The Dangers of Liposuction

May 2, 2016
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Liposuction offers the potential to lose kilograms and sculpt your body to (near) perfection – what’s not intriguing about that?

This is what Liposuction claims to do. But before you go running to your nearest clinic to get it done, make sure you know the full story.

One of the most popular body sculpting treatments in the world, the intention of liposuction is to reduce fat deposits in specific areas and achieve well-proportioned body contours, without the need for lots of downtime. The drawcard for most people is that fat cells are eliminated permanently and the procedure can be targeted to those areas that have resisted all diet and exercise. This is what makes it so highly popular on realself.com, with plenty of positive feedback on the treatment.*

Despite all this positivity around liposuction, however, it is still a surgical procedure and so comes with its fair share of risks.

At Fiori, we are pleased to see that technology is getting better and better, making this treatment safer than it was in the past. But keep in mind, there are still always dangers inherent in invasive body contouring procedures.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction was invented by a French physician named Yves-Gerard Illouz in the 1970s. Essentially the procedure is carried out by inserting cannulas into certain areas, which dislodge and suck out the fat. It is performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on how large the area is. Some of the most popular areas for the treatment to be applied are on the abs, love handles, thighs, arms, back and underneath the chin.

Liposuction was never intended to treat morbid obesity. The best candidates for the procedure are people of normal weight who have areas of fat that resist diet and exercise. The person also needs the firm and elastic skin that can drape the area suctioned.*

What are the risks?
  • Bad bruising or inflammation
  • Thrombophlebitis (blood clot and inflammation of a vein)
  • Contour irregularities; withered, wavy or bumpy skin; or spots on the skin
  • Numbness or nerve irritation
  • Infections and risk of scarring
  • Internal organ punctures
  • Death (related to anaesthesia)
  • Kidney or heart problems
  • Pulmonary embolism or pulmonary edema
  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin burns

Medically qualified and highly trained professionals can usually avoid most of these dangers, however they will still inform you that there is a chance anything could occur. The best way to ensure you will get your desired results is to consult with a few different physicians. Don’t settle for one that you aren’t completely comfortable with, but seek out the best medical professional with lots of good reviews and feedback to perform the liposuction for you.

If invasive procedures just aren’t worth the risk for you, thankfully there are alternatives to liposuction that are non-invasive and therefore carry much less risk.*

CoolSculpting uses highly controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate fat cells permanently, while SculpSure uses heating to achieve the same result. These methods are conducted via applicators on the skin. Results are much the same as liposuction, but without the associated dangers.When it comes to your body and what you want to achieve, the choice is yours. Always get advice and do your research before having any procedure performed, and make sure you are fully informed of all possible risks. The Fiori team can always consult with you to discuss your options and what might work best for you.

When it comes to your body and what you want to achieve, the choice is yours. Always get advice and do your research before having any procedure performed, and make sure you are fully informed of all possible risks. The Fiori team can always consult with you to discuss your options and what might work best for you.

Do your research

Thinking about liposuction? Visit some credible sites and look at some reviews before you take the plunge:

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/liposuction

https://www.realself.com/guide/liposuction-overview-questions-answered#.Vx73syN96Tc