How Safe is Liposculpture for Patient with Chronic Illness?

Is Liposculpture safe for people with diabetes and hypertension?

Doctor Answers 11

Safety of liposuction with chronic illness

Make no mistake about it - liposuction is real surgery not just a little cosmetic procedure. As such, you should have your health and medical condition evaluated by your doctor before putting yourself in harms way. Given your health conditions, I will venture to say that the quality of result you would get from liposuction (aka liposcuplture) wouldn't be worth the risk.

Additionally, you have asked a second question regarding HIV and liposuction. My cautionary answer seems even more appropriate under these circumstances.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Medical Clearance Is needed for Liposculpture

Liposculpture is a serious medical procedure that requires the patient be in good health. If your diabetes and hypertension are under control, as verified by your primary physician, you may be a candidate. Once you obtain medical clearance, you can consult with a board-certified dermatologist to find out if liposculpture is a safe and beneficial procedure for you.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
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How Safe is Liposculpture for Patient with Chronic Illness?

-- Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift!

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertension, as long as it is well-controlled, is not generally a contraindication to lipo.

People with diabetes may be at a higher risk for complications and may heal more slowly than completely healthy people. Hypertension, as long as it is well-controlled, is not generally a contraindication to lipo. I would advise getting clearance from your primary doctor before considering liposculpture. If your doctor clears you for the procedure, make sure to visit an experienced and skilled board-certified dermatologist and disclose your entire medical history to them so that they can proceed with all due caution. 

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Do not recommend elective cosmetic surgery in patients with Chronic Illness

The trauma of a procedure such as liposuction can certainly lead to decompensation of the delicate balance that your pcp has been able to establish over many years


Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Safety of Liposuction Surgery

Thank you for your question.  I think it is very important that you meet with a board certified plastic surgeon who performs the procedure in a very safe setting and also would suggest that you get "medical clearance" from your primary care doctor (who probably knows you and your history of diabetes and HTN better than anyone).  A clearance from your doctor would let your plastic surgeon know that things are under control and proceeding with elective surgery has been cleared.  Diabetes can complicate healing time so it is in your best interest to be well informed prior to proceeding with surgery.  Best Wishes!


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Is liposculpture safe for patients with chronic illness

All patients with chronic illness heal more slowly than normal. However, if a patient is compensated or in remission under a doctor's care and there is no direct contraindication, then liposculpture should be safe. Also, since liposculpture can be performed with patients awake the risks of sedation can be eliminated.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Use caution when performing liposuction on patients with diabetes and hypertension

As you know there are many different types of diabetics and many different types of hypertension. Diabetes can complicate the wound healing process and may prevent you from obtaining the optimal results. Hypertension, as long as it is well-controlled will not prevent you from receiving liposuction safely

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture for patient with chronic illness

Liposuclpture aka VASER liposuction (UAL) is a real operation with real risks AND benefits. We always consider the patient's disclosed medical history before recommending any cosmetic procedure.

Diabetics have a higher rate of complications with a lot of operations involving skin undermining (such as tummy tucks, liposuction etc) BUT this is not the case with people whose blood pressure is elevated BUT controlled with medications.

Your Internist and Plastic surgeon should review your case and suitability for cosmetic surgery.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture and co-morbid diseases or conditions

This most likely depends on the extent of the liposculpture performed and the severity of the medical conditions.

In all likelihood, these procedures could be performed or at least modified (perhaps by breaking them into stages) to lessen the riks.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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