Is Smart Lipo Safe for Patient on Coumadin?

I had Smart Lipo last year with excellent results. I am really happy with it. However, since then I've lost more weight and now my mons pubis is quite prominent. I am extremely self conscious in everything I wear from jeans to fitted dresses/skirts. I find myself standing in positions that minimize how obvious it is.

I want to use Smartlipo resolve the issue. It wouldn't take much since there can't be more than a few ounces of fat to remove. I've been on Coumadin following double heart valve replacement surgery 7 months ago and I'm wondering what the best approach would be?


Doctor Answers 5

Liposuction on Coumadin

We usually don't do elective cosmetic procedures on patients who are on coumadin for heart valves, especially liposuction. For a physician to even consider this procedure, a medical clearance would be needed.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Smart Lipo not safe for patient on Coumadin

NO! Plus you should have a complete medical clearance prior to any operation if you have medical issues. If your medical doctor will recommend and does clear you than maybe I would do Smart Lipo BUT only in that scenario.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Smart Lipo and Coumadin

Coumadin is a blood thinner and should be stopped before surgery. But, this needs to be discussed with your caridiologist first. They may not want you off the medication. Having liposuction on a blood thinner is contraindicated. You may bleed excessively.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

SmartLipo while on Coumadin would be Quite Dumb

From your history, I take "double heart valve replacement surgery " to mean that two of the valves were replaced. The reason for the Coumadin must be either Atrial fibrillation (with a blood clot on the right side of the heart) OR the use of (longer lasting) mechanical valves which require life long blood thinning.

Coumadin (the generic for Warfarin) is a potent blood thinner which would need to be reversed to a normal bleeding time before any surgery. If it is not reversed, you will start bleeding at the beginning of the operation and not stop - causing either a major hematoma (blood collection) and or death. But - stopping the coumadin may cause clotting of your heart valves.

Before you even think about Any Elective or Cosmetic surgery - check with your Cardiologist and your CV surgeon what they would like you to do.


PS - The SmartLipo technology is outdated; better Laser lipo results are being obtained by Sciton's ProLipo and Palomar's Slim Lipo machines.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Liposuction on Coumadin

I am afraid you are between a rock and a hard place because your valves won't allow you to ever be off Coumadin and it is unsafe to have elective cosmetic surgery on Coumadin. Even the smallest procedure could become very complicated by bleeding and in liposuction you can't stop bleeding with cautery or sutures like you can in open surgery.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

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