A 36-year-old member asked:

Is liposuction even safe? are there sides effects?

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Mostly: All surgery has a small degree of risk. Liposuction, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in the technique, has a very low risk profile. The most common risks are over or under-resection of the fat, minor scars, temporary swelling, bruising and numbness in the treated areas.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Liposuction Risks: Every surgical procedure, including liposuction surgery, carries risks. These include risk of infection, bleeding, skin contour irregularities, abnormal scarring, asymmetry, unsatisfactory cosmetic result or skin redraping, and the potential need for further surgery. Careful selection of your surgeon will be key. Undergoing surgery only if you are a good candidate also important. Best wishes.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Of course, YES: There are many potential side effects some good and some bad but in general, liposuction is a popular procedure with high satisfaction rates when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in the appropriate candidate. Risks will include over/under correction, irregularities, skin laxity, infection, scarring, bleeding, numbness, pain, fibrosis, dimpling, necrotising fasciitis, thrombosis, etc.
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 16 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.
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Dr. Ergun Kocak
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Hi! As with any surgical procedure, there are risks to liposuction that you should know about, such as bruising and swelling, scarring of the treated areas, and inflammation. But you can ensure a smooth recovery without any complications if you commit to your surgeon's post-operative instructions and attend all your follow-up consultations.
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