Liposuction is a common procedure carried out in the UK and it’s also one of the oldest and most trusted cosmetic surgeries available. However, it doesn’t come without risks and complications.
The way people tend to find out more about cosmetic procedures these days is to research them on the internet. Unfortunately, a lot of patients interested in undergoing liposuction are being presented with very poor quality information online as a recent cosmetic surgery study found.
Liposuction risks and complications are often glossed over
In order to make the best decision of whether liposuction is right for you, it’s important to understand all of the risks and complications involved. However, when you look online, rarely will you come across detailed information on what can go wrong.
This is because a lot of the information provided comes directly from clinics and surgeons who want you to choose them to perform the procedure. As the cosmetic industry is worth billions, a lot of surgeons and clinics are inexperienced and solely in it for the money. Therefore, they don’t want to put off potential patients by telling them everything that can go wrong.
A reliable, experienced and trustworthy surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what to expect and they won’t hold anything back. So what complications and risks do internet sources frequently gloss over?
What are the possible complications of a liposuction procedure?
While the risks and potential complications of liposuction are quite rare, you still need to be aware of them before you undergo the procedure. The main ones to be aware of include:
- Irregular, bumpy results
- Fat embolism
Some of these complications are more serious than others. Irregular, bumpy results are not a danger to the health, but they do look unsightly. Numbness can also be uncomfortable and worrying, but it is usually only temporary.
A fat embolism, on the other hand, can be potentially life-threatening. They occur when sections of fat break off and then become trapped within a blood vessel or travel upwards towards the brain. They can also collect in the lungs. If you do develop a fat embolism, it would be considered a medical emergency, although it is very rare to experience this type of complication.
Understanding and being aware of these potential complications can save your life if they do occur. Therefore, it’s always recommended that you book a consultation with an experienced surgeon and find out everything you can, rather than looking for information online.