Complications of Liposuction 2

Patients with a higher body mass index have been found to have a significantly increased risk for developing postoperative seromas. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction has also been associated with a slightly increased risk of seroma formation. Dr. Hughes does NOT use ultrasound-assisted liposuction. A well-fitting compression garment must be worn 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

Simple aspiration is the most common treatment for a seroma. An implantable catheter or drain can be used to avoid repeated aspiration.

Burns have also been associated with ultrasound-assisted liposuction, as the ultrasound cannula can become very hot, and prolonged contact with the skin may result in skin damage. Dr. Hughes does NOT use ultrasound-assisted liposuction.

Infections are uncommon after liposuction, and you will be prescribed perioperative antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection.

The most common postoperative issue of liposuction is contour irregularity. Because contour irregularities may be secondary to postoperative swelling and skin elasticity, they may be treated conservatively for at least 6 months after the initial operation. However, secondary liposuction, fat grafting, and tummy tuck can be considered to address the persistent areas of concern. Nonsurgical treatments for early contour irregularities include manual lymphatic massage and Endermologie. Skin hyperpigmentation may be attributed to several factors. Hemosiderin deposition by ecchymosis, external pressure from bandages applied, and possible friction from the inlet holes of the cannula have been suspected of increasing the likelihood of hyperpigmentation postoperatively. This effect is more often attributed to ultrasound-assisted liposuction.

Patients may experience paresthesias after surgery. Patients have reported hypersensitivity and numbness after surgery that may persist for weeks or months, but these usually resolve.

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