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Liposuction Risks and Complications

liposuction risks

Before you decide to get liposuction, it is important you understand the risks and complications that are associated with the procedure. You can consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks when deciding to undergo the surgery or not.

Please note that there are risks related to any medical procedure, and their chance of occurrence can be significantly reduced when an experienced and knowledgeable  board certified plastic surgeon is selected to perform your surgery.

The following is a list of some of the risks related to liposuction:

Swelling
This is a common side effect of surgery. Generally, any swelling that occurs following liposuction subsides. This could take weeks to months. Swelling may be controlled by the compression garment you'll be asked to wear during your recovery.

Bruising
This is another common side effect of surgery that subsides with time. Bruising if more intense when patients have issues with bleeding or regularly take aspirin and other such anti-inflammatory medications.

Infection
It is important to follow Dr. Brown's post-care instructions regarding the cleaning of your incisions and proper hygiene practices.  You may also be prescribed antibiotics.

Seromas and Hematomas
These are collections of fluid that form in areas of your body following surgery.  A sematoma involves fluid that is clear while a hematoma refers to fluid that contains blood.

Burns
This is a risk when the liposuction technique applied involves laser or ultrasonic energy.

Changes in Sensation
Sometimes, numbness or increased sensitivity in the treated area can occur following surgery. This is generally temporary, but can be permanent.

Irregular Scarring
Incisions should fade into a faint, silvery scar with proper care. However, patients with a history of irregular scarring should talk to Dr. Brown to find out additional methods to help healing.

Damage to Internal Organs
A cannula is used to suction out the unwanted fat in a targeted area.  There is a risk that the cannula can damage an internal organ. To correct this, surgery is necessary.

Embolism
If blood vessels are ruptured during surgery, fat can enter your blood stream. This fat can cause a blockage or travel to your lungs or brain, causing serious health implications.

Undesirable Results
There is a chance that too little or too much may be removed during surgery. The surface of the treated area may also be left uneven. To minimize this risk, be frank and open about your expectations so that Dr. Brown can better understand what you'd like to achieve.

Risks Related to Anaesthesia
This includes toxicity, infection and heart attack.

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Memberships and Qualifications held by Dr. Stephen Brown

Dr. Stephen Brown is affiliated with a number of prominent professional organizations. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as a member in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where he also serves as an Expert Witness. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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