Liposuction Risks

Primary Risks of Liposuction Can Include:


Long healing time

Adverse reactions to anesthesia or medicine

Blood clots

Fat clots

Friction burns

Fluid accumulation

Skin or nerve damage

Damage to vital organs

Decreased skin elasticity


Pigmentation changes

Liposuction was first associated to health complications and serious risks, but new research shows that there is a significant improvement in liposuction safety. Liposuction is now one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. The study found that less than one in 47,000 people undergoing liposuction died. A 1998 liposuction study was compared to the recent liposuction study and showed a vast improvement in safety.

The figures found in the new liposuction study are promising especially considering liposuction has dramatically increased in popularity. One of the study’s author, Dr. Charles Hughes, attributes the lowered death rate to surgeons better educating themselves about liposuction following a 1994- mid-1998 study that showed frightening statistics. The research showed a large decrease in the number of complications as well, dropping fromone in 139 in the 1990s survey to one in 384 presently.

The liposuction complications and risks of the past have been dealt with and many have been eliminated or significantly reduced in number. In the 1990s there was an especially concerning trend that found while the number of death and complications during liposuction was already high it was continuing to increase. New research shows that this trend has been successfully reversed and the increase in the mid-1990s liposuction deaths have been attributed to the sudden increase in liposuction demand that was being performed by surgeons lacking the proper training. To speak with an expert liposuction surgeon CONTACT US .

Plastic surgery societies began to address the high number of liposuction risks and complications, as well as with other plastic surgery procedures, by increasing the education and training for plastic surgeons, as well as reducing the number of risky plastic surgery combination procedures while having a stricter selection of plastic surgery patients.

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