Is Liposuction Safe? What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risks

liposuction picture Chasby Sacks MD - LocateADocFor some people stubborn fat cells will just not go away no matter how much they exercise and diet. Stubborn fat often settles in on areas like the chin, neck, hips, stomach, butt, calves, ankles, and other places leaving individuals dissatisfied with efforts to lose weight.

Patients who are sick and tired of the extra fat may consider turning to liposuction as an option. Yet how safe is this procedure? How safe liposuction varies from patient to patient, so it is important to talk to a doctor to get a consultation on your specific situation. Yet, lucky for you liposuction is safer than ever.

“While there are risks associated with liposuction, a trained professional is able to minimize those risks to make the procedure much safer for the patient," Phoenix, AZ cosmetic surgeon Dr. Chasby Sacks, O.D. said. "As well as this, modifications have been made to the liposuction procedure, with new techniques and technology giving rise to methods that are safer and less invasive. One such technique is tumescent liposuction, which is what I perform at my Arizona cosmetic surgery office.”

What Sack is referring to is one of the safest forms of liposuction, tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction allows doctors to go through the procedure without applying general anesthesia to the patient. Whenever general anesthesia is used there is a small risk of fatal complications. In tumescent liposuction, the anesthesia is administered directly to the part of the body where the liposuction is performed. This means patients do not need general anesthesia for the procedure.

There are also two safety innovations in this procedure. One, epinephrine is added to the IV. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels in the targeted area to reduce blood loss, preventing the need for a blood transfusion. The other additive to the IV is lidocaine which numbs the pain and prevents infections.

It is important to know although the risk of serious complications is seriously reduced by tumescent liposuction, it does still have side-effects.

You will experience bruising, discomfort and pain for several days along with bleeding. You should be healed up and back to normal in several weeks when you can enjoy the final results of the liposuction procedure.

To find more information on tumescent liposuction, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation or pose a question to one of our ask a doctor panel of experts.

Further Reading

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • From liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

  • Heidi Montag is no stranger to plastic surgery, having undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day back in 2010. The star has had breast augmentation, liposuction, multiple nose jobs, and several other procedures to become what US Magazine describes as, “an over-the-top version of her”. Montag reportedly won’t be going under the knife again and recently told Celebuzz that, “It was a lot more than I could have expected. I really hate talking about it now because it was so long ago.”