Identifying The Pros And Cons Of Liposuction

Good! You’re a logical decision maker. You want to know the pros and cons of liposuction surgery and you don’t want us to hold anything back. Surgery is a decision never to be made lightly. With few exceptions, cosmetic surgery is not normally a necessary procedure. For something like liposuction (lipoplasty), there are advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered way before you schedule that surgery. I apologize in advance for the long post but I thought this topic deserved the real estate!

Analyzing the Decision

It is completely understandable and expected to have some concerns about the risks and benefits of having liposuction. You should not be the only one concerned about this.

Your doctor should also be asking plenty of questions during the initial consultation. These questions should include:

  • Why are you considering cosmetic surgery?
  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • What is your normal diet?

He should also want to know if your weight has fluctuated much over the recent years. If your weight has fluctuated you might not be the ideal candidate for this plastic surgery. Lipoplasty is not a quick fix weight loss solution. You will still need to follow a exercise regularly and maintain a healthy, sensible diet . Knowing you have done the most you could do with nonsurgical efforts will help you justify the risks involved while having a clear picture of what you want for your body.

The clear advantage of this surgery is that relative to exercise and diet the results are quicker and more dramatic. You can be back to work in 1 to 2 weeks. For some areas like the abdomen it may be the only way to get those perfect abs since for most of us stomach fat is the most difficult to get rid of.

So what are the disadvantages? Most people are usually sold on something because they want the benefits. Unfortunately some do not look into the risks involved, which in some cases could be severe. The majority of the risks with lipoplasty revolve around the risk of surgery itself. These risks could be as present for a woman having a c-section as they would be for another having abdominal lipoplasty.

Your surgeon will most likely discuss the pros and cons of liposuction with you more than once. The doctor may also have you see a psychiatrist to make sure you are in the right frame of mind to make these decisions. During this time make sure to get a listing of the possible complications associated with this surgery. The major areas of concern are:

  • Excessive Liposuction
  • Minor Surgical Complications
  • Major Surgical Complications
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Increased Bleeding due to Drug Interactions

There is a maximum amount of liposuction that is advised for safety reasons. What does this mean? Make sure to discuss the following with your doctor:

  • amount of fat that is going to be removed
  • the different areas that are to be done
  • whether more than one surgical procedure is going to take place that day

The more that is done in each of these areas the more the risk. Make sure to ask the doctor what is the recommended amount in all of these areas and are you in the best shape to be able to go through the process.

Ask the doctor for a full listing of the common and minor surgical complications to make sure you will at least be prepared for them if they do happen. The major surgical complications are more rare and include blood clots and injury to organs like the abdomen. Again make sure and ask a doctor for a list of these.

Anesthesia risks is a possible major complication of liposuction. When looking at the pros and cons of liposuction this is definitely an area to do your homework. Choosing the right type of anesthesia can be a life of death decision. Though minimal there have been deaths associated with the use of systemic anesthesia. Please be sure to ask your doctor about your options and check the credentials of the anesthesiologist who will be involved in your surgery.

The last risk again is one associated with surgery in general. Everyday drugs can cause increased bleeding after surgery. These drugs include but are not limited to:

  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • warfarin (Coumadin)

Your doctor should provide you with a list and guidelines on how soon you can use them after surgery.

So now that you know a fair amount about the pros and cons of liposuction you are ready to go to your doctor with a good list of questions. There are also a variety of resources online from plastic surgery associations. If you don’t feel you’re getting the real story from your doctors make sure you don’t get pressured. Better to be safe than sorry.

5 Responses to “Identifying The Pros And Cons Of Liposuction”

  1. Dalida says:

    Terible experience from lipo.I had it done last year in July combined with tummy tuck.Result big grove in the left side of my upper hip and univness all over my lower back and upper hips. I can’t leave with this any more it looks very,very bad,what can i do now? Can you please,advise me? Is there any place i can put my picture of my after lipo resuts,so you can see? Thank you,Dalida

  2. Mystique says:

    Hello Dalida,

    I am so sorry to hear about your experience. I am not sure whether posting your photo with me will help but I will follow up with a post of possible resources for “when cosmetic surgery goes wrong” and update this comment with the link. I will definitely try to post that this week.

    I added the post

    Hopefully it helps…

  3. Kiki Mwanza says:

    I am 35 years old and a black african. I have been on arv treatment for four years now and my tummy has grown big. Can I have a tummy tuck or liposuction? Help, am losing shape

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