Health Risk of Infection During Liposuction to Remove Excess Body Fat
Post-operative risk of infection from
necrosis/ necrotizing fasciitis
Surgery | Types of Lipoplasty
| Best Candidates | Super
Wet | Tumescent Method
| Ultrasonic | For
Cellulite | To Treat Obesity
Health Risk of Infection During Liposuction
All surgery, including lipoplasty carries a risk of infection. For example, if lipoplasty operating room instrument-sterilization procedures are inadequate, infections can occur in patients undergoing surgery. Amount of fat liposuctioned, length of procedure and inadequate wound-cleansing may also increase the risk of infection in open lipoplasty surgeries. In addition to the general surgical health risks of infection attaching to liposuction operations, there are specific risks, as follows.
Infection Complications of Liposuction
Lipoplasty infections are comparitively rare but remain a significant cause of death from liposuction, and may occasionally occur as a result of the liposculpture process. Necrosis or necrotizing fasciitis, where bacteria attack tissue, or toxic shock syndrome are conditions that may cause serious infection during lipoplasty surgery. The type or technique of liposuction used by the cosmetic surgeon can also influence the likelihood of infection.
Infection Risks of Tumescent Liposuction
Despite reports of liposuction patients who have suffered serious infections following surgery, infections caused by tumescent liposuction are extremely rare. This is because tumescent lipoplasty uses lidocaine as a local anesthetic. Point is, lidocaine is anti-bacterial and kills bacteria.
Risks Reduced with Qualified Plastic Surgeon
Choosing a cosmetic or plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is one way to ensure a minimum level of health risk, including the risks of infection, during your liposuction surgery. To obtain the names of properly qualified plastic surgeons in your area, call the ASPS at 847-228-9900.
Other Risks of Liposuction (Lipoplasty)
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