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Liposuction Complications, Side Effects

What are the Complications in Liposuction

Are the Results Permanent

  • Liposuction surgery result are permanent. There are some complications which client has to face.
  • This procedure sculpts away a number of fat cells would be from a particular region and the remaining fat cells would not be multiplied to take their place.
  • Consequently, once the operation had performed to change the body shape, the proportions remain the same even if there would be weight gained eventually.
  • The result might affected by gaining weight after surgery.  If you do increase weight, you will tend to increase it more uniformly, and not just at the former bulges.
  • With weight gain, the remaining fat cells gets swell, but new fat cells are not created. With weight loss, those remaining fat cells shrink.

Advantages of the tumescent approach

  • It is a day care procedure.
  • Person is fully conscious during procedure avoiding anesthesia .
  • Less blood lost.
  • Very well tolerated by person
  • Intravenous fluid replacement is not necessary.
  • Tumescence magnifies defects; therefore, the likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may be less.
  • The duration of anesthetic effect may last as long as 24 hours. So pain is minimal post operatively.



The area which is treated it may feel a bit  lumpy for one to two week following the operation, as the tissues under the skin are starting to heal. This should not be not concern as it always resolves by six weeks.

Skin Laxity, Waviness or Dimpling

If the skin elasticity is not good or if a large volume of fat is to be removed from one area then there might be some laxity or waviness of the skin. This is most common in older patients.


Depressions or hollows can be occurred. These are different to dimpling to be found with skin laxity. Occasionally, small areas could be over treated, but it is possibility to re-inject fat into these areas after adequate time would be allowed for settling. This would be improved the result, but residual unevenness may persist.


The area treated might feel “numb” when the initial tenderness has been settled down. This is happen because the fine nerve endings of the skin are temporarily bruised, but the feeling usually returns to normal within a few weeks. 


There would be chances of people are rarely symmetrical from side to side. Frequently more fat would be needed to remove from one side compared with the other. However, a degree of asymmetry could be remained after surgery, even with careful pre-operative planning and marking is necessary.


Infection is a rare complication of liposuction. Anti-septic showers has to be taken by person prior to surgery along with operative and post-operative antibiotics would be helped to minimise this problem.

Skin Loss

Skin loss could be very rarely occur, but it is more commonly associated with infection. It is also more likely to occur where the area which fat suck is quite thin. 


The small incisions are hidden as far as possible in the skin creases and fade quickly. However, areas in the groin and lower limb where it would not be possible to “hide” the scars easily would remain blue-purple in colour and noticeable for many months. These will eventually fade.

Pigmentation of the Skin

  • After the bruising has been resolved, slight “staining” or pigmentation of the skin could remain on rare occasions. The main area affected is the inner thighs but
  • Occasionally other areas can be affected. It takes many months for this to fade,
  • But very occasionally it could be remained as a permanent problem.

DVT and PE

  • Deep vein thrombosis means clotting of blood in the large veins of the leg. This
  • It would be a very rare complication of any operation, but would be more common after procedures where there is lengthy immobilization.
  • These include swelling of the leg, tenderness of the calf with redness and local heat.
  • If this problem is left untreated, clots can break off in the large veins and lodge in the lung (pulmonary embolus – PE).