Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures in the plastic surgery world. There is no doubt that there are plenty of benefits when it comes to this procedure. Some of the primary patients for this procedure are mothers (both young and old), who want to get their pre-baby body back. Can you blame them? It’s no secret that women gain weight during pregnancy, and it’s certainly no secret that it is very difficult to get rid of this weight after pregnancy—just ask any mother.
Sometimes, simply going to the gym and eating right isn’t enough to burn off that stubborn fat that stayed with you after having your children. This is where cosmetic procedures such as liposuction come into play. What are the benefits? What are the risks? Let’s explore all of the elements of this procedure.
The main benefit of liposuction is the fact that you are going to have less fat on your body. This means that you will look better, feel better, and have an overall more positive outlook on life. Getting rid of that extra fat can be tricky, and liposuction offers a great solution to the problem. However, there are more benefits than just “looking better”. For example, there are plenty of diseases and illnesses that come with being overweight; liposuction can help eliminate these as a threat and get you back on track with your weight goals. To summarize:
- Loss of fat
- Less stress on your body
- Look better
- Feel better
- Gain confidence
- Minimize disease/complication risks
- More positive outlook on life
There are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure in the world, and any doctor/surgeon that tells you otherwise is simply not being honest with you. Just like with any surgery, there are risks of mistake and error. However, assuming that errors and mistakes don’t occur during your procedure, here are some specific risks associated with liposuction.
- Infections – There is a small chance that some infections (such as skin infections) can take place after the procedure is finished. Infections can occur if the equipment that is being used on you isn’t properly sterilized.
- Allergic Reactions – Of course, chances are that your surgeon will have walked you through all of the risks for an allergic reaction, but there is a small chance that you might be allergic to something and don’t know it yet. If something is used on your body during the procedure that you are allergic to, this can be a risk.
- Bruising – Bruising is common for patients that bleed more than others, or that take more medication than others. Some bruising is to be expected, but some people may experience it worse than others.
- Burns (Skin) – Skin burns have a small chance of occurring if there is a lot of friction during the procedure.
- Inflammation – There have been instances where the swelling can take up to 6 months to fully heal. However, this is rare and is not likely to take so long.
It is important to note that the above risks are rare, but nonetheless they are risks that should be considered.
If you are ready to talk to a specialist about liposuction, contact your local plastic surgeon today!