can happen on the operating table.
I point it out because in the first place, the surgery isn’t even medically necessary (except for some exceptional cases), so why risk it?
Risks of Liposuction Surgery
That said, let’s zero-in on what possibly could be the real risks of liposuction surgery.
1. Overload In Heart
In the case of tumescent liposuction, it could happen that the surgeon injects a dangerously large amount of fluid. You would be practically “drowning” in fluids and your heart can’t handle this fluid overload.
2. Surgery Done in Surgeon’s office
The surgeon usually does the surgery at his or her clinic. The risks are higher than surgery done in hospital.
This is because even if the clinic is well-equipped, you may need several days of continuous after-surgery support such as rehydration, pressure dressings and nursing care, or in serious cases, resuscitation and hospitalization to recover.
Infection can occur after any surgery, liposuction included. Sometimes, they may become serious or life threatening such as in cases of necrotizing fasciitis (when bacteria eats away the tissue) or toxic shock syndrome, a serious infection (sometimes fatal) caused by a bacteria, that’s associated with surgery.
This may happen when fat enters the blood through ruptured (or broken) blood vessels during surgery. It gets trapped in the blood vessels, gather in the lungs or travel to the brain.
Fat emboli may cause permanent disability and in some cases, it could be fatal.
5. Visceral Perforations (puncture wounds in the organs)
During liposuction, the surgeon can’t see where the cannula or probe is. It’s possible that he or she can puncture or damage your internal organs in the course of his or her work.
This may happen, for instance, when the surgeon punctures the intestines during abdominal liposuction . You may need another surgery to repair the damage.
This is one kind of liposuction risk you don’t ever want to experience, I’m sure.
Visceral perforations could also be fatal.
6. Skin Necrosis (skin death)
The skin above the treated area could become necrotic or “die.” When this happens, skin may change color and be sloughed (fall) off. Large areas of skin necrosis could become infected with bacteria or microorganisms.
During ultrasound assisted liposuction, the ultrasound probe may become very hot and can cause burns.
8. Nerve Compression and Changes in Sensation
You may experience a temporary change in sensation at the treated area either in the form of an increased sensitivity (e.g. pain) or the loss of any feeling (e.g. numbness). In some cases, these changes in sensation could be permanent.
9. Toxicity from Anesthesia
The surgeon uses “lidocaine”, a drug that numbs the skin as a local anesthetic during liposuction. He or she could inject large volumes of liquid with lidocaine which may result in very high doses of lidocaine, leading to lidocaine toxicity which could cause the heart to stop.
(P/S: In general, any type of anesthesia may cause complications and is always considered a risk during any surgery)
10. Fatalities Related to Liposuction
Deaths that relate to liposuction surgery do happen, so be realistic about this risk.
Some studies indicate that the risk of death due to liposuction is as low as 3 deaths for every 100,000 liposuction operations performed. Yet, other studies show that the risk of death is between 20 and 100 deaths per 100,000 liposuction procedures.
The death rate could be low but it doesn’t mean that it’s an “all-go” thing for you.
No matter what the number is, liposuction is a surgical procedure and that death does occur.
Real Enough Liposuction Risks
Some could be mild but some could be serious or fatal.
So, do check carefully with the surgeon about your conditions.
Don’t go for it if you’re not sure of yourself or not sure of the surgeon’s skill and experience.
I’m not in favor of liposuction because it isn’t medically necessary; it’s just a cosmetic procedure to shape your body contour. It doesn’t help you to lose weight.
Go for the tried and true combo of exercise and healthy diet, to help you lose weight.