Liposuction Risks - What are the possible risks associated with Liposuction?
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Excess in overweight it is the principal
second caution it is the patient would not beeing taking pro or anti bleeding products like aspirin vitamine "E" antipregnant tabs, gel, pads, etc
third caution it is to prevent thrombosis by utilization of intermintent external air legs pressure
4th caution it must be to realize a autologus blood transfution and prepare it since at least 3 days before the surgery
Liposuction and Risks
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Liposuction is one of the most common and safest medical procedures. I suppose the most common risk is not reaching the patient's expectations or having an aesthetically poor outcome. The need, at times, to do revision surgery is real. The need for possible future surgery is certainly a risk.
In terms of serious complications, there are several. Most of them are very rare. The following are serious complications that have the potential to be deadly: infections such as necrotizing fasciitis, bleeding, injury to other organs such as the intestines, lung or heart, blood or fat clots that can lodge in your lungs, heart attacks, strokes and complications from anesthesia.
Today is the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake that devastated Indonesia and several other countries. It's important to comprehend the rate of a certain risk.
Out of well over 1,000 liposuction cases, I have had one serious complication. That patient developed an infection and needed to be hospitalized. She eventually did well. My personal revision rate is around 10%. I have a low threshold of doing revision surgery if my patient and I both feel there is room for improvement. To me, that feels like a comfortable number. If I did fewer revisions, I would probably be denying my patients the very best results. If I had more revisions, then I should wonder why I'm seeing less-than-perfect results. By the way, most liposuctions revisions are minor touchups done in an office setting.
I don't believe myself to be an expert in analyzing of the statistics of all the specific risks of liposuction, and as such, I cannot give specific statements about rates of infections or giving a comprehensive list of all complications.
I believe liposuction to be one of the safest procedures I preform. I have had it myself, and I did just fine.
Hope that helped.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
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