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Are there big risks to liposuction?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: LS risk

Yes! any surgery carries the risk of death.
This can happen from anesthesia but if very unlikely if you are healthy and your anesthesiologist is trained/experienced. You could also develop clots in your legs which could break off and travel to your lungs and kill you. This risk is higher in smokers, obese people, those with history of clots or those on hormone treatments.

In brief: LS risk

Yes! any surgery carries the risk of death.
This can happen from anesthesia but if very unlikely if you are healthy and your anesthesiologist is trained/experienced. You could also develop clots in your legs which could break off and travel to your lungs and kill you. This risk is higher in smokers, obese people, those with history of clots or those on hormone treatments.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Mark Johnson
Risks of anesthesia are why most practitioners perform these procedures under minimal sedation as in-office procedures, and do so quite safely
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Liposuction complic

Extremley rarely, from a procedure that is done very commonly with excellent safety margin, there can be life threateining infections, fluid status issues, heart issues, anesthesia complications, fat emboli and clots, and other serious problems.
No surgery is without a risk. Discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon if you're considering to have liposuction and if you are deemed to be a candidate.

In brief: Liposuction complic

Extremley rarely, from a procedure that is done very commonly with excellent safety margin, there can be life threateining infections, fluid status issues, heart issues, anesthesia complications, fat emboli and clots, and other serious problems.
No surgery is without a risk. Discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon if you're considering to have liposuction and if you are deemed to be a candidate.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Serious risks rare

There is a lot of misinformation about the risks of liposuction but the important thing to keep in mind is that although the skin incisions are tiny, it is surgery.
Doing it under local anesthesia doesn't make it safer, and it should be done in an accredited surgical facility by a qualified surgeon. A good surgeon will give you a detailed list of the risks and benefits in your particular case.

In brief: Serious risks rare

There is a lot of misinformation about the risks of liposuction but the important thing to keep in mind is that although the skin incisions are tiny, it is surgery.
Doing it under local anesthesia doesn't make it safer, and it should be done in an accredited surgical facility by a qualified surgeon. A good surgeon will give you a detailed list of the risks and benefits in your particular case.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Liposuction that is performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon in an appropriate setting carries very few risks.
Large volume liposuction (>6-8 liters of fat) carries greater risks.

In brief: No

Liposuction that is performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon in an appropriate setting carries very few risks.
Large volume liposuction (>6-8 liters of fat) carries greater risks.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Uncommon

Most of the serious risks and complications are associated with the general anesthesia and time spent under rather than the actual liposuction itself.
There are also specific guidelines about the maximum amount of Lidocaine used and volume of fat that can be safely removed. Cardiac and respiratory complications, shock are the serious risks. Careful screening of the patient needs to be done.

In brief: Uncommon

Most of the serious risks and complications are associated with the general anesthesia and time spent under rather than the actual liposuction itself.
There are also specific guidelines about the maximum amount of Lidocaine used and volume of fat that can be safely removed. Cardiac and respiratory complications, shock are the serious risks. Careful screening of the patient needs to be done.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes but few

There are risks to liposuction but if properly perfromed by an experienced individual, the risks should be low and few.
Riks do include infection, hematoma, bruising, irregularities, dimpling, overcorrection, undercorrection, skin loss, numbness, pain, etc.

In brief: Yes but few

There are risks to liposuction but if properly perfromed by an experienced individual, the risks should be low and few.
Riks do include infection, hematoma, bruising, irregularities, dimpling, overcorrection, undercorrection, skin loss, numbness, pain, etc.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery

In brief: Uncommon but big

Shock, embolus death.
Consult only with asps surgeon to maximally decrease likelihood of these problems.

In brief: Uncommon but big

Shock, embolus death.
Consult only with asps surgeon to maximally decrease likelihood of these problems.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Timothy King
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