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what is the defect of liposuction?

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Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Over-resection: Sometimes you may see a defect or a visible depression in an area where liposuction was done. This may represent over-resection of tissue with the liposuction. While this can happen in any surgeon's hands, in my opinion, this is one more reason to make sure of your liposuction surgeon's training and credentials. I suggest having a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and in asps.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Fat loss: I think you mean what is the effect of liposuction. Liposuction is the removal of subcutaneous fat through suction cannulas. It permanently removes a portion of the fat between the skin and muscle. The effect of liposuction is to remove a small amount fat between under the skin to sculpt the body.
Dr. BHARAT Shah
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Overdoing it: Overdone liposuction can cause contour abnormalities. The use of smaller, finer liposuction intstruments can reduce the chance of contour defects.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Liposuction Defects.: Liposuction surgery carries risks of over resection; if this occurs patients may see or feel skin contour irregularities/defects and an overall unsatisfactory aesthetic result. Care must be taken during his procedures to avoid these types of complications.
Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Risks of lipo: Liposuction is real surgery and carries a small risk of complications. Risks of surgery include bleeding and bruising, infection, multiple small scars, fluid collections, asymmetry, contour irregularities, and blood clots. Risks are often dependent on your current medical condition. Please discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon. http://www.dassmd.com/liposuction/index.html.
Dr. Mark Johnson
Aesthetic Medicine 26 years experience
I fix defects all the time, which is one of the contour irregularities which liposuction can cause. Transferring fat to these areas usually gives a very nice correction. Nor do plastic surgeons have a lock on this procedure. Developed by Dr. Klein, a dermatologist. Also, the inventor of liposuction was a gynecologist. Get a doctor who specializes in liposuction and fat transfer.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there big risks to liposuction?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on your overall health, and how much liposuction is being done. In general, if you are healthy and do not undergo large volume liposuction, it is a relatively safe procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. I recommend discussing your personal situation with a board certified plastic surgeon who could explain the risks and come up with the best treatment plan for you.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there liposuction complications that happen often?

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Dr. Jon Perlman
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Not if done properly: Complications from liposuction are very rare if patient and doctor selection are made carefully. For example a patient with loose skin after weight loss is not a very good candidate for lipo whereas someone with good skin elasticity and localized extra fat is. An unskilled surgeon or a poor candidate for the procedure can cause bad results and even complications. Choose wisely!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can liposuction leave you disfigured?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends: If improperly done by someone who is not a board certified plastic surgeon, then yes.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens to the fat after liposuction?

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Dr. Brian Klink
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Permanent removal: The fat that is removed is permanently gone. The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest stage to have liposuction?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Age 18, if needed: If you are at or close to ideal weight, have localized excess fatty tissues, and have good overlying skin tone, you are a good candidate to see an abps-certified plastic surgeon experienced in the various liposuction techniques that might be appropriate for you. Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique.

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