Avoiding Common Complications Related to Liposuction

Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, and today’s innovative techniques and procedures offer promising results a few weeks after treatment. It’s among today’s most sought-after plastic surgery procedures, and continues to be popular for men and women who want to lose a few stubborn pounds. However, many people experience several complications from fat removal surgery. Here are some tips for avoiding the common complications associated with liposuction:

Common Complications Associated with Liposuction

Some of the most common complications associated with liposuction include:
  • Skin irregularities and lumps
  • Nausea
  • Fat embolism
  • Blood clots
  • Slow healing times
  • Excessive bruising
  • Excessive swelling
  • Excessive pain

Ways to Lower Your Risk

In order to avoid skin irregularities, lumps and an uneven texture of the skin after liposuction, you will need to make sure the surgeon uses very fine rods to remove the fat. Different liposuction techniques such as VASER, SmartLipo and traditional liposuction make use of differently-sized cannulas; the smaller the rod, the lower the risk of bumps and unevenness of the skin tissues.
Nausea is a common side effect of going under anesthesia for liposuction, and you may still feel nauseous for several days and weeks after surgery. Your surgeon can prescribe an anti-nausea medication to ensure you are getting enough nutrients.
Fat embolism is a condition when fat enters the bloodstream, and this can cause severe damage to the arteries and the heart. The risk of fat embolism can also be lowered when the surgeon uses a very small rod (3 to 4 mm) to perform the surgery.
Blood clots occur when blood flow becomes constricted after surgery. In order to avoid blood clots, you will need to wear your compression garments on the schedule outlined by your surgeon, and make sure that they are worn as much as possible while healing. Compression garments help to improve blood flow and promote healthy circulation so that the body can heal as quickly as possible. These garments also help to shape and tone the tissues after the fat has been removed.
If you tend to heal slowly, your surgeon may recommend starting a multivitamin and nutritional program a few weeks before surgery. You may also be asked to stop taking certain supplements such as fish oils, because researchers have found that fish oil can slow down the healing of wounds. Some of the top supplements and herbs that are taken prior to surgery include zinc and Vitamin C.
Excessive bruising and excessive swelling are often the result of too much or too little tumescent fluid injected into the treatment area. If the surgeon uses a higher concentration of adrenaline, they may be able to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding, bruising and swelling. Excessive pain can be curtailed with pain medication, and also the use of extra adrenaline during surgery. The surgeon may prescribe you with a muscle relaxant to manage the pain, and you will need to take several days off work in order to heal.
Learn more about liposuction in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon or  board certified plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for fat removal surgery.