Liposuction is an extremely popular procedure for women and men who are having trouble eliminating diet- and exercise-resistant pockets of fat in various regions of the body. When performed by a skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon, this body contouring treatment generally has very few risks and negative side effects. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is still the potential for particular complications to occur, making it important to understand all facets of liposuction before undergoing to treatment.
The most common side effects patients may experience typically include temporary bruising, swelling, soreness, and/or numbness in the targeted area(s), all of which should subside over time. Some individuals may also encounter irritation or “itchiness” as their incision sites heal, but these symptoms should resolve relatively quickly as well. Less common side effects can include uneven skin overtop the treated region(s), changes in the color of skin, and prolonged numbness.
In order to reduce the risk of complications, liposuction should never be performed for men and women who are in poor health and/or have any unmanaged medical conditions, such as heart problems, uncontrolled diabetes, or blood-clotting disorders. Although they are extremely rare, severe and potentially life-threatening issues can occur, especially if the procedure is conducted by an untrained, unqualified, or inexperienced provider. This can also be the case if liposuction is performed in a facility that is not AAAASF-certified and/or suited to handle any problems that may arise.
Ultimately, none of this is to say liposuction is a dangerous procedure that poses many serious risks to one’s well-being. As previously mentioned, when treatment is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who has the proper training and experience, the potential risks and side effects are few and far between.