Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from specific areas of the body. It can make a person’s body look better and enhance their self-esteem. Of course, as with any surgery, there are certain risks associated with the procedure, though the chance of any of these risks occurring is reduced greatly when choosing an experienced surgeon. Before you go under the knife, it’s important to understand the risks involved. Here are the known and unknown risks of liposuction.
Anesthetic Issues: Any time you go under anesthesia, there are certain risks involved. Most of the risks are mild. However, when administered incorrectly, it can even lead to death. This is especially true when someone gives someone far too much anesthesia. Elderly people and people with certain medical conditions are at an even higher risk of experiencing complications. To ensure you don’t have any problems, go to a facility with a good reputation. You should also talk to your doctor about any conditions you currently have.
Nerve Damage: It is normal to experience a bit of numbness after your liposuction surgery. However, this numbness should go away. In some cases, the numbness may stay with you permanently. This numbness would be the result of nerves in that area being damaged from the procedure. Another possibility would be that the target area may not go completely numb, but it may feel different than normal. It may have a tingling sensation, for example.
Organ Problems: Putting your body through a drastic change means it must adjust. Our bodies are designed to withstand quite a bit, but some liposuction patients may have some trouble with their organs after the procedure. The kidney or heart may go into a bit of a shock and not work quite as well as it should. The organs are particularly vulnerable when the surgeon is changing fluid levels at drastic levels.
Fat Embolism: In liposuction, your surgeon is removing fat. While doing this, they may inadvertently loosen up some of the remaining fat. Unfortunately, there is a chance of this fat breaking off and getting into your bloodstream. This is known as a fat embolism. While in your bloodstream, it may even end up in your organs, such as your lungs or your brain. When this happens, it causes a very serious problem. Most often, it prevents the blood from flowing properly. This can sometimes get resolved on its own. If the blood can’t flow, it may even affect the nearby organs. When this happens, it can even lead to death.
Infection: In liposuction, a doctor will make an incision into your skin. Whenever there is an incision, there is the risk of infection in that area. An infection happens when the open wound is exposed to harmful bacteria. An infection can get quite nasty and even become life-threatening in certain situations. Always go to a doctor immediately if you think you have an infection. Luckily, an infection is quite rare. Take care to care for your incision area properly as well as keeping it covered when possible until it is perfectly healed.
Other Possible Outcomes
Contour or Color Irregularities: Your surgeon will do the best they can to provide aesthetically pleasing results. However, the fact of the matter is that your body may not heal the way you expected. After the surgery, you may notice that certain areas of your body seem uneven with other areas of your body. The skin may even appear bumpy. These issues may be permanent in some cases.
On a related note, another issue may be discolored skin following treatment. Before surgery, the skin in and surrounding the target area was all one color. A patient goes into surgery assuming that it will all be one color when once the procedure is complete. However, the procedure can make the skin pigment change for the target area, resulting in a patch of skin that doesn’t match the rest of their body. This can give you a larger complex than the extra fat did in the first place.
However, issues like these can be avoided by choosing an experienced surgeon and following all of the rules they give you before and after the procedure.
Results Don’t Meet Expectations: One of the biggest risks after liposuction surgery is the possibility of not liking the results of the surgery. Even if the doctor does everything right, it might not go the way you expected. To avoid this, it’s important to manage your expectations and keep a realistic idea of what the outcomes could be. Liposuction is a great surgery for people who just can’t seem to get rid of the fat in certain areas on the body. However, it’s crucial to understand the possibilities of a problem. While rare, understanding what can happen will help you identify it and reach out to a doctor when you notice something off.
Contact Dr. Baker Today
The best way to reduce the likelihood of any complications occurring with your lipo surgery is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with before-and-after pictures of prior patients. Dr. Stephan Baker is board-certified and specializes in both facial and body procedures. For more information, contact us today by calling our Miami offices at (305) 381-8837 or scheduling a consultation online.