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Liposuction side effects

Updated on May 12, 2011

One question that might come to your mind is about liposuction side effects, in case you are planning for it. Before liposuction, you should be aware of how the procedure is done and wether or not it suits your medical condition. Be sure to choose a good surgeon with a long experience in such procedures.

You should consult your doctor and tell him all the information about your health, any present illness/condition, if you are taking any medications, your doctor should know. There are different considerations and expectations for the procedure depending on wether you are doing this to contour your body or as a weight loss method. You may need to perform multiple liposuction operations to avoid the side effects of removal of excess fatty tissue and the complications of anaesthesia.

Severe and mild side effects

Just like any surgical operation, liposuction can have some common side effects which are usually mild. But in some rare cases there can be serious complications, as those resulting from choosing a wrong person who is not a good candidate for surgery (cardiac patients, old patients, etc). Let's talk about some of the minor side effects that may happen after liposuction:

  • Bruises develope in all the patients and will usually disappear within a few weeks.
  • Scars of liposuction are commonly smaller that most of surgical operations and takes months to disappear. Healing and scarring vary from one person to another.
  • Lumps, skin necrosis and over laxity (sagging) of skin.
  • Mild pain which can be controlled be analgesics.
  • Numbness.
  • Swelling of the area of the operation.
  • Fluid accumulation with tumescentand other super wet techniques.
  • Damage to skin, and nerve injury which is usually a doctor's fault.


These were the minor and common side effects. There are more serious complications that can occur after surgical operation, for example:

- Infections.

- Reaction to drugs.

- Fat clots.

- Ecxessive bleeding.

-Burns and internal organ damage.

- Cardiac arrhythmias and arrest.

- Excessive bleeding, specially with bleeding disorders.

- Complications of anaesthesia.

How to minimize complications:

As I said, the surgeon must be aware of the complete medical condition of the patient and his current medications. A full medical check up should be done before any surgical operation.

Choose a proffessional surgeon and a good center/hospital. Consult the doctor about the expectations and the dangers of the operation and about the alternatives for liposuction if you are not a perfect candidate and to avoid the side effects.

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      ocbill 

      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great info. traditional liposuction does have more side effects than laser or newer techniques.

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