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Is Liposuction Safe?

Posted May 18, 2023 in Choosing A Surgeon, Liposuction

Liposuction has been a popular cosmetic procedure for many years now. Millions of individuals have had liposuction performed to help them achieve a slimmer and more contoured body shape. But some liposuction candidates hesitate to take the plunge because they worry whether liposuction is dangerous or not.

It’s important to recognize that liposuction is a major surgery, which means that like all surgeries, it carries some risks of side effects or complications. However, in the majority of cases, liposuction is a safe procedure when performed under the hands of an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon.

What are the Risks of Liposuction?

As stated above, liposuction is a major surgery and has some risks and complications. Your surgeon should disclose these to you in full before you undergo the procedure, and you should feel free to ask any questions that you have so that you fully understand the procedure and possibilities. Some of the risks of liposuction include:

  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Bruising
  • Changes in nerve sensation
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels, or other organs
  • Infection
  • Swelling or fluid accumulation
  • Irregularities in the results
  • Rippling in the skin
  • Need for revision surgery

Bear in mind that these risks are rare, and many are temporary. If you have concerns about these or any other complications that you have heard of, please bring them up to your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will want you to feel completely comfortable and confident in your decision to get liposuction.

How Can I Ensure that Liposuction is Safe?

There are several steps you can take to ensure that your liposuction procedure is as safe as possible. First and foremost, you should choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing liposuction. Experience is of course the greatest teacher, and plastic surgeons with more experience are more likely to have the skills and qualifications for a safe and effective procedure. Being “board-certified” indicates that the surgeon has completed essential training and passed comprehensive examinations and scrutiny to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform these procedures. Dr. Andres Taleisnik is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only true certification for plastic surgeons.

Also, you must be willing to discuss in detail your medical history and any underlying health conditions with your surgeon. Certain conditions and medications may affect the safety of the procedure, so it is important that you disclose all that they ask. If you do not, you may be putting your own health at risk.

Lastly, you must carefully follow all preoperative and postoperative liposuction instructions as they have been provided to you. This includes avoiding certain medications, stopping smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. Following your surgeon’s instructions can help reduce the risk of complications and ensure that you have a smooth and successful recovery.

Liposuction can be a safe and effective way to achieve your desired body shape. Although the procedure carries some risks, most patients who have it done by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon experience few complications and are highly satisfied with their results. By taking the time to find a qualified surgeon and following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions, you can ensure that your liposuction procedure is as safe as possible.

Dr. Andres Taleisnik has many years of experience performing liposuction and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only true certification for plastic surgeons. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Taleisnik, call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online today.