5 Health Risks of Liposuction

Liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure that is used to remove excess fat from the body. While this is a fairly common procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis, there are health risks involved. Despite the fact that these are rare, there are five potential risks and complications that you should be aware of.

  1. Infection

    Although liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, any type of invasive procedure comes with with the risk of infection, as bacteria may be introduced into the body.

  2. Lidocaine Reaction

    A reaction to the substance injected into the body, a lidocaine solution, is rare but it can occur. This reaction may vary from mild to life-threatening. The likelihood of this is increased if multiple or large areas are treated.

  3. Nerve Damage

    Nerve damage is possible during the liposuction procedure. While this is unlikely, it is typically associated with the ultrasound method of liposuction and is thought to be caused by the excess generation of heat.

  4. Fluid Imbalance

    Fluid imbalance is possible anytime a large amount of fluid is introduced into the body. If the excess fluid is not removed, a condition known as pulmonary edema can result. This is when the lungs fill with fluid. Pulmonary edema is treatable, but this is a major health concern.

  5. Organ Puncture

    The puncture of an organ can occur during the liposuction procedure. This is a very rare occurrence, but if it does happen, can result in life-threatening complications such as severe blood loss.