Burns from lipo?

I've seen many patients very badly burned lately after lipo. Why is it happening? I am talking about burns happening here in the US not other countries. Is equipment or aggressive lipo. Those burns i've seen them happening from many of the experienced doctors so experience was not the issue. Many of those burns required skin grafting afterwards.

Doctor Answers 7

Burns from liposuction

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This may be incompetence on the part of the person doing the liposuction or use of liposuction equipment that creates heat.

Laser liposuction (e.g. Smart Lipo), ultrasonic liposuction (e.g. Vaser) and radiofrequency liposuction all create heat and all can burn the skin.

In my experience, they are heavily advertised but rarely improve results.

I recommend standard (Wells Johnson) or pulsatile (.e.g Microaire) liposuction for good results and skin safety. Neither create heat that can burn the skin.

Burns from lipo?

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I use tumescent liposuction, and I have never had a burn in thousands and thousands of cases. This is usually related to a heat source associated with the liposuction.

Liposuction results are highly surgeon dependent. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction and liposuction revision procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Burns and Liposuction- here's how it can happen Ask Dr Ellen

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Hello there,

The safest liposuction remains the Tumescent Technique during which a salt water solution is infused into the area to be treated. Blunt tipped instruments are used within the fatty tissue to contour and sculpt the region.

When liposuction is performed with ultrasonic equipment, or some chemicals, there can be an injury to the overlying skin from heat or a chemical reaction. A burn to the skin is possible.

Thanks for asking! Dr Ellen

Ellen A. Mahony, MD
Westport Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Burns with liposuction

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I discuss lipo devices during consultation. There are those that heat the skin and those that do not. I prefer those that do not. I do not find heating helps with skin contraction( as these machines profess), but they can cause burns. I have never seen a burn with traditional lipo.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Burns from lipo?

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Skin and tissue burns from traditional liposuction are not likely to happen. Laser and ultrasound liposuction may cause burns. For more details, see the link below.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Burns of the skin after liposuction are very very rare.

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the use of ultrasound or lasers to assist in liposuction creates thermal damage to the tissues and can result in burns to the skin. This would only result with very aggressive and unnecessarydelivery of energy.

Liposuction safety; expert Plastic Surgery

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Our office employs many types of liposuction treatments and burns have not been rarely encountered; even in patients requiring revision.

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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