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Liposuction Risks and Safety

Liposuction Risks and Safety | Houston Plastic SurgeryOver the last three decades, liposuction cosmetic surgery has emerged as one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. Risks during surgery and recovery as well as post-op downtimes have reduced with new liposuction techniques.

However, some risk will always be associated with liposuction, just like any other surgical procedure.

Patients should ideally choose a fully qualified and experienced surgeon for liposuction. At the same time, the patient should be committed to following the surgeon’s advice and cooperating with them at every stage of the procedure. Board certified and poignant plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides liposuction to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and other suburbs and cities around this mighty city of Texas.

 

Potential Complications

The incidence of major complications is minimized if the liposuction surgery is performed by someone with a proven track record and having a board certification in plastic surgery. In any case, the patient should be apprised of the following potential complications in order to make an informed decision:

  • Occurrence of bacterial infection during or after the surgery
  • Poor anesthesia reaction
  • Formation of blood clots
  • Fluid collection underneath the skin
  • Excessive bleeding or fluid loss during fat removal
  • Extended numbness or permanent loss of sensation in the incision site
  • Poor post-surgical healing
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Skin pigmentation changes
  • Damage to healthy surrounding tissue or nerves
  • Damage to internal organs

 

Rare Complications

In very rare cases, the patient may experience more serious complications. Some of the complications may include cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, internal blood clotting, excessive bleeding, seizures, permanent nerve damage, brain damage from anesthesia, or acute drug interactions.

A qualified surgeon will take all the necessary precautions and carefully determine candidacy to minimize the occurrence of very severe complications. When the surgeon follows the current safety protocols and adopts a conservative approach to fat removal, the risks are minimal. Stellar, committed, and judicious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas.

 

Risk of Excessive Liposuction

If excessive liposuction is performed in a single surgery, the risks will escalate. The surgeon should preferably restrict the amount of fat removal to less than 10 pounds of fat for one area for body contouring.

Dents, lumps, and sagging skin in the treated areas may appear due to excessive liposuction. For more extensive fat reduction, the procedure may be performed in stages, with sufficient gap between two stages.

 

Reducing the Risk

To begin with, the patient should disclose all pertinent information related to their current health condition, any underlying medical issues, lifestyle issues such as smoking or drinking, and provide a list of all the prescription, non-prescription or recreational drugs that they may be currently using.

This will allow the surgeon to anticipate complications, modify the surgical plan, and recommend the appropriate fat reduction technique for the patient. The candidate’s body weight should be within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight in order to have decent results with liposuction. The weight should have stabilized before liposuction is performed.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

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