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Liposuction is a surgery that contains the same risks as regular surgeries plus a few risks known only to liposuction itself. Liposuction is an elective cosmetic procedure that uses a cannula to suction out an amount of fat from the body in a localized area. The fat is removed and the body appears thinner, without the love handles or stomach paunch that existed before the procedure. Because the surgery is elective, you need to understand the risks and benefits of the surgery before you go on to having the procedure performed. If you would like advice at no cost just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a liposuction solicitor will telephone you with no charge and no obligation.

The possible liposuction problems are actually quite rare. One complication is infection, which can be extensive beneath the skin. You can also get problems related to anesthesia, such as a reaction or allergy to anesthesia. You can become severely dehydrated and develop a blood clot beneath the skin or within a deep vein in the leg or pelvis. There can be less severe problems associated with liposuction, including bruising, scarring or anesthesia (numbing) of the skin. The skin can change pigmentation.

Other complications associated with liposuction include an extended healing time due to infection or poor technique. You can get fluid accumulation beneath the skin and develop a "seroma" of the tissues, which needs to be drained from the body. Friction burns are possible and there can be damage to vital organs and tissues if the liposuction punctures the abdominal wall during the surgery.

A big problem can occur with excessive liposuction. This can happen when the doctor is overzealous and removes too much fat from one area. This can result in dents in the skin, lumpiness of the tissue and sagging of the leftover skin. You should instead schedule multiple liposuctions done several days or weeks out from one another.

The minor complications of liposuction, such as bruising, scarring or lumpy look often resolve spontaneously or need very little attention to correct. Even numbness of the tissues can resolve itself over time as the nervous tissue regenerates over several months.

The severe complications of liposuction include those things that can be deadly. The most deadly complication is a pulmonary embolus, which can occur from prolonged immobility after surgery. Other severe complications of liposuction include a cardiac arrhythmia, excessive bleeding or severe drug reaction. Brain damage can occur from an anesthetic complication. Pay attention to these complications in order to properly weigh the risks and benefits together.

Doctors can minimize patient dissatisfaction and complications by avoiding mistakes such as taking too much liposuction tissue at a time. The doctor can use anti-embolization stockings on the patient to avoid blood clots building up in the leg veins. Patients can avoid complications by choosing a board certified specialist in cosmetic surgery and choosing a doctor who has done many liposuctions in the past. Realistic expectations need to be employed by both the doctor and the patient. Not every patient can have the fat all removed from their body. The patient should be a healthy candidate for surgery and not have a large degree of underlying health problems. Practical expectations need to be taken into account.

Speak to the doctor about your concerns regarding having liposuction surgery. Talk about the various side effects that could happen and discuss how to avoid such complications. Take all precautions necessary in order to stop the complications from occurring. Do your homework when it involves finding the proper surgeon who has done hundreds of liposuction procedures in the past. Ask the doctor about his or her complication rates for various complications of liposuction surgery.

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Medical Negligence Solicitors

Our medical negligence solicitors will maximise your personal injury compensation claim using a no win no fee arrangement which means that if you don�t win then you don�t pay them their professional costs. If you believe that your liposuction was carried out negligently then just complete the contact form or email our solicitors offices or use the helpline and a liposuction solicitor will telephone you at no cost and with no obligation.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here