More than 300, 000 liposuction procedures are done in the US annually, with prices ranging from about $2,000 to $3,500.
This makes liposuction the number one cosmetic surgery in the US.
Liposuction is often done on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, calves, back, chin, and upper and back of the arm.
So before we discuss the various liposuction side effects, it’s important to understand what the procedure is all about.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that rids the body of excess fat. It’s also known as body contouring, lipoplasty, or simply lipo and it’s one of the most popular plastic surgeries in America.
People have lipo to improve the contours or shape of their body. It helps remove extra fat from such areas as the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, neck, arms, or back.
Often, people who have liposuction have tried exercise and diet and can’t remove fat deposits from these areas.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure as it comes with various side effects and complications, so it’s essential to consult your physician before considering it.
What Are the Possible Liposuction Side Effects?
Liposuction might be a minimally invasive surgical procedure but, as with all surgeries, it does come with some side effects. Some side effects are to be expected, like bruising and swelling, and should go away as the body heals.
Here are some possible side effects of liposuction:
Swelling: Fluid from the surgery drains slowly, so the swelling at the incision point might take a week to go down. It’s a typical part of the healing process.
Bruising: This is another common liposuction side effect but it should be completely resolved within 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
Numbness: Patients may temporarily suffer numbness near the incision site.
Scarring: During liposuction, scarring may occur at incision sites. In most cases, it gradually fades away and is largely unnoticeable.
Skin Irregularities: Skin rippling or bagginess may occur in the early stages of the healing process. These irregularities, however, should subside as the final outcome manifests.
Burning Sensation: Sometimes burning nerve pain may occur for a few weeks after liposuction.
The Long Term Side Effects of Liposuction
The long-term liposuction side effects may vary. Liposuction permanently gets rid of fat deposits from specific body areas.
So, if you pile on pounds, the fat will again be stored in various body parts. The new fat may be stored deeper beneath the skin, and it’s potentially dangerous if it’s stored around the heart or liver.
Some people experience changes in skin sensation and permanent nerve damage. Others may develop indentations or depressions in areas that were treated or may have wavy or bumpy skin that doesn’t fade away.
Liposuction is not right for everyone and it’s no alternative to weight loss. Be sure to consult a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and discuss the possible liposuction side effects and complications before the procedure.
If you have any questions about liposuction or want more information about the same, feel free to contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Fetter, MD, at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center.