Liposuction Risk Calculating the Odds

Liposuction risk is a real. Though the positive results can be fantastic you should know what chances you are taking when you undergo liposuction surgery. Surgery in general brings about the risk of all sorts of complications. It is your job to assess those risks based on whether you are a good candidate for the specific surgery and whether the risk is worth the results you seek.

Many people choose liposuction to improve their appearance, and are quite happy with the results. Others do not consider liposuction because they feel that the liposuction risk out weighs the possible benefits. In order to make your own personal decision, you must first learn all about liposuction risk. How likely the complications are and what they are? Is Death a Possibility?

Liposuction risk comes in a variety of forms—so many; in fact, that a lot of people don’t consider having the procedure because they are afraid of the possible complications. The risk of infection is a major scare and some doctors prescribe antibiotics right out of the gate. You should keep the wound or wounds clean, but even if you do, you could still get an infection from the surgery. These infections can be serious or life threatening. Necrotizing fascitis or toxic shock syndrome are 2 scary examples of some serious infections that can occur as a result of liposuction.

Some patients experience increased sensitivity to pain in the area that was operated on, or numbness in the area. These changes in sensitivity can, in some cases, be permanent. If a fluid imbalance occurs after the surgery, it can lead to heart problems, excess fluid collecting in the lungs, or kidney problems.
Is Death Possible?

Another liposuction risk is embolism, which can occur when fat is loosened and enters the blood through broken blood vessels during liposuction. This can cause permanent disability or even be fatal in certain cases. Another possible liposuction risk is for the doctor to puncture or damage internal organs during liposuction, which can be fatal as well. Many people also experience serious complications from the use of anesthesia. Death is possible during or after a liposuction procedure, some estimates range anywhere from 3 to 100 deaths per 100,000 procedures. There isn’t one definitive source for these statistics so it is hard to know exactly how many deaths occur as a result of liposuction.

After factoring in all the pros and cons and the possible complications you need to determine whether the liposuction risk is worth it. Keep in mind that many of the risks discussed can happen with any surgery. The key here is to understand that this is usually an elective surgery which means you choose to undergo it you don’t have to undergo it. With that in mind the burden falls on you to be an educated consumer.

3 Responses to “Liposuction Risk Calculating the Odds”

  1. brenda says:

    I had my frist lipo 2000, thighs. then abs stomach flanks, last in 2002. I had several touch ups in the thigh area and in the flanks.

    In 2007 i’am still having pain. I have had injections with know releif pain pills trigger point and on and on. I exericise . And now i just take asprin or some other over the counter pain releiver. I beleive i had to much done to the same areas. And the pain is here to stay. Any help out there?

  2. Mystique says:

    Hello Brenda,

    I am sorry that you have had a bad experience. I responded to a similar comment on another post and will be following up with a post concerning resources for when “cosmetic surgery goes wrong” hopefully this week.

    There are many factors that may have contributed to your bad experience as can be seen in articles throughout this site.

    I will update this comment with the post to the resources.

    I added the post

    Hopefully it helps…

  3. NICO says:

    I am planning to have lipo for the chin area, how dangerous is this procedure? my other question is if the fat from that area is removed “fatcells” will the fat come back to the same area?

    Thank you

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