11 doctors weighed in:
Liposuction. Good idea? What are the potential long term side effects?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert True
Preventive Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Minimal with skill
Liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic procedures when performed by a skilled, trained cosmetic surgeon.
Tumescent liposuction is the key, where the tumescent fluid decreases all the potential risks of liposuction, including a decreased risk of bleeding and infection, plus a marked decrease in dvts and pes since it can be performed awake, without a general anesthetic.

In brief: Minimal with skill
Liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic procedures when performed by a skilled, trained cosmetic surgeon.
Tumescent liposuction is the key, where the tumescent fluid decreases all the potential risks of liposuction, including a decreased risk of bleeding and infection, plus a marked decrease in dvts and pes since it can be performed awake, without a general anesthetic.
Dr. Robert True
Dr. Robert True
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Dr. Daniel Chappell
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not for weight loss
Liposuction can be a good way to trim and sculpt areas of unwanted bulging.
If you are overweight or obese, it is not a good way to lose weight. There is only a certain amount of fat that can be harvested at a time, due to regulations. Side effects can include pain, infection, abscess, and the standard risks of anesthesia or sedation. Talk to your surgeon.

In brief: Not for weight loss
Liposuction can be a good way to trim and sculpt areas of unwanted bulging.
If you are overweight or obese, it is not a good way to lose weight. There is only a certain amount of fat that can be harvested at a time, due to regulations. Side effects can include pain, infection, abscess, and the standard risks of anesthesia or sedation. Talk to your surgeon.
Dr. Daniel Chappell
Dr. Daniel Chappell
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Good idea for most
Liposuction if properly performed is safe and has no long term side effects.
You should maintain a healthy weight to maintain results.

In brief: Good idea for most
Liposuction if properly performed is safe and has no long term side effects.
You should maintain a healthy weight to maintain results.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends
Liposuction is an ideal treatment for localized areas of fatty deposition beneath the skin with the expectation that after surgery there will be retraction of the overlying skin and improvement of the contour. If the skin cannot be anticipated to retract, surgical excision of the skin and fat would be more appropriate.
Long-term problems of liposuction mostly involve irregular contour of the skin.

In brief: Depends
Liposuction is an ideal treatment for localized areas of fatty deposition beneath the skin with the expectation that after surgery there will be retraction of the overlying skin and improvement of the contour. If the skin cannot be anticipated to retract, surgical excision of the skin and fat would be more appropriate.
Long-term problems of liposuction mostly involve irregular contour of the skin.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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