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What Are the Risks of Liposuction?

Posted June 09, 2021 in Liposuction, Liposuction Recovery

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It’s understandable to have concerns before going into any type of plastic surgery, including liposuction. 

One of the most common questions patients ask is, “what are the risks of liposuction?” While there is no way to ensure that no complications will ever occur, liposuction is a very safe procedure — particularly in the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Robert Rey.

While risks are rare, it is always good to be aware of the possibilities. This will allow you to stay alert and knowledgeable about the side effects to watch out for. Knowing this will make you a good liposuction candidate.

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Some risks of liposuction include:

1. Infection

There is a possibility of infection with any surgery. 

Any incision — regardless of size — opens up your body, and if bacteria enters your body, an infection may occur. Infections typically occur post-operation. 

This is why following the doctor’s aftercare instructions is so important. Wearing your compression garment and cleaning your incisions during your recovery will protect you from infection.

2. Bleeding

Excessive bleeding is a risk that neither you nor your surgeon wants to deal with. This is why your surgeon reviews your medical history and your current state of health before approving you for the procedure. If you are on any medication that will cause bleeding, your doctor will discuss your options during the consultation.

Additionally, patients are always asked to stop drinking and smoking before and after their surgery, as these activities can lead to excessive bleeding.

3. Complications From Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia complications are probably everyone’s top concerns. 

However, the risks are a lot smaller than you may realize. For a healthy person having a planned surgery, the mortality rate associated with general anesthesia is estimated to be about one in every 100,000 patients. And the risk of brain damage from anesthesia complications is so tiny that there isn’t a number attached to the risk.

Clearly, this is a rare occurrence and one that the majority of patients shouldn’t worry about. However, your doctor will ask you pre-screening questions during your consultation to rule out any known issues to cause anesthesia complications.

4. Changes in Skin Sensation

One risk that may occur during liposuction recovery is a change in skin sensation. This can present itself as numbness or increased sensitivity in an area. If a gentle, skilled plastic surgeon performed your surgery, this side effect usually goes away after a few months.

It’s important to understand that these surgical risks are relatively low. 

However, one of the ways you can reduce risks is by using the right doctor. When you use an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Rey, you are investing in your safety.

Book Your Liposuction Consultation With Dr. Robert Rey

Dr. Rey has years of experience performing all types of plastic surgery procedures, including liposuction. He will take time during yourWhile risks are rare, it is always good to be aware of the possibilities. This will allow you to stay alert and knowledgeable about the side effects to watch out for. consultation to ensure it’s safe for you to move forward with the procedure. The consultation is also a great time to answer any of your questions about concerns and risks about the procedure. 

Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation today.