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While you may think liposuction is a great way to get rid of those pesky fat deposits around your body. Surely, all they do is suck fat out of your body? Yes, that is what happens – but have you thought about the Liposuction side effects, and possible consequences?
Firstly, within recent years – liposuction has become incredibly safe, compared to how it was in the past. This means the chance of any consequences or Lipo side effects occurring is incredibly slim. However, you need to be prepared for the worst.
Also, liposuction is not a replacement for a good diet and plenty of exercise. Liposuction is designed to get rid of fat deposits that haven’t disappeared after a good diet and exercise. Therefore, for liposuction to be effective, you have to be in good shape and healthy. Otherwise, the surgery may refuse to operate on you.
Let’s get straight into it, what are the side effects ?
Recovery – While this may not exactly be a liposuction side effect, you need to be aware that the results will not be instantaneous. You will need to let your body heal, and respond to the treatment.
This can take between a couple of days, to months depending on the body area treated. To recover effectively you need to wrap the treated area up tight for the first few weeks, such as compression clothing.
Swelling – Swelling is common, and will begin to retreat slowly after the treatment. However, if the treatment area is large, this can take a long time to disappear.
Skin – The skin around the area may become extremely loose at first, as the fat beneath it has gone. This will slowly tighten up over time, so there is no need to worry. This can take as long as eight months, so be patient.
Infection – This is extremely rare with today’s medical practises, however you need to be fully aware of all risks that could occur, regardless of how common or rare they are.
Healing – The healing time can be extremely long in some patients, so be prepared that it can take up to a year for some areas to heal properly. This isn’t a one night procedure, or a quick way to get a summer body – it requires a lot of effort, and time before you will see the results.
Allergies – You may also be allergic to any medication or anaesthesia that the surgery uses, therefore it is best to be fully prepared and know about all of your allergies before even enquiring about treatment. After all, an allergic reaction can result in death depending on the severity.
Clotting – Clotting can occur, this can either be fat or blood. This can be extremely dangerous, causing high blood pressure and they can move to the lungs. Once a clot is in the lungs, this can result in death.
Fluid Loss – Fluids can be lost in excess after liposuction. While this is only moderately serious, it is best to keep an eye on your body throughout the full process including recovery. Fluid loss can lead to shock and even death.
Fluids – Fluids can even build up in the body, and this has to be drained immediately or this can also cause nasty medical problems.
Scarring – This is quite common, as with any medical procedure. Any scarring that occurs is usually only minor, however you need to be fully aware of this risk.
Numbness – Your skin may become numb for a few hours after the procedure, however this will subside fairly quickly.
Pigmentation – Your skin may change pigmentation, this is usually only temporary. However, this can be permanent in some cases. Make sure you fully understand this side effect of liposuction before going for any treatment.
Damage – During liposuction, damage can be cause to the skin or nerves. This can drastically effect the way you live your life, so make sure you are fully aware.
Organs – Damage to organs is extremely rare within the liposuction industry, however it can still occur. This is usually when a complication, or accident occurs during the beginning of the procedure. However, this can even be something as serious as a punctured lung. You shouldn’t worry about this risk too much as it is extremely rare, and is usually just an accident during the procedure.
Bruising – Bruising can also occur, however all bruises should disappear after around a month. However, it is best to make sure you aren’t working straight after liposuction. This is because in rare cases, any bruising can be quite large and tender.
Excessive liposuction can cause some pretty nasty side effects. It is best to wait until your body has fully recovered from the first liposuction treatment before going for anymore, as otherwise you may get lumpy skin, or saggy skin.
However, it may not be possible to wait until your body has fully recovered before going again. This is usually if you are having an extremely large area treated, as this can take multiple sessions.
It is best to schedule these sessions at least three days apart, as this allows your body to get the vital recovery process completed. This also makes it more comfortable for you, as any pain will have mostly subsided by then.
How can I minimize any Liposuction side effects?
It is relatively easy to avoid the majority of side effects. Firstly, you should always make sure that you let your doctor know about your full medical past. This is because any medication they give you could cause complications with any other medication you are taking, therefore they need to know everything.
You also need to make sure you are in good shape. Liposuction is not an easy route to getting a great body, as using it for this can be extremely dangerous. Liposuction is designed to get rid of fat deposits within a specific area of the body that cannot be removed via exercise.
Last but not least ,you should also abstain from smoking for around two weeks before the treatment.