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Liposuction – What can go Wrong

There are many studies around that show that, without a doubt, excess fat in the abdomen can cause serious health problems such as Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol, among others. With the increase in sedentary lifestyles and decreasingly healthy eating habits, obesity in the United States has skyrocketed. As people become heavier, they start to search for the easiest and quickest way to lose some of that weight. For people who have tried diet and exercise and just cannot lose weight, one very popular method is Liposuction.

Liposuction is a procedure aimed at removing fat using suction. A hollow tube is inserted through incisions in a patient’s skin until it reaches the subcutaneous layer of fat. The tube (called a cannula) is moved back and forth in a specific pattern until all the desired amount of fat has been removed.

While Liposuction is without a doubt a quick way to lose weight, it is important to remember that it is surgery, and there are risks to the procedure as any other surgical procedure. As the beginning of a two part series, we’ll first find out what can go wrong with Liposuction and then find out how to fix it if it does.

Here are some common side effects of Liposuction:

Pigmentation – occasionally skin may be damaged during the procedure. This can be caused by unusually sensitive skin or by suctioning fat from too shallow a section. While pigmentation often fades naturally within six months, there are some cases that require treatment to fade the discoloration.

Uneven Skin – if fat removal is done unevenly or too aggressively, or if your Liposuction technician is inexperienced, your skin’s profile may not be even and smooth. You may notice hollow, indented areas surrounded by “hills” of remaining fat. This is usually caused by too random fat removal, or too much fat being removed from certain areas. It is critical that the person performing the procedure properly map out the areas prior to the surgery.

This can also happen when there has been too little fat removed. If the person performing the Liposuction is too cautious, he or she may not remove enough of the fatty layer. This will result in the same uneven mottling of the underlying skin and fat layers.

Asymmetry – every once in a while, improper fat removal will not only cause uneven skin, but an uneven silhouette, as well. Most often a problem in arms and legs, asymmetry occurs when areas that may be physically removed from each other don’t match as perfectly as they should. These areas require an artist’s eye and an expert’s knowledge to make sure your Liposuction results are pleasingly symmetric.

These are just a few of the complications that can be caused by Liposuction. The majority of problems are caused by error and poor planning on the part of the person performing the procedure. That is why checking references and technician experience before any procedure is critical.

If you have had any of these or other complications, part two of our blog series will cover how to correct some of the issues caused by Liposuction gone wrong. We’ll explain the technology available and how easy (or how difficult) repairing the damage will likely be.

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