What complications may occur from my liposuction procedure?
Surgical complications of liposuction are quite rare. As with any surgical procedure, liposuction is associated with common side effects such as bruising, swelling, and numbness, skin irregularities can also occur but reduced significantly by using smaller cannulas. Drug reactions an occur but can be rapidly reversed. Although cardiac arrest and pulmonary complications can occur, these problems if ever encountered will be managed Dr. Reynolds, as he has been Board Certified in Emergency Medicine since 1985. Other complications such as hematomas (collection of blood under the skin) can occur.
Rare but significant complications can occur with any surgery and include serious infection, narcotizing fasciitis, pulmonary embolism (secondary to blood or fat embolism), fluid imbalance, excessive blood loss, anesthesia complications, perforated viscus, and death.
This information is not intended to frighten you, but rather to enable you to make your decision whether or not to liposuction surgery is for you. Following surgery, you should immediately report any signs of infection, bleeding around the incisions, or anything else that causes you concern.