I will be getting this surgery done very soon and I just want to know what can go wrong. I know a blood vessel can burst during surgery, an infection and tight garments can cause death. I am asking these question so I can know what I need to pay attention to so, I will not have any problems.
What Causes Patients to Pass Away from Iiposuction? What Can Go Wrong During and After the Surgery?
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Risks in every surgery
There are risks involved in every surgical procedure. Your goal needs to be to minimize risk. Some surgeries such as liposuction have risks not present in other procedures (such as fat emboli where fat can become loose and travel in the bloodstream to cause problems.) Risks of liposuction depend very much on what type of liposuction is being performed, who it is being performed on (medical history and general health,) how much liposuction is being done, is it being done under anesthesia or awake, and multiple other factors. This is a good question, but one that is only best explained by a board certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your health, see your areas of concerns and make recommendations. Be very wary of non plastic surgeons perfoming noninvasive procedures in a non-accredited facility. Many ladies who want "smartlipo" simply are not candidates for this procedure under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia sounds safer than general anesthesia until you critically look at the large volumes of fluid and lidocaine being given often in unmonitored situations. The fact that you are asking questions is an excellent first step. Meet with a plastic surgeon so you can ask many questions about your options and risks. I linked below to a blog entry about a recent death from fat transfer and liposuction in Las Vegas. Good luck!
Lioposuction has the lowest risks of any major plastic surgery procedure, but there are still small risks of such problems as skin damage, bleeding, infection and blood clot. Your best option for avoiding complications is to see a board-certified plastic surgery with impeccable credentials, reputation, experience and results.
If you want to greatly reduce the major risks from liposuction, then don't ever do it under general anesthesia!
Doing liposuction under local tumescent technique is by far the safest way to go for liposuction and usually will allow the doc to stand you up and position you more easily to check the results during the whole procedure which gives better results. Eliminating general anesthesia is one of the best things you can do as well as seeing a doc who specializes in liposuction surgery. Sincerely,
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