What are the risks of doing abdominal liposuction under local anesthesia 5 months post op tummy tuck?
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Risks of abdominal liposuction
Liposuction performed on lower abdominal fat after tummy tuck is a very low risk procedure. In general, it can be performed under local anesthesia and light oral sedation. Modern liposuction techniques such as BodyTite, SmartLipo and Vaserlipo allow liquification of fat, coagulation of small blood vessels and enhanced skin contraction to minimize the biggest risk, which is irregularity, indentations or lumps. A thorough discussion of the risk, benefits and recovery with your plastic surgeon is part of the consultation process. There are extremely rare risks such as pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis, fat embolism syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, septicemia and even death.
However, most of these complications for localized small zone liposuction performed, as an outpatient under local anesthesia would be the order of one in several million. There are far greater risks associated with your tummy tuck procedure, which you underwent uneventfully presumably.
It is always wise as a patient to be judicious, educated and concerned but excessive fear over risks is generally not warranted especially for small zone liposuction. The biggest risk of all is suboptimal contours with over-resection, indentation or irregularities. I’m sure your tummy tuck physician has a lot of experience with liposuction and can sit down and review the risks with you.
I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon