Liposuction Risks & Complications
Liposuction is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the physician is adequately trained. At a minimum, your surgeon should have basic accredited surgical training with special training in body contouring. Also, even though many body-contouring procedures are performed outside the hospital setting, be certain that your surgeon has been granted privileges to perform liposuction at an accredited hospital.
Your doctor must have advanced surgical skills to perform procedures that involve the removal of a large amount of fat (more than 5 litres or 5,000 ccs); ask your doctor about his or her other patients who have had similar procedures and what their results were. Also, more extensive liposuction procedures require attentive after-care. Find out how your plastic surgeons plans to monitor your condition closely after the procedure.
Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are two highly skilled, board-certified specialists in plastic surgery in Canada. Dr. Lista is also board certified in the United States as a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, making him one of only a few plastic surgeons to be board certified in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Ahmad is also board certified in Ireland.
Nevertheless, while a well-trained surgeon and a state-of-the art facility can reduce the risk of complications, there are no guarantees. Though rare, complications can and do occur. Risks increase if a greater number of areas are treated at the same time, or if the operative sites are larger in size. This can increase the chance of infection; delay healing; cause the formation of fat or blood clots that may migrate to the lungs and cause death; excessive fluid loss, which can lead to shock; fluid accumulation that must be drained; friction burns or other damage to the skin or nerves; a perforation injury to the vital organs; and unfavourable drug reactions.
Make sure you discuss the potential risks and complications with your surgeon in detail, especially the particular risks associated with the newer techniques.
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even "baggy," especially in older liposuction patients. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
Please keep in mind that at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we will fix any problem or treat any complication for free. If you have an unsatisfactory result and we think additional surgery will help solve the issue, we will perform the surgery for free.