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Side Effects of Liposuction Surgery

By January 12, 2019Cosmetic Surgery

Liposuction surgery is a procedure that removes excess fat from the body. The reasons for this surgery are numerous ranging from health reasons to lack of confidence and self-esteem on how we look. However, like any other surgical procedure, liposuction surgery also has its side effects, and although choosing the right specialist will minimize the side effects, it doesn’t go without saying that different body types react to the procedure differently.

Despite the good feeling you get from liposuction surgery, there is a tendency that you may suffer from one or more side effect if you don’t visit the right specialist or hospital. However, we have come up with a listed of some common side effects that usually occur after the procedure.

Surgical Risk associated with liposuction surgery

Eliminating pockets of fat from a precise location on the body is fine; however, when the procedure involves more than one area on the body, the risk is higher with patients experiencing more than one side effect after the procedure. Some of which are normal as the patient undergoes the healing process while others take longer but either way you do look great after a liposuction surgery procedure.  Below are some side effects.


Bruising is a normal side effect associated with liposuction surgery, but there are different degrees of bruising some of which can really keep you down for a long time. Thermal bruising occurs deep in the tissue and as a result of the heat generated from the ultrasound device that liquefies the fats cells before extraction. The pain is unavoidable even by the doctors or the liposuction procedures.

Bruising does subside after a while, but if the pain persists, patients should see their doctors for a thorough check-up.

Improper Contouring of the body

The one reason why people go under the knife is to have that perfect body figure with contours in the right places. This is usually the outcome 90 percent of the time, but we can’t dictate the outcome especially in large patients or when large fat deposits are removed from the body. These contour irregularities are mostly due to poor skin elasticity and uneven healing making the skin appear wavy, bumpy and withered.

Pulmonary or fat Embolism

This is a rare occurrence; however, as the quantity of fat removed increased with surgery; so did the chances of fat embolism too. In this process, fat travels through the blood vessels into the lungs obstructing circulation resulting in difficulty breathing, disability, and death in severe cases. Patients have also been known to suffer brain damage and lose cognitive ability or death.


Numbness is the first side effect associated with liposuction surgery, but in addition to just experiencing numbness, patients have been known to stay numb for a long period of time, and in rare cases, patients also experience reduced sensitivity in the area where fat was removed.

Furthermore, numbness can also result due to excessive swelling that eventually leads to scarring or darkening of the skin around the area where fat was removed.

Loose and Saggy Skin

Loose and saggy skin after liposuction surgery is a result of the skin not having enough time to shrink back. The skin does contract quickly after a procedure but in some cases because fat is removed from one area at once. The extent to which the skin shrinks also depends on the age of the patient. Older patients experience more saggy skin than younger people. To prevent this from happening, a good doctor will discuss a skin tightening procedure before the surgery.


After every procedure, fluid is normally collected resulted in swelling but is gradually reduced as the liquid sips out through a tube during the healing process. However, due to excessive tissue trauma, over liposuction and aggressive liposuction procedure, the liposuction area gathers serous liquid causing cavity and lymphatic damage. Patients have also been known to suffer from mobility problems due to a large collection of fluid and swelling.

Skin Necrosis

Skin necrosis occurs as a result when the region or area that underwent liposuction surgery starts to die off due to over removal of fat cells or aggressive liposuction technique causing injuries to the injuries in the underlying skin or limitation in the oxygen supply to the region. Although this does occur sometimes; chronic smokers are more at risk of suffering this side effect.

Other side effects resulting from necrosis include infection, clotting in the underlying blood vessel, inflammation and injuries to the blood vessels during the surgical procedure.

Skin Depression

Liposuction surgery is the repeated incision at a single site to remove the fat and because of this process; the skin suffers depression affecting the overall contour of the body. Although this can be avoided by withdrawing the cannula after switching off the suction or applying the criss-cross procedure that can also be a problem when patients demand unachievable procedures causing these side effects. Depressions on the skin can also be caused by over removal of fat cells from a particular area of the body giving it an unnatural look that results in unwanted and unappealing appearance.

Other side effects are the normal pain experienced after surgery; this differs in individuals, but it will normally subside weeks after the procedure. However, in cases where the pain persists, it can be due to overcorrection or fat removal too close to the surface of the skin.  Besides the above, some common side effects are a fluid imbalance, heart and kidney problems, blood loss, under correction, and most times, an unsatisfied patient.

If you don’t have the body you want, liposuction surgery can give it to you. However, to really get the procedure by the liposuction medical specialist, then you should visit for the of both worlds. To truly enjoy the surgery with excellent results, please book a consultation at Premiere Surgical Arts. We will not only guarantee good and certified doctors but a liposuction surgery procedure with minimal side effects.

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