What are the risks of liposuction?

Complications and side effects are rare. Thousands of people each year have this surgery and do not suffer any after effects. However, there are always risks with surgery and you need to be aware of these before going ahead.

There are risks with anaesthetic, wound infection, excessive bleeding and a bad reaction to medication. Other complications include:

  • Oedema (swelling)
  • Dizziness – following loss of fluids during surgery.
  • Embolism – this is where a fat deposit can enter the bloodstream as a result of broken blood vessels during surgery.
  • Change in sensation at the liposuction sites.
  • Skin dimpling, waxiness or laxity. The skin loses some elasticity as a result of the removal of large amounts of fat. This tends to be more of an issue for older patients.
  • Asymmetry – uneven appearance due to the removal of fat from one side more than the other.
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Thrombosis – blood clotting in the lower leg.
  • Nerve compression
  • Haematoma

If you do experience any of these then contact your surgeon as soon as possible.

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