When Liposuction Goes Wrong

We have recently had some comments and questions from 2 people who have had bad experiences with their liposuction. When liposuction goes wrong it can be a very demoralizing experience and in my search to find resources for these individuals I found that there is not that much information out there for folks in this situation. I have compiled some thoughts here that hopefully will be a good starting point. I want to emphasize that I am not a doctor and every case of surgery combined with patient is unique.

One of our readers had liposuction done combined with a tummy tuck. This resulted in ” a big groove on the left side of the upper hip and unevenness all over the lower back and upper hips.” If both of these procedures were done at the same time it sounds as though it may have been too much. This illustrates the reality of liposuction risk.

2 key areas that folks should focus on is understanding the pros and cons of liposuction and what the possible liposuction risks are. Somethings that can help avoid these outcomes is going through a checklist before choosing your liposuction doctor and making sure that you follow your doctor’s post operation instructions exactly. The way you handle your liposuction recovery time one of the big keys for getting the results you want.

Our other reader is dealing with significant amounts of post operative pain around 5 years after multiple surgeries which she concedes may have been too much surgery. Unfortunately pain is a known possible side effect of not only liposuction but surgery in general. I am by no means minimizing the reality of having to deal with this pain though.

So the question here focuses more on what to do when liposuction goes wrong not what could I have done, though that helps the rest of us that are going through the process of evaluating whether to have certain procedures done. Based on the limited amount of information out there on this topic you have to decide whether you are at the point where you want to go through the process of fixing your liposuction defects or whether you want to focus on your health.

In most cases of liposuction defects or liposuction side effects typically you are advised to go back to your original doctor. Though most people’s gut reaction is to blame the doctor many times it is not their fault and they will do their best to help either fix the problem or direct you to the further care that you may need.

There are actually procedures used to fix liposuction defects when liposuction goes wrong and the scars and shape of your body need fixing. By using procedures like liposhifting fat is moved from the hills of the groove to the valleys of the groove or fat is injected into the valleys to get a smoother look. You would need to find a liposuction doctor that specializes in these corrective procedures. Go to Google and type in “liposuction correction specialist” or “liposuction deformity specialist” and you should at least be able to consult with doctors that specialize in these procedures.

With the pain issue if you have exhausted your options with your primary care physician then I would try to find a pain management specialist. provides a search feature for pain clinics for both the United States and internationally.

During or after this research you may consider contacting the state medical board if you feel this is a true issue of malpractice. You can also consult a lawyer to help you walk through your options to make sure you cover all your bases.

I apologize for the long post. I wanted to cover as much as possible. If anyone has any more suggestions or comments for these 2 readers please feel free to comment on this post.

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