10 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible to get a broken rib from an aggressive liposuction?
10 doctors weighed in

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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