Liposuction Risks Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
Complications from liposuction are rare, but all surgery carries some risks. When multiple or very extensive areas are suctioned in one procedure, the risk of severe trauma is higher.
- Fluid accumulation may occur which will need to be drained.
- As with all surgery there is some risk of infection. Dr. Hicks will prescribe antibiotics and give you detailed instruction on how to care for your incisions to minimize the risk of infection.
- Some people experience rippling, bagginess or discoloration of the skin.
- Asymmetrical results can be corrected by a second procedure.
- Blood clots are a known risk of liposuction. You can help to prevent their formation by getting up and moving around as soon as possible and regularly during recovery.
- Embolism is also a known risk of liposuction. This occurs when dislodged fat enters the bloodstream and travels to the lungs or brain. Since Vaser emulsifies the fat before it is removed, the risk of embolism is very low.
- Fluid imbalance can cause a patient to go into shock. A large amount of fluid is removed during liposuction, but it’s also replaced. Dr. Hicks and his staff will monitor you closely for any signs of fluid imbalance.
- When having multiple or large areas suctioned there is some risk of anesthesia overdose. This normally causes lightheadedness, drowsiness, and slurred speech, but in a few rare cases can cause death. Dr. Hicks ensures close anesthesia monitoring during his liposuction procedures.
Most liposuction patients do not experience complications. Dr. Hicks will explain all these risks to you in detail and will explain the steps you can take to minimize them.