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What is liposuction? Is it safe? What are the possible side effects?

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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Lipo is safe

Lipo is extremely safe in the right hands.
Side effects include contour deformities , scars, pain, skin changes, and even bowel injury. If cannula goes too deep it can injure the bowels and even lead to death if not treated early.

In brief: Lipo is safe

Lipo is extremely safe in the right hands.
Side effects include contour deformities , scars, pain, skin changes, and even bowel injury. If cannula goes too deep it can injure the bowels and even lead to death if not treated early.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Jane Chung
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Safe

Safe with experienced hands.
It gets much safer with tumescent anesthesia without general anesthesia. There are still possible complications such as most commonly, irregularity asymmetry, bumps and lumps, even death.

In brief: Safe

Safe with experienced hands.
It gets much safer with tumescent anesthesia without general anesthesia. There are still possible complications such as most commonly, irregularity asymmetry, bumps and lumps, even death.
Dr. Jane Chung
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Dr. David Levens
Agree with Dr. Chung mostly except for the part about liposuction being " much safer" without general anesthesia. There are many physicians who perform liposuction. Levels of training and expertise can vary greatly as can results. Many if not most plastic surgeons routinely perform liposuction using general anesthesia very safely in operating rooms with expert assistance of anesthesia personnel. The tumescent technique using fluid infused into the area to be treated with local anesthetic (to reduce pain) and epinephrine (to reduce bleeding) is essentially universal for all practitioners whether additional anesthesia (ie. sedation or general) is utilized or not.
Dr. Jane Chung
That is really true, Dr. David. I appreciate your comment. Thank you so mcuh~
Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes, but...

Liposuction carries risk of infection, bleeding, skin contour irregularities, unsatisfactory skin redraping or cosmetic result, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Having said that, liposuction done by well-trained/experienced physicians is a generally safe and well tolerated procedure for patients with localized areas of adipose tissue and good quality skin elasticity.

In brief: Yes, but...

Liposuction carries risk of infection, bleeding, skin contour irregularities, unsatisfactory skin redraping or cosmetic result, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Having said that, liposuction done by well-trained/experienced physicians is a generally safe and well tolerated procedure for patients with localized areas of adipose tissue and good quality skin elasticity.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Safe

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat.
It is performed by passing long narrow cannulas under the skin to suction out the fat. Most common risks include: bruising, pain, fluid collections, contour irregularity, skin laxity. It's best to discuss the procedure and risks with the surgeon that you have selected to perform the surgery.

In brief: Safe

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat.
It is performed by passing long narrow cannulas under the skin to suction out the fat. Most common risks include: bruising, pain, fluid collections, contour irregularity, skin laxity. It's best to discuss the procedure and risks with the surgeon that you have selected to perform the surgery.
Dr. Dennis Dass
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