Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Blog

Possible Problems and Complications With Liposuction

Posted on February 21, 2019 by

No surgical procedure is without risk. Most complications associated with liposuction, however, are minor. Here are some possible problems:

  • Collection of blood under the skin (hematoma). This can be removed. Temporary crusting which forms on the incision

  • Temporary numbness or loss of sensation in the area of the operation. This is fairly common, but in time the sensation usually returns

  • Soreness, pain or itching. If these sensations occur they generally disappear with time

  • Undercorrection. A revision is occasionally necessary to achieve the desired effect

  • Waviness or wrinkling of the skin. If the skin is inelastic, it may not contract sufficiently after surgery

  • Lumpiness or irregularities. These usually diminish with time, but may remain permanently

  • Bruising and swelling. These are temporary, but may be prolonged and extensive, depending on the area treated and the amount of fat removed. Depression: With aesthetic surgery, as with other surgical procedures, this sometimes occurs postoperatively. This is generally attributed to the normal response of the body to surgery and anesthesia

  • Asymmetry: No patient is identical from side to side. Small differences exist in all patients. In the occasional patient with a major difference, this may be improved with a secondary procedure

Potential but unlikely complications

  • Infection

  • Poor healing of skin. Loss of a small area of skin (necrosis). Overcorrection. This rarely occurs, but if it does, it will cause a permanent depression in the area of the previous bulge

  • Widening or thickening of the scars. If this happens, the scars can be revised in a simple office procedure. Incisions can never be guaranteed to “heal” in a certain way

  • Seroma (a collection of fluid at the surgical site). This can be removed. Complications of a severe nature which could be life threatening (e.g., leg phlebitis, fat or blood clots to the lung)

  • Deep venous thrombosis (blood clots) affects mainly the veins in the lower leg and the thigh. This clot may interfere with circulation of the area, and it may break off and travel through the blood stream. This clot can then lodge in the brain, lungs, heart, or other area, causing severe damage to that organ or even death. This is the reasons we have you stop hormones, wear TED hose, and walk every 3 hours the night of surgery

  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing can be a sign of blood clots in your lungs

Infection Alert
There is evidence of an increased incidence of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other antibiotic resistant bacteria in our community. In the past, these resistant bacteria were typically found only in hospitals, but they are now found everywhere. Frequently people can be a carrier of the bacteria without their knowledge. An infection with this bacteria can cause severe damage to the skin and even death. We are diligent in cleaning and sterilizing our facility and try to limit the exposure of outside bacteria from patients into our surgery center. We therefore have implemented the following hygiene steps to help prevent the contamination of our facility and therefore decrease your post-operative infection risk.

Bathe your entire body with CLn body wash the 2 nights prior to surgery and again the morning of surgery. CLn body wash is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic liquid soap. Sleep on clean sheets the night before surgery and wear clean clothes to your lipo surgery.

YOU MUST ENTER INTO YOUR SURGERY FULLY UNDERSTANDING NOT ONLY THE BENEFITS, BUT ALSO THE POSSIBLE PROBLEMS. ON RARE OCCASIONS, MINOR REVISION MAY BE NECESSARY TO ENHANCE THE FINAL RESULTS.

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