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Is there any side effect by using the laser liposuction to ger rid of genetic double chin because the treatements with laser are considered dangerous?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Many side effects: Namely over treatment or under treatment. Laser like any surgical instrument may be safe but it can also produce excessive scarring or thermal injury which can be undersireable in the highly visible chin area.
Dr. Evan Sorokin
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Every surgical procedure has possible side effects. Common problems from laser liposuction include contour irregularities, asymmetries, scars, and unfortunately more and more reports of burns are being reported as more surgeons get more aggressive with these lasers. Surgery has risks. Liposuction is surgery. Laser liposuction is still surgery. So, talk to a board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Possibly: Every surgical procedure has possible side effects. Side effects / complications from laser liposuction include contour irregularities, asymmetries, scars, and burns. The possibility of a burn comes from the laser used with liposuction. The liposuction can be done without out a laser which eliminates the risk of burns. Most laser assisted liposuction chin patients are satisfied by the treatment.
Dr. Kenneth Bemudez
Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Risks: All liposuction whether conventional, ultrasound or laser assisted have potential for complications. Here are a few: reaction to anesthesia fluid accumulation fat or blood clots which can migrate to the heart or lungs, leading to death skin injury infection excessive fluid loss asymmetry (uneven contour or shape) friction burns damage to vital organs. Laser assisted is considered as safe as others.

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