i told my friend i want lipo and she said that was the reason our friend died at the age of 29. she had a blood clot and that is the main side affect of lipo. what can you tell me about this? she was overweight maybe by 50lbs, no other known health issues. Thank you.
Lipo Serious Risk to Your Life?
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Liposuction is a very safe procedure
liposuction is a safe procedure especially when done under local anesthesia for people who are within their normal body weight range. it is not a treatment for obesity. it is not intended for weight loss. tumescent liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and patients are not only awake they are fully mobile as well. which practically reduces the risks of blood clots to essentially zero but the down side is one can only remove <5 liters of fat in one setting. traditional liposuction is performed under general anesthesia and one can suction larger amounts >5 liters. if you wish to get liposuction done u should have a detailed discussion with your surgeon (plastic or cosmetic) and make sure u discuss your concerns in great depths
Liposuction is safe if done right
Liposuction is a very safe operation but there are some important guidelines to keep in mind. First, realize that liposuction is surgery so the expertise of the surgeon is important, and the accreditation of the facility where it is done is also important. The second thing is to realize that it is not a weight loss procedure but body contouring, so there is a safe limit of how much fat can be removed. Do not be swayed by claims that laser lipo is safer because it is done without general anesthesia; any form of liposuction can be done with or without general anesthesia, and doing too much under local risks lidocaine toxicity. Blood clots are extremely rare - you are probably more likely to be in a car accident on the way to the facility.
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