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What are the risks of liposuction?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It varies: Most of the bad side effects (death, severe injury) are related to general anesthesia. Still, even under local anesthesia, death has been reported but it is very very rare. More common issues are irregular lumps, bruising, infection, scars. Have realistic expectations regarding weight loss...Liposuction results in very little weight loss.
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Liposuction risks vary depending on treatment site (e.g. Face, neck, body), method used (e.g. Traditional cold technique, laser assisted), amount of tissue removed and type of anesthesia. Certain significant general health risks related to liposuction of major body areas are much less likely with liposuction of the neck or "micro-liposuction" of the face.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Bleeding: Scars, contour deformity , and death(rare).
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Infection (rare), lumps (fairly common), asymmetry (common), pain (common), bruising (common). Most of the side effects are either not very serious or not very common especially if you are doing the procedure under local anesthesia (not being put to sleep).
Jul 29, 2012
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Usually mild....: As long as you seek the help of a qualified surgeon and not the corner butcher, liposuction problems tend to be mild. The risk do include rarely death, irregularities, bleeding and infection.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Liposuction risks: Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures and is very safe when performed by a qualified and experienced infividual. Of course this means conducting a consultation in which the risks and benefits have been reviewed as well as an assessment of realistic expectations in an appropriate candidate. Risks include infection, bleeding, irregularities, fat embolism, necrosis, over/under.

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What is liposuction?

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Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 37 years experience
Liposuction: Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce fat deposits in the thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, abdomen, waist, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin, neck, calves, and ankles.

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