Liposuction procedure has dramatically evolved over the decades to emerge as the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the country today. Reduced downtime and lower risk are the hallmarks of liposuction with current techniques. However, some degree of risk continues to be associated with liposuction, just like any other surgery.
Risk can be minimized when liposuction is performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon. The patient, on their part, should have the commitment to diligently follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-op instructions. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Nasir provides liposuction to patients in New Haven, Westport, CT and surrounding locations.
If liposuction is performed by a surgeon with a proven track record and dedicated expertise in the field of plastic surgery, the incidence of serious complications will be extremely rare. But the patient should be fully aware of the potential complications in order to make a well-considered choice:
- Bacterial infection occurring during or after the procedure
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Blood clotting
- Accumulation of fluid under the skin
- Excessive bleeding or loss of fluids during fat removal
- Prolonged or permanently altered sensation in the incision areas
- Delayed post-operative healing
- Significantly visible scarring
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Damage to healthy surrounding nerves or tissue
- Damage to internal organs
In exceptionally rare cases, the patient may experience more severe or life threatening complications. These may include cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, internal blood clotting, excessive bleeding, seizures, permanent nerve damage, brain damage from anesthesia, or acute drug interactions.
A fully trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon will be able to avoid such extreme occurrences for healthy and fit candidates for liposuction. They will adopt a conservative approach and follow the latest safety protocols for best outcomes. Dr. Nasir receives patients from New Haven, Westport, CT and nearby areas for liposuction.
Excessive Liposuction Risks
If the surgeon performs excessive liposuction in one day, it will increase the risks. The surgeon should ideally limit the fat removal to less than 10 pounds of fat from a particular area for body contouring. Removing larger amounts of fat, whether from one or more areas, can increase the risk of complications.
Sagging skin, lumps, or dents in the treated areas may occur due to excessive liposuction. If the patient needs more extensive fat reduction, liposuction should be performed in phases, where each phase can be scheduled sufficiently apart from each other.
The patient should clearly disclose all relevant information about their current health, past medical records, current prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements, history of smoking and drinking, and any other lifestyle habits. This will enable the surgeon to determine candidacy correctly and prepare for any anticipated complications.
If the patient has been through a weight loss program recently, their body weight should have stabilized and should be within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight. Tumescent liposuction technique may be used to avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia.
Dr. Nasir is a Cosmetic Surgeon in Fairfield County serving the towns of Westport and Fairfield locally as well as surrounding communities. We also serve patients from all over Connecticut, regionally, including many from New York City, as as well as international patients.