Liposuction - What Are the Risks?
Millions of patients around the world have used liposuction for a quick fix to remove their excess fat. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure which removes fatty deposits from under the skin using suction, with the aim of sculpting and defining the figure. The procedure is mostly performed while a patient is under local anaesthetic. Basically, the operation usually involves the surgeon making small incisions in specific areas of the body and then inserting a narrow tube underneath the skin. A vacuum is then used to remove excess fatty deposits. However, there are different liposuction techniques, including tumescent, Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo and it is necessary for patients to research each type thoroughly before deciding which particular cosmetic surgery procedure to undergo, as they may be more suited to one type than another.
The majority of patients are very satisfied with the results of liposuction, especially with the newer techniques such as Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo. However, is liposuction really as good as it seems? The initial thing to be aware of is that much careful thought and preparation is essential for successful liposuction, whether you are opting for more traditional procedures such as tumescent liposuction or less invasive techniques such as Vaser Lipo. The surgeon must firstly determine the shape of the body that he is likely to achieve with the patient and, if possible, to see photographs of the patient before he or she put weight on or, if applicable, the patient's pre-pregnancy shape. In addition, the timing of the surgery is an important factor. The patient needs to have a stable weight, as any form of liposuction including Smart Lipo or Vaser Lipo should not be seen as a quick fix. Also it is not a good idea to have liposuction in July because you are planning to go on holiday in August, due to recovery times and the time taken for the body to reach its optimum shape following surgery.
In the vast majority of cases, liposuction goes smoothly and the only side effect is some bruising, swelling and a bit of soreness, which usually goes within a week or so. Indeed, the newer techniques such as Vaser Lipo have shorter recovery times and are less invasive than traditional liposuction.
However, as with any type of surgery it is important to be aware that there is always a risk that something will go wrong. The largest risk with all cosmetic surgery is that of infection. This is because any operation that involves cutting into your skin makes the body vulnerable to all kinds of germs that it would not normally come into contact with. Obviously, the surgery will be carried out in a sterile environment, but it is after an operation that a patient is most vulnerable to infection. If not promptly treated, infections can cause prolonged swelling, pain and sometime even permanent scarring. Other (very minor) risks include punctured organs from the movement of the liposuction instruments, damage to the tissues and irregular or uneven skin contouring. In very rare instances liposuction can cause pulmonary embolism (blood clot on the lung), which can cause sudden death. Of course, this happens extremely rarely and is virtually unheard of with newer procedures such as Vaser Lipo, but on the other hand it is wise to be aware of all risks before deciding to proceed with liposuction.
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