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
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
Staged liposuction after tummy tuck is not a problem if the surgeon has the appropriate experience, skill and training
So many of your questions are about pulmonary and fat embolism that it makes me wonder whether you have a hypercoagulable condition that you aren't reporting to the surgeon. The technical problems associated with liposuction after tummy tuck at 5 months are not really an issue for a surgeon who has the skill, training, and expertise to perform this operation. The scar from the tummy tuck does not pose that much of an additional issue. I always stage my tummy tuck liposuction procedures, either one or the other first depending on the patient's anatomy, goals and expectations. Therefore, it is not uncommon for me to perform liposuction after tummy tuck.
Risks of liposuction as touch up to tummy tuck.
The original tummy tuck procedure has considerably more risk than your subsequent liposuction. Liposuction is generally a very safe procedure in the hands of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. The risk of pulmonary embolism and fat embolism are higher in large volume liposuctions (more than 5 liters of fat removal). For a small area and low volume of fat removal, these risks should be minimal.
Certainly it's a good idea to consider complications of any elective cosmetic procedure. However, fat embolism is extremely rare and I have not seen that ever in 25 years of doing cosmetic liposuction. Waviness of the overlying skin would be the number one complication that I would expect. I recommend you see a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area and discuss these concerns with here or she. Good luck.