Annual data published by the ASPS indicates that liposuction presently ranks as the second most frequently performed plastic surgery procedure in the US.
The procedure has been made much safer and less invasive today due to the use of advanced techniques such as laser, tumescent, and ultrasound assisted liposuction.
However, similar to any surgical procedure, liposuction also has some level of risk associated with it. To minimize the risks, patients should identify the best possible plastic surgeon for the procedure.
The surgeon will provide the patient with various pre-and post-operative care guidelines. On their part, the patient should follow these instructions in a diligent manner.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
In the hands of a trained and experienced plastic surgeon, the possibility of the development of serious complications is very rare. But the patient should still recognize the potential complications prior to deciding on the surgery.
- Infection development in the areas of incisions during or after the procedure
- Poor reaction to anesthesia
- Formation of blood clots
- Fluid accumulation (hematoma) beneath the skin
- Damage to the healthy surrounding nerves or tissues
- Excessive loss of blood and fluid during the procedure
- Permanent or extended numbness in the incision area
- Slow recovery
- Damage to other organs
- Visible scarring
- Pigmentation changes
Severe complications occur during or after liposuction plastic surgery only in rare cases. These complications may include internal blood clotting, cardiac issues, seizures, excessive bleeding, brain damage due to anesthesia, permanent nerve damage, or acute drug interactions.
To avoid the chances of the development of such severe complications, an experienced surgeon will carefully determine suitable candidates for liposuction surgery. These risks increase if the patient has a pre-existing medical condition that makes them more susceptible.
Dangers associated with Excess Fat Removal
If the surgeon removes an excessive amount of fat through liposuction in a single session, it will increase the risk for the patient.
Ideally, the surgeon should not remove over ten pounds of fat from one region of the body during the surgery. In case larger amounts of fat are eliminated from either one or multiple areas, it will heighten the risk of severe complications.
Excessive liposuction can also lead to adverse cosmetic effects such as dents, loose skim, and lumps in the treated areas. If the patient requires more fat reduction beyond the safe limit, the surgeon may prescribe performing the procedure in phases.
Each phase will be undertaken as a separate liposuction procedure and will be spaced apart appropriately to ensure the patient’s safety.
The patient should openly disclose any medical conditions, previous health records, and current meds and supplements, smoking and drinking behaviors, and other lifestyle habits to the surgeon. This will allow the surgeon to determine whether liposuction is a suitable procedure for the patient.
In case the patient has lost weight, their weight must stabilize and they should be within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight. The surgeon may recommend tumescent liposuction to the patient in order to avoid risks associated with general anesthesia.
They may also sometimes use ultrasound, laser, or RF technologies to make liposuction more precise and minimally invasive. Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction.For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
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