Risks of Toxicity During Liposuction Operations to Remove Excess Fat
Risk of toxic reaction to lidocaine or
other lipoplasty medications
Surgery | Types of Lipoplasty
| Best Candidates | Super
Wet | Tumescent Method
| Ultrasonic | For
Cellulite | To Treat Obesity
Health Risks of Toxicity During Liposuction
The danger of toxicity during liposculpture is small. Although the risk increases if patients undergo a long series of separate liposuction operations.
How Liopsuction Toxicity Occurs
In rare instances, liposuction patients may suffer a toxic reaction or addiction to lidocaine, a drug used as a local anesthetic during tumescent liposuction. During this type of lipoplasty, large volumes of a tumescent liquid containing saline, lidocaine and epinephrine are injected prior to surgery. The more fat to be liposuctioned, the more liquid is injected. This may lead to a relatively high ingestion of lidocaine.
Symptoms of Lidocaine Toxicity
Tell-tale symptoms include: drowsiness, lightheadedness, slurred speech, metallic taste in the mouth, numbness of the lips and tongue and shivering. In extreme cases, lidocaine toxicity may cause the heart to stop, although to the best of our knowledge there is no evidence of this degree of toxicity during liposuction.
Reducing Toxic Risk During Liposuction
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 toxicity, during your liposuction surgery. To obtain the names of properly qualified plastic surgeons in your area, call the ASPS at 847-228-9900.
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