Is Liposuction safe?

Liposuction is considered a relatively safe procedure, particularly Vaser lipo which uses ultrasound energy to emulsify the fat cells and is performed under a local anaesthetic. However, every cosmetic surgery procedure carries some risk of potential complications, and it is essential that you are well informed about the risks as well as the benefits before you make the decision to proceed.

What are common liposuction risks?

Side effects of liposuction are usually minor, but there are some more serious potential complications that you must be aware of.

Common side effects:

  • Bruising at the incision sites
  • Swelling of the area which can last for many months
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Fluid coming from the incisions
  • Swollen ankles (if legs or ankles are treated)
  • Temporary numbness that should disappear in six to eight weeks
  • Scarring, although the incisions are small and usually placed where they will be well hidden

Rare risks from liposuction:

  • Skin infection at the incision sites
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Persistent or even permanent numbness of the treatment area
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Asymmetry or irregular contours
  • Embolism
  • Damage to internal organs

As liposuction removes underlying fat cells but the skin is not being tightened that loose, lax skin can be an issue after surgery. However, Dr Mooz will carefully assess your skin laxity during your consultation and will advise you on what you can expect.

How can I reduce the risks of liposuction?

First and foremost, it is important you choose an experienced and expert plastic surgeon that has the relevant training. Dr Mooz will also advise you to quit smoking and nicotine products prior to surgery as this can affect your circulation and slow down healing. You will also be advised to wear a compression garment during the recovery period to control swelling.

For more advice on lipo risks or about the recovery period after liposuction, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.