Liposuction, or simply lipo, is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes excess fat from different parts of the body in order to improve its contour. The safety of its procedure relates not only to the amount fats removed but also the anesthetic choice and to the patient's overall health condition.

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What does vaser liposuction mean?

Vaser Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is being performed by doctors in the U.S. This procedure uses ultrasound technology that actually targets the fat cells and causes them to break up and then can be easily removed. Nerves and blood vessels are minimally disturbed making a small amount of recovery time. It is a low pain, non-invasive procedure that is becoming very popular.


How much does liposuction cost?

Answer#1Liposuction is considered a cosmetic surgical procedure and will not be covered by insurance. Typically, Liposuction will cost an individual between USD $4,000 for 2 small areas and as much as USD $10,000 for 5 areas, but your Liposuction surgeon will have a more specific idea of the Liposuction cost after a consultation. On average, Liposuction in the U.S. costs $2,000 per body area treated. Many patients are choosing to have cosmetic surgery procedures abroad to take advantage of the significantly reduced costs for Liposuction - while keeping the high standard quality and safety.

The cost will vary depending on the specific liposuction procedure and where you having it performed. Some clinics offer financing for their services.

The cost for liposuction varies by area and also by the amount of work that is done on a patient. Typically, it will cost about $2000 to 3000 for a single session, but it can be as much as $10,000 for a comprehensive procedure.

Answer#2 The cost of liposuction surgery depends on the area of the body as well as the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Larger areas cost more. For example, the cost of liposuction to the lower abdomen costs around $2,000 in the United States. Add the upper abdomen, and the cost may reach $3,000. Liposuction to the outer thighs may cost $1,600 each, and total costs will combine all targeted areas. Medical tourists may benefit through plastic surgery centers in Argentina, where charges costs are less, generally under $3,000, which in many cases includes lodging. Liposuction in India costs one tenth of what it costs in the United States.

Liposuction costs depend which method you choose to go with. The costs vary. There are several methods of liposuction from which to choose. They include traditional liposuction (including the "wet method), tumescent liposuction (including hydroliposculpture), and several generations of ultrasonic liposuction. Traditional liposuction is generally expensive, with higher complication rates and moderate levels of improvement in the affected areas. Ultrasonic liposuction, best performed by experienced surgeons, can nonetheless produce serious complications. Tumescent liposuction, the safest and most economical of all techniques, produces the most predictable results.

Some start at $3,000 for the first area. I would recommend contacting a doctor in your area and have a consultation so you can get a exact quote.


Patients should also be advised that the cost of liposuction is also determined by the size of the patient, the amount of time as well as effort required by the surgeon to perform the procedure, and any laboratory fees, anesthesia services, and operating or outpatient service costs. In Mexico there is a Package called PERFECTION LIPOSUCTION in a center named Perfection Makeover and Laser Center. The cost is about $4,500 which includes All Medical Fees, Medications, Lab Work, Garments, All Transfers, Bilingual Assistant, I would suggest that you ask for a quote first so that you can assure of the money you will be spending.

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What is mesotherapy?

It is a serious of small injections that put various special supplements into the body. It is used to slow aging and help people loose weight.


How expensive is liposuction from Smart Lipo?

"The cost of Smart Lipo varies dependig on which area you want done. In general it will cost $1,700-$4,500. One benefit of Smart Lipo is that recovery time is shorter, meaning you will miss less work."

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How do I get in better shape?

* For the most part it's luck and good genetics. But you can have a nice healthy body by eating right and exercising. I have been searching the Internet to find something to make my booty bigger I've found it. The website looked cheesy & the order took 2 weeks to arrive but it was well worth it, & it was cheap. My booty grew 3 inches in one month all around. That doesn't sound like a lot but look at a ruler. Plus the exercises & foods to eat are all natural. These foods will give you the hormones that creates a bigger butt. When you have the size you want stop the program. You can control your body. == == * If you want to have a better looking body (breasts and butt) you have to eat the right meals and exercise you should eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as for the exercising part you can do push ups, jumping jacks, sit ups, you just pretty much need to stay fit all the time and one thing you can try is to tighten up your butt and while you are doing that do a couple jumping jacks or even push ups or sit ups. * The first poster is correct and if you don't have the genes then you're hooped unless you opt for plastic surgery which is not only expensive, but some doctors can do a botched job (more often than you think. It's the best kept secret those botched jobs until Oprah Winfrey brought it out into the open on one of her programs.) It's not how you look that is bothering you, but you haven't worked on what's inside of you ... your strength, independence, what you are capable of achieving or how you can be a better person. It's called being shallow! Get a job if you can or better yet volunteer for those less fortunate and be thankful you don't have some terrible disease and that all your limbs are in tact. Exercise (do weights) and eat well and just be the best you can be to be healthy. There is no such thing as the perfect body! Be happy with what you have and unless you have scars, etc., from a bad accident then I suggest you work more on your inner self because beauty fades fast, but you're stuck with who you are for the rest of your life!

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Can liposuction or gastric bypass surgery pose a threat to life?

All surgeries imply a risk of life, even the simplest one. The advances in surgical technologies and techniques have reduced greatly the risks but thre are still cases of fatalities caused by unexpected complications.

The death rate from complications related to liposuction is about 1 in 5,000, although the actual death risk when liposuction is performed by a good doctor is somewhat minimal.

The death rate within the first 30 days of gastric bypass is normally quoted to be at about 1 in 250. The long term risk of death is considerably less than the long term risk of severe obesity.


Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?

With the introduction of newer methods of liposuction, the procedure has become much safer and easier to endure than in the past. But, as with all surgeries, not everyone makes a good candidate for liposuction. Anyone who suffers from chronic health problems such as diabetes or heart or lung disease is not a good candidate. Persistent medical conditions like heart or lung disease can cause complications during the procedure, especially if general anesthesia is involved. Likewise, medications taken to treat these afflictions can cause difficulties with the procedure. It is also possible that healing can take longer. Diabetes is known to present problems with healing. Because of this, your surgeon may advise against the procedure. You must weigh the risks involved. Diabetes and insulin production also affect fat absorption in the body. Discuss with your surgeon how diabetes will influence the effect of your liposuction. Poor circulation can also present problems. Adequate circulation to the treated areas is a key element of the procedure as well as the recovery. Patients who will be having other surgeries, whether medically necessary or not, in or around the area to be treated may be at risk for more complications. Most surgeons discourage having surgery and liposuction in the same area close together. Liposuction is not limited to younger patients, however, some older patients who have reduced elasticity of their skin may find that they do not get the desired results. It is important for the skin to maintain elasticity in order to conform to the new shape created by liposuction. Liposuction is not intended for weight loss. In order to achieve the best results from liposuction, patients should have realistic expectations. Patients who anticipate great weight loss or extraordinary changes are not good candidates for the procedure.


What is the recovery from liposuction like?

Because liposuction is not a major surgery, the recovery is a lot easier to withstand than most other surgeries. However, there are guidelines that need to be followed to ensure the patient�s safety as well as a positive outcome.

Most procedures use a local anesthetic, which does not require a prolonged stay in the surgeons office. Patients are required to have someone else available to drive them home and encouraged to have someone at home with them for the first 24 hours. Allow 18 hours after the procedure before driving or operating heavy machinery.

After the liposuction procedure, a compression garment will be put on. This garment is intended to encourage accurate drainage of incisions. The garment will need to be worn 24 hours a day for 3 to 6 days. Along with the compression garment, absorbent pads need to be worn to soak up blood and remaining anesthetic fluids. These pads need to be worn for 24 hours after all drainage has stopped. The compression garment needs to be removed once daily to enable the patient to shower, wash the garment, and change the pads.

It is recommended that you rest quietly for the first few hours after your procedure. You may opt for a walk a few hours afterwards. Normal physical activity can resume the following day, but you should wait 2 to 4 days before engaging in strenuous physical activity.

It is important to keep the incisions clean. Do not, however, soak in a tub, or go in a pool or the ocean for at least 7 days. If you experience severe itching, you may use Benadryl (following the instructions) or you may soak in an oatmeal bath, provided it is at least 7 days after the procedure.

Take all of the antibiotics prescribed to you. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken every four to six hours, but avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. If pain increases dramatically after 5 to 10 days, notify your surgeon. This could possibly be due to an infection.

Bruising, swelling, nausea, menstrual irregularities and temperature elevation are all normal occurrences immediately following liposuction and should subside.

Patients can usually plan on returning to work within a few days of the procedure, but should also expect to be uncomfortable and weary for several days afterward.

AnswerLiposuction is an easy procedure. I would not advise to go back to normal activity for at least 5 days. People will tell you different. But the longer you can stay down.... the less bruising you will have. I didn't bruise until I went back to being on my feet for 6 hours a day. And I went back to work after 6 days. I had bruising... but it was minimal. The insicions do not seep like most people say. I had one gauze put on that was suppose to stay on till my 2 week post-op appointment. So ask your surgeon about these... it will save from having to change the gauze. I DO ADVISE TO WEAR YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENT. It is VERY uncomfortable. But it must be worn. I didn't wear mine and I swelled up really bad when I didn't have it on. I went back to wearing it and the swelling went down and so didn't the bruising. So be ready for it to be tight and VERY uncomfortable. But it is worth it in the long run to suffer:) Don't be so scared about the complications. If you read those closely you'll see the statistics. ANd I am usually the "worst case senerio". I had a pleasant experience from Liposuction and I would do it over again.

Additionally, you should expect to have to wear compression bandages, or a compression suit for about a month after surgery. Most patients don't like wearing the suit, but it's necessary in order to compress the areas of treatment. In essence, holes were created by the liposuction surgery, and they need to be held together so your body can heal into its new contours better. In some cases, drains are used temporarily, just beneath the skin, in order to drain any excess fluid or blood. The drains can be uncomfortable, but if used, are essential to the healing process.


What is the average cost of thigh liposuction in the Boston area?

The average cost of liposuction starts around $4000, however price should not be the only consideration. You need to find a reputable doctor and thoroughly check out their references as it could end up costing much more if it isn't done properly.


What is liposuction?

Liposuction or Lipectomy, (the surgical removal of fat), removes adipocytes, a collectivity of lipids. These procedures are performed as part of some breast reductions, breast reconstruction after cancer, harvesting fat for stem cell transfer, fat transfers for facelifts, Brazilian Butt lifts, abdominoplasty after pregnancy and weight loss and other reconstructive or cosmetic procedures. The surgery removes fat cells from the body with cannulas (narrow tubes), that are inserted into the body with use of a blind eye, wherein the surgeons can't see what they are doing. With the assistance of a suction pump, the fat cells are literally sucked out. Dr. Rosemary Leonard explains that liposuction is not a gentle procedure. A large, hallow needle attached to a powerful suction machine in inserted into the body where it is moved around with considerable force. Power-assisted liposuction devices oscillate as fast as 4,000 times per minute. No matter the size or speed of the cannulas, thrusting a suctioning device deep into a person's body presents the risk of accidentally puncturing vital organs or harming nerves, blood vessels, muscles, or other structures, or removing essential tissues. Dr. Samuel Klein suggests that liposuction violently destroys the fishnet structure under the skin where fat cells live. One cannot maintain fat loss via a healthy diet and exercise as the removal of adipose tissue, (an important endocrine organ), is not magic and when the subcutaneous fat stores are lessened, the toxic, disease producing visceral fat increases regardless of diet and experience. "The Belly Finds What The Thighs Lose," an article published in The New York Times in May, 2011 explains this in a rudimentary way. The article was written based on the study done at the University of Colorado. Not only is liposuction not a permanent fix, but the procedures cause long-term metabolic, health and contour problems. Common side effects of liposuction include but are not limited to: scarring, skin and contour irregularities, fainting, rapid heart rate and excessive bleeding. Other more serious side effects include blood clots, injury to internal organs, allergic reactions to drugs, and brain damage due to lack of oxygen during general anesthesia. Also, of course the long-term problems that include but are not limited to: increase in insulin resistance, a metabolic syndrome, CVD, infertility, skewed hormones, fat cells that experience hypertrophy, (grow large) in upper arms, face, and other parts of the body, chronic and / or unrelenting pain, major disfigurement, disability and death.


What types of liposuction can be performed?

Tumescent liposuction, the most popular form of the procedure, can be performed on many parts of the male and female body. Abdominal liposuction is most often performed on women. This is an effective replacement for tummy-tucks for most patients. Many women who have an abdominal bulge after child birth or a hysterectomy find that liposuction can improve the look of their stomach. Arms are also a mostly female procedure and produce the highest rates of success. Many women choose to have the flap under the upper arm reduced with liposuction. Included in this area is the fat at the front of the underarm, just above the bra line, and at the back of the underarm as well. Liposuction of the breasts can be performed on both men and women. Women who have very large and mostly fatty breasts may find that they can attain results similar to or better than a traditional breast reduction surgery. Liposuction on breasts that are mostly glandular is not efficient nor is it recommended. Some men have significant fatty deposits in the breast area and see significant results with liposuction. Men suffering from gynecomastia, a condition where there is a large amount of glandular breast tissue, are not good candidates for this procedure. Many women find that the buttocks area contains a great deal of fat and achieve great results with liposuction of this area. The primary goal is to achieve a more rounded look, symmetry, and of course a smaller profile. The lower legs and ankles can be treated with liposuction, however the procedure is more risky because most of this fat is superficial. These areas are more susceptible to nerve and blood vessel damage. Liposuction of the thighs, in many cases, should be done over a series of procedures. Because there is a larger area to cover, the risks of complications increase. Hips, outer thighs and buttocks are usually done at the same time. Anterior thighs and inner thighs should be done at a separate time.


What does liposuction surgery involve?

There are several different types of liposuction, each with their own distinct procedures. The basic technique of liposuction is inherent to all of them, however. During the liposuction procedure, tiny incisions are made in the area to be treated and a cannula, or metal tube, is inserted. The cannula is connected at one end to a suction vacuum. When the cannula is moved back and forth under the skin, it sucks out fat cells. Before the liposuction is performed, fluid is injected under the skin to replenish what will be lost, provide anesthesia, and to contract blood vessels. The amount of fluid injected depends on the various methods of liposuction. During what is called the super-wet technique, the amount of fluid injected is similar to the amount of fat that is to be removed. This technique typically requires general anesthesia or at least IV sedation. The tumescent technique seems to be the most popular technique available right now. This involves fluid injection of up to three times the amount of fluid to be removed. Because of this large amount of fluid, the skin and tissues become firm or tumescent. This procedure is usually performed on patients who need only a local anesthetic because the amount of anesthetic in the solution is enough to curb the pain during surgery and sometimes up to a day following surgery. Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty, or UAL, uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy fat cells to be removed. This technique cuts down on blood loss and speeds recovery. However, there seems to be a slightly increased risk of organ damage with this procedure, as well as a risk of burns from the ultrasonic pulses. Power-Assisted Lipoplasty uses machine power to operate the cannula. The cannula used in this procedure oscillates, or works in circles. This is a relatively new procedure and is still rather controversial. Some surgeons (as well as the manufacturers of the device) swear that it works quite well, while other surgeons are not as sure. There are not yet any conclusive studies published on its advantages and disadvantages.


I want to go for a thigh and butt liposuction can anyone suggest me that how safe is liposuction?

It has all the risks associated with any surgery. There are many different procedures for liposuction, the use of ultrasound or of adrenaline/saline instead for example, will change the level of risks involved in the procedure. Usually it is a quite safe surgery with the reservations exposed above.

It is a fairly safe procedure, but you should take the time to educate yourself on the possible dangers beforehand. E.g.

* Sagging skin * Scarring * Blood clotting * Skin discoloration * Infection * Puckered skin * Nerve damage * Necrosis * Allergic reaction to the anesthesia * Possible heart failure * Fluids may collect under the skin * Body may go into shock * Swelling of affected area * Permanent numbness of the affected area * Hypothermia * Vital organs may be damaged * Slow healing time * Severe bleeding


What are some of the side effects of liposuction?

Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure, and updates in medical technology have limited the number of complications and risks. However, no procedure is perfect and there still exists the possibility of minor or even severe complications.

Minor complications are more common and most can usually be fixed. Some of these are attributed to a patient's unrealistic expectations. Liposuction is not recommended for weight loss and will not produce any major weight loss results. Patients need to be aware of this and have a healthy outlook on the outcome of their procedure.

Skin irregularities can occur when too much fat is taken from one area. This may leave unsightly dimpling or depressions in the skin. It is important to remember that women naturally have fat stores and any area of the body that has too much removed will look abnormal. It is better to have too little fat removed, because the surgeon can always go back and remove a little bit more.

Hematomas and seromas can occur when red blood cells and the serum they contain leak from injured blood vessels and form pools under the skin. Adequate drainage of incisions can help to prevent these from happening.

Some people experience hyperpigmentation in the areas of their incisions. Patients who naturally have more pigment to their skin may find that it lasts for up to several years. These patients should be informed of this risk before planning their liposuction. Fairer-skinned individuals may also experience this, but it will usually only last 4 to 6 months in those with less pigment.

Swelling of the legs and ankles can occur after major liposuction procedures. Bruising of the genitals is common in males and females after abdominal liposuction as a result of gravity taking over and pulling fluids downward. The use of proper compression garments can minimize these effects. Blood tinged drainage is a common occurrence and is nothing to be worried about. Adequate drainage speeds recovery.

Rapid heart rate is common during or after surgery and it is attributed to the use of epinephrine in the local anesthetic solution. Patients are encouraged to stay away from products that contain epinephrine-like drugs, including cold medications, before their liposuction procedure.

Rare yet severe complications can include blood clots, injury to abdominal organs, excessive blood loss, allergic reactions to drugs, cardiac arrhythmias, and brain damage due to lack of oxygen during general anesthesia.

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Mild side effects can include a burning sensation at the site of the surgery for up to one month.

But its not only that! Side effects can include:

- Bruising (which can cause pain) and swelling immediately after the operation is complete.

- Probably you will have some scars though many people heal very quickly

- You mobility will be reduced for a while

- Skin laxity - the amount of laxity depends on many factors (like the quality of your skin, the amount of fat removed etc)

You shouldn't expect zero side effects even though liposuction is a minor treatment (and of course there are always the non surgical liposuction options where the side effects are even milder).

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What does liposuction cost?

No Types Of Procedure Hospital Stay Package Costs1 Liposuction per pointsn $7502 Liposuction 4-8 points2 nights $4,2333 Liposuction 9 points or more4 nights $6,000


What is tumescent liposuction?

A little background: Tumescent liposuction was invented and developed in 1985. The word "tumescent" means swollen and firm. By injecting a large volume of very dilute lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (capillary constrictor) into subcutaneous fat, the targeted tissue becomes swollen and firm, or tumescent. Tumescent liposuction uses unprecedented large doses of lidocaine and epinephrine. When general anesthesia is added to the tumescent liposuction technique there are increased complications.

Liposuction surgery is an invasive, non-curative, harmful surgery. The complications from this surgery are not accurately followed. Because the reporting of adverse affects is not mandatory.

The HTAC issued this caution in 2002: "Death and disfigurement due to the cosmetic surgical procedure of liposuction should be a matter for serious public concern."An article in the Anesthesiology News, 2012, is entitled: "As Liposuction Deaths Mount, Study Exposes Cracks in Safety". The article states that, a quarter-century after the nation's plastic surgeons received what amounted to carte blanche to perform liposuction, a new analysis suggests that the procedure is no safer than it was back then.

Even patients who initially feel satisfied with a cosmetic outcome have had their bodies irreversibly changes in ways that will negatively affect their long-term physical and mental health, and their overall well-being. No matter how often it is renamed, or how the medical community spins it, liposuction is unsound. Scientific studies remind us that, regardless of the surgeon, the problem of liposuction has to do with the biology of fat.

Liposuction increases visceral fat, causes long-term fat mobilization, increases insulin resistance, and instigates metabolic syndrome - and all of these affects are so detrimental to one's health.

Liposuction is responsible for a spectrum of harm including:

· Permanent damage to muscles, nerves, underlying organs

· Painful skin adherence which is disabling and limits sitting and mobility

· Disturbing fat regrowth causing unnatural, disfigured appearance

· Possible increased in visceral fat which is linked to slowed metabolism and disease conditions known to shorten life

· Infertility and difficulties with lactation

· Loose sacks of skin that require risky skin excision and fat grafting

· Sunken pockets of divots

· Lack of transparent, clearly-communicated consent

· Problems of exceeded consent

· Financial hardship and even ruin

· Chronic pain, loss of quality of life

· Lidocaine toxicity, third-space swelling, Death


A push-pull within sub-groups of the medical profession complicates the issues regarding liposuction / adipose removal: Board certified surgeons fault dermatologists (who don't have hospital privileges) for using local anesthesia and not being plastic surgeons. Dermatologists fault board certified plastic surgeons for performing too much toxic, aggressive surgery at once via general anesthesia. This internal finger pointing implies that the side effects are related to the doctor's training and technique, when in fact, the biology of fat is at fault. Not to be overlooked is also the invasive technique and guesswork that goes into liposuction.

In sum, several competitive groups of doctors who benefit handsomely from the surgery have convinced the public that - contrary to its poor track record and scientific studies proving otherwise - liposuction is safe. Of course, this does not make it so. The idea that doctors (board certified plastic surgeons or not) are above the fray should be earnestly questioned in order to prevent further widespread iatrogenic (medically induced) harm.

Who gets liposuction?

Anyone who the doctors convince to get these costly procedures including but not limited to women who go in for medically indicated breast reduction, men who go in for gynecomastia, people who get some breast reconstructions after cancer or harvesting fat for stem cell transfer or fat transfers for facelifts, Brazilian Butt lifts, abdominoplasty after pregnancy and weight loss and other reconstructive or cosmetic procedures, including totally fit weight lifters and athletes. There are long-term metabolic, health and contour complications to liposuction or any adipose tissue removal.


Do the effects of liposuction last?

Fat cells removed from the body by liposuction should not come back, however, if a significant amount of weight is gained, new fat cells can grow. With smaller amounts of weight gain, fat cells in other areas will increase in size, but the area where liposuction was performed should not see any increase in fat.

With significant amounts of weight gain, fat cells that were not removed will increase in size and the possibility of new fat cell growth in the areas treated by liposuction exists. However, the amount of fat in these areas is relatively less than in other areas. Ideally, a patient should maintain the weight loss (however minimal) attained during liposuction in order to sustain the optimal results of the procedure.

Assuming a patient does not gain a large amount of weight after the procedure, then the body should retain the silhouette accomplished during liposuction. Even with moderate weight gain, the body should maintain the results, but in a slightly larger proportion.

Because liposuction is not a reliable source of weight loss, patients should expect to maintain their results through diet and exercise. Cosmetic surgeons also caution that although the results of liposuction are more or less permanent, liposuction does not prevent the body from aging and fat stores can migrate in the body as you age.

For women who become pregnant after liposuction, once you have lost all of the weight from the pregnancy, your body should return to the state it was in, as though you had never been pregnant. Again it is important to remember that if you are still carrying weight, it will show in other areas of the body and possibly the areas treated, depending on the amount of weight.


Is there pain associated with liposuction?

I am 4 weeks post-op (love handles and abs) and just now I am experiencing the pins and needles feeling. I slept (or atleast tried to) for the first time last night without the compression garment and I won't be doing the same tonight. I go for massages every other day, both ultrasound and hand, and they still hurt like crazy. Today was number 18 and I think I'm going to wait for the nerves to finish "waking up." The results are incredible, I had 16 pounds removed (I'm 6'2"), and the love handles are gone, as well as the belly. Would I do it again, yeah, but would dread it greatly. Not to say that misery loves company, but I feel much better to know I am not alone in this long and slow recovery.


What are some liposuction horror stories and how often do these occur?

Today's liposuction is not safe, no matter how many ads tell you it is. It's a dangerous procedure in which cannulas are jabbed repeatedly into the body with surgeons using a "blind hand" to guide these tools which can perpetrate organs and leave patients disabled, disfigured, or dead. Horror stories are abundant, but do not make it into the media. If you do online research on liposuction, you may find quite a few people sharing their bad experiences, and it's important to not that the most trafficked website often blocks users for trying to warn others.

It's necessary to remember that some people praise during the "honeymoon" phase after the bruising and before the fat redistributes. And even so, there are far more positive testimonials than complaints out there, many of them manufactured by the surgeons, and many short-term results that people later realize are bad.

Some people experience lumpiness and an uneven look long after the recovery should be over. Surgeons may remove too much fat from some areas or not enough, causing an uneven appearance. Ultrasound Assisted-Lipoplasty (UAL) involves the use of ultrasound technology to liquefy fat cells. One patient was sent to the hospital after having the UAL procedure when she began urinating blood. Though her surgeon has not spoken about it, that patient believes that her bladder was damaged during the process. Because of the technique used, many patients experience burns as well. UAL has also been reported to cause bowel and kidney perforations in some patients. Because liposuction is a surgical procedure, some pain should be expected and some people live in excruciating pain for the rest of their lives due to liposuction.

Some surgeons tend to do these procedures without the assistance of an anesthesiologist; they are many times unable to alleviate any unexpected pain during the liposuction. It should be noted, however, that all patients have different pain tolerance levels, and what is painful for some may not be for others. There are a number of other side effects that are not listed here, not all transparently listed on the 9 page consent from that keeps growing to try to protect surgeons from the harm they are causing.

As to the general overall opinion of it being safe, in regard to other procedures, it is riskier with a higher death rate, deformities, and complication. But because of unreported incidents of complications there is no true numbers on the seriousness of the procedure. One true side effect documented in 2002 in approx. 45% of patients is a 1 to 2 cup breast increase. As beneficial as that may be it is barely ever noted by the surgeons, and if that's what you don't want then it's a problem.

Some of the more serious problems are: nerve problems, tissue perforations, severe and prolonged edema, constant pain, blotchy skin, seromas, third spacing, fluid shifts, cardiac fluctuations, thromboembolisms (blood clots mainly in the legs), scaring, infections, increase in insulin resistence, increase in metabolic syndrome, and more. But ask a surgeon and they read through them like lawyers reading the legal at the end of a car ad. And if something does go wrong, they either ignore you or send you on a goose chase with no goose to catch until the time frame for a lawsuit has passed. Also to answer the last part of the question is that, relying on scientific studies on rodents, and human studies such as the one mentioned in "The Belly Finds What the Thighs Lose" article, interviews and personal experience I believe the procedure is risky with long-term medical and aesthetic harm.

There are dangerous board certified and cosmetic doctors masquerading as "TOP EXPERTS". The experts, by the way, often cover up for each other in court.

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What is removed in liposuction?

Liposuction does not remove large quantities of fat and is not intended as a weight reduction technique. The average amount of fat removed is about a liter, or a quart.


Where is the best place to get cheap liposuction?

'Best' and 'Cheap' have different meanings to different people. What's cheap for you might not be cheap for me. However, in the Philippines, there is a doctor named Vicky Belo whose cosmetic surgery team could be within the average person's price range.


Who should you have perform your liposuction?

Though liposuction is cosmetic surgery and not a medical necessity, all surgeries are serious and potentially problematic. For this reason, it is extremely important that you do your homework before deciding on a surgeon to perform your liposuction. Some people are on such a budget that they go directly for the surgeons that cost the least. But without proper research, you could end up paying more in the long run by needing another surgeon to fix the mistakes your cheaper one made. Remember that you can�t undo liposuction, so you really want to make sure that you find the best surgeon. There are a few basic questions you should ask potential surgeons to help choose one. But before you start there, you may want to attain referrals from others. If you don't know anyone who has had the procedure, ask potential surgeons� offices to give you the names of some satisfied patients who are willing to give testimonials (these people will have already given the office permission to release their names and information for this purpose). The first thing you want to find out about is certification. Is this surgeon Board Certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons? Does the surgeon have specific training in liposuction? Some cosmetic surgeons perform the procedure without actually being trained specifically in liposuction. You might also ask about Advanced Cardiac Life Support training, which is important for handling any possible cardiac emergencies during or after procedures. Discuss with potential surgeons the types of liposuction available. There are several different procedures, each with their own pros and cons. Assess if the surgeon has any preferences and why that may be. Ask what is involved in each of these procedures and what risks may be associated with each. Get a good idea of what type of results you can expect from your liposuction. Make sure that the surgeon is more concerned with safety and quality, rather than promising to make you into a new person. What is the surgeon�s policy on touch-ups? If the surgery doesn�t turn out quite right, will you have the opportunity to have it fixed for free? Recovery time from liposuction is crucial, especially if you are taking time off of work. Discuss the estimated recovery time for your procedure and what to expect during that time. For those looking for a board certified plastic surgeon in their area, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a surgeon locator on their website at


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