Why do I see some patients with burns after Liposuction procedure?

Doctor Answers 8

It is from either laser lipo or Smartlipo - that is why you need a PS!

Burns should be very uncommon after Smartlipo or Ultrasonic liposuction.
If they occur at all, they should be very small and heal quite easily.

They are two great techniques that i use all the time. however, you need to 
choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon and not 
someone trying to be one.

good luck
david berman md

Sterling Plastic Surgeon
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Avoiding laser liposuctions will help you avoid burns.

Laser liposuctions are the cheapest now due to all the complications from them. Avoid them and avoid general anesthesia and you are then on the right path.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Burns after liposuction

Only when heat is added to liposuction such as with laser liposuction or ultrasonic assisted liposuction could burn happen. Having used both of these modalities for many years, it's extremely uncommon to see a burn result after either when done correctly. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Burns of the skin resulting from liposuction.

I burn of the skin should not really occur with liposuction. It only happens when the procedure it is assisted by a laser or ultrasound which purposely heats the tissues. Overheating can result in a burn.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Burns during liposuction

Thank you for your question - burns during liposuction are uncommon but can occur if a surgeon is using a type of liposuction which has an associated heat source such as laser or ultrasound, and if the cannula is too close to the skin.  It does not occur with traditional liposuction.  This is one of the reasons it is so important to go to a board certified/board eligible plastic surgeon -- liposuction is "easy" to do, but hard to do well.  

Claire Duggal, MD
Annapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Burns after liposuction

Thank you for your liposuction question.

Burns occur during liposuction if a hot machine - laser or ultrasonic - is used

even so in experienced hands burns are uncommon but can occur.
this is one reason that most plastic surgeons use cool techniques

always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Burns after liposuction procedures

It is extremely uncommon to have burns after traditional tumescent liposuction.  In fact, I have never seen it with this technique. However, burns can occur with techniques that use heat energy such as ultrasonic liposuction and laser liposuction. If the tip of the cannula gets too close to the skin or comes in contact with the skin for too long a period of time, this can occur.

Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Schererville Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and burns

Burns are a rare complication from liposuction , more commonly occurring from heating generating devices like laser lipolysis or ultrasonic liposuction.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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