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Is it possible to get a broken rib from an aggressive liposuction?

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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Never seen it.

I have never seen this complication so while it is possible, it is very uncommon.

In brief: Never seen it.

I have never seen this complication so while it is possible, it is very uncommon.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Highly Unlikely

The liposuction canula is directed into the layer of fat beween the skin and the inderlying muscles.
The canlula should not hit the ribs, and it would be very difficult to fracture a rib with the blunt tip. The best way to prevent complcations of liposuction is by seeing a qualified professional who performs the procedure in the proper setting. Always check credentials.

In brief: Highly Unlikely

The liposuction canula is directed into the layer of fat beween the skin and the inderlying muscles.
The canlula should not hit the ribs, and it would be very difficult to fracture a rib with the blunt tip. The best way to prevent complcations of liposuction is by seeing a qualified professional who performs the procedure in the proper setting. Always check credentials.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Possible

It's possible but highly unlikely.

In brief: Possible

It's possible but highly unlikely.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. David LaMond
Bariatrics

In brief: NO magic pill

Not possible, especially if you undergo lipo utilizing tumescent technique (local/outpatient).

In brief: NO magic pill

Not possible, especially if you undergo lipo utilizing tumescent technique (local/outpatient).
Dr. David LaMond
Dr. David LaMond
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Dr. David Levens
This would be a most unusual complication of liposuction. More likely but still fortunately rare complications from liposuction include penetration of deeper structures. In the area of the chest, this can result in collapse of a lung
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