20 June 2011

Liposuction Issues: Understanding the Minor and Severe Complications

Liposuction procedure

It was a sad death for a woman who intend to surprise her husband with a slimmer body, when her liposuction procedure gone fatal. Kosmo Online reported that Faridah Sahari left home for liposuction procedure in local clinic last December. 20 minutes after given anesthesia, she suddenly convulsed before died.

Liposuction is a very popular cosmetic procedures. In this procedure, surgeons use a thin tube to suck fat out of localized deposits, from jiggly bellies to saddlebag thighs. It is basically not a weight loss procedure. The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of the body.

Liposuction is not without risk, just like any other surgery. Post-liposuction syncope (fainting) the next morning at home, especially after urinating is not rare. This can be serious if the patient falls and experiences a head or neck. Visit Liposuction.com for further information. Below are the most common complication could happen on liposuction procedure.

Common and Minor Complications
  • Superficial irregularities of the skin
  • seromas, hematomas, focal skin necrosis
  • allergic reactions to drugs
  • visible or disfiguring scars
  • discoloration of the skin
  • fainting during or after surgery
  • temporary bruising
  • numbness or nerve injury
  • temporary adverse drug reaction

Rare and Severe Complications
  • problems with anesthesia
  • blood clots in the leg or lung
  • injury to the abdominal organs
  • excessive intravenous fluids
  • excessive blood loss
  • excessive loss of body heat (hypothermia)
  • infections
  • allergic drug reactions
  • aspiration pneumonia (most likely under general anesthesia)
  • cardiac arrest
  • potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias
  • permanent nerve damage
  • brain damage due to lack of oxygen under general anesthesia
  • seizures

Risks of Local Anesthesia
Lidocaine is the safest of local anesthetics available for liposuction. At lidocaine concentrations in the blood exceeding 6 milligrams/liter, patients might experience some toxicity. Blood concentrations of lidocaine in excess of 12 milligrams/liter can produce serious cardiac toxicity. The maximum recommended dosage of lidocaine for tumescent liposuction is 50 mg/kg (50 milligrams/kilogram of patient weight).

The most extraordinary aspect of the tumescent technique is its unprecedented safety record when used as directed. Most liposuction surgeons know that it can be dangerous to give a patient a dosage of tumescent lidocaine that exceeds 50 mg/kg.

All liposuction-related deaths have been associated with either the use of general anesthesia, or IV sedation, or lidocaine doses in far in excess of 75 mg/kg. The tumescent technique is dangerous in the hands of surgeons or anesthesiologists who have not had specific training in the technique. There has never been a reported death associated with tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia.

Risks of General Anesthesia
General anesthesia for liposuction can be considered safe when
  • the general anesthesia is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist
  • liposuction is not performed with other unrelated surgical procedures
  • there is no excessive liposuction.
The risks of general anesthesia include
  • human error
  • unsuspected inherited hypersensitivity to anesthetic drugs
  • accidental overdose of anesthesia
  • any undetected airway disconnection or airway blockage.

The most dangerous aspects of general anesthesia are respiratory depression and impairment of protective airway reflexes. General anesthesia, which increases the risk of vomiting and impairs protective airway reflexes, can cause aspiration of stomach contents. Because general anesthesia impairs the ability to breathe, when a complication does occur it can lead to disaster.

Preventing Liposuction Complications
Liposuction by general anesthesia can be considered safe, however, liposuction totally by local anesthesia is safer. Preventing complications should be the most important concern of both patients and liposuction surgeons.

Surgeons can reduce the risk of liposuction complications by proper selection of patients.
1) avoid patients who have unrealistic medical expectations
2) avoid patients who have a history of significant medical problems.

Patients can reduce the risk of complications by
1) resisting the temptation to save time by attempting to do multiple unrelated surgical procedures along with liposuction
2) resisting the temptation to maximize the volume of fat removed on a single day. It is much safer to divide one very large liposuction procedure into two or more separate procedures done on separate days.

Non-invasive liposuction performed by Dr. George Solomon at Ageless MediSpa

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  1. Very well said. This site provides people with necessary information needed for people to make a wise decision about liposuction. A smart move of finding the right surgeon that is not only skilled in this field but also understands what you are going through will give a great result.

  2. Liposuction surgery is a very popular cosmetic surgery. In this process, surgeons suck fat out of thin tubes localized deposits, are not stable in the stomach saddlebag thighs. Lidocaine is the safest liposuction can be used local anesthetic.


  3. If you choose a skilled cosmetic surgeon, you'll surely reduce the risk of liposuction complications. A Montreal liposuction procedure will help you remove fatty tissue permanently. By the way, very informative post about liposuction! thanks for the sharing!

  4. Tumescent liposuction is more effective, safer, less painful and has a quicker recovery time than traditional liposuction.

  5. Thanks to giving suggestion Smita, But really it safe? I want to do this for my wife. If u have any kind suggestion about Liposuction Surgery then plz tell. We look Liposuction Dubai for that because I read they doing well and professions Sergent's for this.

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