Is Liposuction Dangerous? Answering 6 Common Safety Questions

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Is liposuction dangerous? This question often arises when people first consider this popular cosmetic procedure. To help you make the best decision for your comfort levels and needs, we’ve put together this guide to some of the most common liposuction safety questions.

#1. Is Liposuction Safe?

Liposuction is considered safe for most candidates when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. However, like any surgical procedure, some risks are involved, including infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Patients can minimize these risks by diligently following their surgeon’s instructions.

At Newman Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we only work with board-certified anesthesiologists and have stringent protocols in place for the safest procedure and patient care possible.

#2. How Much Fat Can Be Removed With Liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be safely removed during liposuction depends on factors such as the patient’s overall health, body composition, the number of areas being treated, and the surgeon’s discretion. Typically, surgeons will adhere to the recommended guidelines of no more than 5 liters (around 11 pounds) of fat during a single outpatient procedure to minimize risks associated with excessive fat extraction.

Keep in mind that liposuction is not intended as a weight loss procedure. If you are looking for more than a spot reduction of fat and are troubled by skin laxity, a tummy tuck or post-weight loss surgery may be more appropriate for you.

#3. How Much Liposuction Is Safe?

A safe liposuction procedure prioritizes patient well-being by adhering to established guidelines and assessing individual health factors. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate amount of liposuction for you to avoid complications such as excessive bleeding, fluid buildup, and contour irregularities. However, liposuction can safely be performed on multiple areas of the body in a single surgery—the main concern is less about where the treatment is performed and more about how much fat is being removed.

#4. How Long Does Liposuction Take?

The length of your procedure will take 1 to 3 hours on average, depending on the extent of the procedure and the number of areas being treated. The type of anesthesia used, the surgical technique (such as manual vs. power-assisted liposuction), and your unique anatomy can also influence the procedure length.

During your consultation at Newman Plastic Surgery, I will review your specific treatment plan and what you can expect based on your individual case.

#5. Does Liposuction Leave Scars?

Liposuction incisions are small and strategically placed to minimize visible scarring, such as in the body’s natural creases. Over time, these incisions tend to fade and become less noticeable. By following your postoperative care instructions, including proper wound care and scar management, you can diminish your resulting scars.

#6. How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Liposuction?

Suitability for liposuction is not determined solely by age but rather by factors such as physical health, skin elasticity, and realistic expectations. Generally, individuals should be at least 18 years old to undergo this elective cosmetic procedure. However, candidacy for liposuction is assessed on a case-by-case basis during consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.

#7. Is Liposuction Worth It?

While this is a matter of personal opinion, liposuction has helped transform the figures of countless patients. It is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure with high patient satisfaction rates.

Having a realistic understanding of what the procedure can and can’t do is also important to whether liposuction is “worth” it or if another procedure is more aligned with your aesthetic goals. We would be happy to discuss this with you at a personal consultation.

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While it’s natural to wonder whether liposuction is dangerous, rest assured that the procedure can be safely performed when planned and conducted by a skilled professional.

If you’re considering liposuction to achieve your aesthetic goals, we encourage you to request a consultation or call us at (914) 423-9000 to schedule an appointment.

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