Liposuction Side Effects: What Patients Can Expect as They Heal

Sep 30, 2014 @ 01:18 PM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Liposuction | Body Contouring | Side Effects

A woman shows off her trim and slim bodyThere are many different ways that Dr. Craig Foster can help you look your very best. One of these options is liposuction. Liposuction involves excess fat being removed from your body using safe surgical suction. When performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Foster in Manhattan, liposuction is a very safe options for advanced body contouring.

While liposuction is a fairly common and safe procedure, there are potential side effects of which patients need to be aware. Let's cover some of the basics with regard to surgical side effects right now so you understand what to expect.

Note: Side Effects and Complications Are Not the Same Thing

While many people conflate side effects and complications, these are actually two separate issues. The distinction is important. Side effects are part of the natural healing process and are to be expected. Complications, on the other hand, are serious medical issues that people should not experience as they heal.

Should you notice any acute pain or discomfort following surgery or any other issue that seems amiss, it's important that you speak with your surgeon as soon as possible so the matter can be addressed in a timely fashion.

Swelling and Bruising

Swelling and bruising around the treated areas are common. These will tend to be the most noticeable in the first week after your surgery, diminishing with the weeks ahead as healing continues.

Numbness and Tingling

In some cases, numbness can also occur in the treated area immediately after liposuction. Tingling may occur as well. These will resolve in the weeks and months ahead as healing continues.

Loose Skin

Loose skin may also occur in the treated area immediately after surgery. In most patients, this resolves itself after a few months.

Skin Discoloration In Treatment Area

In rare cases, discoloration of the skin around the treatment area may occur. If this occurs, this discoloration is a permanent condition; however, this in no way is at all life threatening and is simply a cosmetic condition.

Potential Complications Following Liposuction

Liposuction, as previously mentioned, is typically a very safe procedure. Although many of the following complications are unlikely, here are a few additional complications of liposuction to keep in mind. Please note that these conditions need to be treated immediately.

  • Some patients report infection around the treatment site. These can often be treated with antibiotics and are not nearly as serious as some of the other conditions listed.
  • In rare cases, you may experience nerve damage in the treatment area. This sometimes occurs due to the heat used during the procedure to extract the excess fat from the treatment area.
  • In extremely rare circumstances, you may experience excessive blood and fluid loss due to complications of liposuction. This may also lead to shock.

If you have a history of heart problems or blood clotting, your doctor will not advise you to have liposuction. Additionally, doctors will not perform liposuction on anyone who is in the middle of a pregnancy.

Learn More About Advanced Body Contouring

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for advanced body sculpting and contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to your visit and helping unlock that trimmer, fitter, and more beautiful you.