Many men and women see liposuction as a dream come true. Liposuction is the removal of unwanted lumps, bulges, and specific areas of excess fat using thin suction tubes placed into the targeted fat areas through small incisions. A vacuum is applied through a hose attached to the thin suctions tubes. This process removes the unwanted fat targeted areas of the body. Liposuction is not typically intended as a weight-loss technique.
The most common use of liposuction is commonly used to remove obstinate, diet- and exercise-resistant fat deposits and to sculpt the body into a slimmer profile. Resistant fat deposits are in most cases an inherited problem. Using liposuction should not be seen as the only solution to a failed diet.
Currently, there are many types of liposuction and also alot information about liposuction available. As are all liposuction patients different, so also are there many different forms of liposuction. Many different tools can be used to perform liposuction surgery. In addition, there are many different methods used to calm or relax the patient during surgery. As different methods are discovered, the more unique each liposuction becomes.
The majority of patients are pleased with the outcome of their liposuction surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. Because of the risks, it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of liposuctionsurgery. You need to be aware of these risks, and you should also weigh the risks and benefits before making a decision. Consider the following complications of Liposuctions:
- Infections may happen after any surgery and may occur after liposuction. Keep the wound(s) clean and prevent liposuctioninfection from occurring with antibiotics.
- Embolism may occur when fat is loosened and enters the blood through blood vessels that can be ruptured during liposuction. These pieces of fat can get trapped in the blood, accumulate in the lungs, and even travel to the brain. Fat emboli may cause permanent disability or, in some cases, be fatal.
- Visceral Perforationsor puncture wounds in the organs can occur during liposuction because the physician is unable to see where the thin suction tube or probe is located. It is possible to puncture or damage internal organs during liposuction.
- After liposuction, there may be a pooling of serum called seroma, the yellow colored liquid from your blood, in areas where tissue has been removed.
- You may experience "paresthesias" (nerve compression and changes in sensation) which is an altered sensation at the site of the liposuction.
- Swelling may occur after liposuction. In some cases, swelling may persist for weeks or months after liposuction.
- The skin above the liposuction site may become necrotic or "die", which is called skin necrosis or skin death.
- During ultrasound assisted liposuction, the ultrasound probe may become very hot and can cause burns.
- Fat tissue, which contains a lot of liquid, is removed during liposuction. Also, physicians may inject large amounts of fluids during liposuction. This may result in a fluid imbalance.
- Lidocaine, a drug that numbs the skin, is frequently used as a local anesthetic during liposuction. Large volumes of liquid with lidocaine may be injected during liposuction. This may result in very high doses of lidocaine. The signs of this are lightheadedness, restlessness, drowsiness, tinnitis (a ringing in the ears), slurred speech, metallic taste in the mouth, numbness of the lips and tongue, shivering, muscle twitching and convulsions. Lidocaine toxicity may cause the heart to stop.
It is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure and that there may be serious complications, including death.