||Liposuction Dangers 101
Charlene J. Nuble
One Reality TV show, The Swan, thrives on makeovers. Often
viewed as tantamount to having a new life, a lot of people get
giddy with the thought of undergoing a makeover. Imagine being
surrounded by aesthetics professionals brainstorming on how to
make a deity out of an ugly duckling. Simply incredible, isn't
High on the mirage of the promise of exquisiteness lingers on
mind. It's not until the prick of the needle for shots of
anesthesia brings you back to your senses.
Elusive beauty is the major objective of each makeover. With
this goal in mind, technology gave birth to a way of achieving
what's thought of as currently beautiful in the form of plastic
surgery. Liposuction is considered the most popular procedure in
the United States for several years running. But liposuction is
quite new to the US.
Liposuction was invented in Italy by two gynecologists, Dr.
Gorgio Fischer and his son Dr. Gorgio Fischer, Jr. in 1974.
Through small incisions, they were able to cut away fat tissues
within the body. A rotating scalpel and suctions aided the
procedure. Though not as comparable to today's techniques, Drs.
Fischer still deserve the credit for liposuction.
Also known as lipoplasty and lipectomy, liposuction removes
isolated pockets of fat from the body of those who are of
relatively normal weight. These fat pockets or cellulites could
either result from overeating alone or as an inherited trait
that can't be removed by dieting or exercise.
The liposuction market comes from actors frantic with weight
loss failure or simply just anyone who can afford a
cellulite-free life. Anyone interested with liposuction should
be informed that liposuction, as a surgical procedure, is not
risk free. Before going gaga over losing those pesky flabs,
better consider the following risks and complications that range
from mild to potentially life-threatening.
Skin Sag. Removal of fat tissues in one area of the body at once
may result in loose skin, depending on skin's elasticity.
Stretch marks hint poor skin elasticity. So you might want to
look all over your body for stretch marks first before getting
Uneven curves. Take-two's of this procedure often come from
liposuction patients complaining about lumps and bumps from
their original surgery.
Liposuction Scars. Scars from liposuction are permanent. It is
recommended that to prevent scar tissue from darkening, they
should be kept out of the sun.
Swelling. Depending on the recovery rate and are operated on,
edema or swelling may last for weeks or even months after
liposuction. Fluid pockets may form. They will need to be
drained with a needle.
Infection. Most patients that underwent surgical procedures are
prone to infections. Antibiotics are prescribed to take after
liposuction to prevent infection.
Burns. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction utilizes a probe that may
become very hot and can cause burns.
Organ Damage from Injury. A probe under the skin through a small
incision gives the possibility of puncturing an internal organ.
Fluid Imbalance. During liposuction, large amounts of fluids are
injected while some fluid is removed from the fat tissue. If not
recognized fluid imbalance may result in pulmonary edema, or
heart or kidney dysfunction.
Pulmonary Embolism. Small pieces of fat may crumb off during
liposuction and go to the lungs as pulmonary emboli. This risk
is greatest within the first 3 days.
Lidocaine Overdose. Too much lidocaine injected may result to
Liposuction Deaths. For every 100,000 liposuction performed, the
risk of death is around 3.
These liposuction dangers could be lowered in rate if an expert
surgeon will perform the operation. The health of the patient
would also influence the severity of the risks. Avoiding
multiple procedures, general anesthesia, extracting large amount
of fat could also contribute to a safer liposuction.
About the Author
Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information
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