Liposuction risks of flanks and inner thighs?

How often do people get a fat emboli with getting liposuction in flanks and inner thighs? Do blood thinners help reduce the risk of a fat embolus too? And is the risk over as soon as surgery is done?

Doctor Answers 3

Embolism in flanks and inner thighs liposuction

Hi and thanks for your question. There are several risk factors for embolism in liposuction such as surgery time more than six hours, more than 5 liters of fat removed, associated diseases, age, not using compression devices in your legs during surgery among others.Embolism in liposuction from lanks and inner thighs should not happen if you are a healthy person. When there is high risk it is present even weeks after the procedure.
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Dr. Milla

Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Risks

Thank you for your question. Fortunately, significant complications from liposuction surgery are infrequent. Liposuction surgery is one of the two most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Most often this surgery is performed without experiencing any major problem. The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis with you when you visit us during your consultation and your preoperative appointment. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures and medical risks. Other risks more specific to liposuction may include indentations and irregularities. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions we provide, both before and after your liposuction surgery. Best of luck!Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman Estates BarringtonOakbrook Chicago

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction does not cause fat embolus.

Liposuction does not cause fat embolus syndrome. There is a risk of pulmonary embolism from clots in the deep veins but this is extremely unlikely if the patient is properly cared for.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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