Excessive Liposuction

What is Excessive Liposuction?

Excessive liposuction is the removal of fat from one or more body areas beyond the safe permissible limit, in one sitting. This results in health complications and reduced body appeal. The irony is that the safe and unsafe limits are not defined objectively. Ideally, the amount of fat that can be extracted from the body is determined by the patient’s weight and health condition. However, this does leave a scope for human error, miscalculation and weak judgment. Therefore, as a standard, a maximum of 5lbs of extraction in a session is considered safe for a patient weighing 100kgs. Of this, the actual liposuction fat is 50%, that is 2-3lbs and the rest is blood, plasma, IV fluid, etc. There should be a gap of at least 1 month between ever7 5lb of extraction.

Liposuction  Goal

The aim of liposuction should be to achieve the best possible cosmetic results strictly within safe levels of fat removal. Health is the priority and the body alteration goals come after that.

Risk Factors of Excess Liposuction

  • Surgeon Selection: The role of human judgment, calculation, and execution is significant in a plastic surgery. Irrespective of the costs involved, choose a qualified, board-certified, and reputed surgeon. An ethical and skilled professional knows the job and its safety levels well and practices them. Such a surgeon will prioritize your health over anything else. This is especially important when you are considering large volume liposuction. Going to an unskilled doctor for cheap liposuction can prove expensive instead.
  • Anesthesia: Anesthesia helps reduce the surgical pain in the patient’s body. The chances of excessive fat removal are much higher with general anesthesia compared to local. The numb and unconscious patient will not be able to report the associated discomforts – like pain, dizziness, and/or lightheadedness, to the doctor. In addition, high quantity of drug poses the threat of allergies and lidocaine toxicity.
  • Patient Selection: An obese patient will require a large volume liposuction procedure for the results to show up. Subsequent sittings may be needed. However, the doctor and the patient may be tempted to go in for extra fat removal for one session convenience and cost economy, resulting in excess fat removal. Similarly, the patient’s health condition may not permit additional sessions and the surgeon may decide for one time ‘heavy’ extraction.
  • Large Volume Liposuction: Sometimes, the surgeon may extract a large volume of fat in one sitting to complete the case in one go. As much as 8lbs of fat could eliminated, which is not considered safe. Large volume liposuction is never necessary and is often risky.
  • Operating on More than One Body Area: Suctioning fat from multiple body areas in a sitting significantly enhances the probability of excess fat elimination.
  • Combining Surgeries: The risk of excessive tissue removal increases when liposculpture is combined with one or more unrelated surgeries, such as facelift, breast & nose surgery, laser surgery, or tummy tuck, to name some. Apart from the health complications arising due to excessive liposuction, it is taxing for the patient, as the recuperation period is very long.
  • Weak Post-Liposuction Care: The body needs strict precautions to recuperate from an excessive fat elimination. The post surgical risks associated with excessive liposuction increase if the after care is not proper.

Risks of Excessive Liposuction

  • Surgical Trauma: Excessive liposuction stresses body tissues, which results in toxin accumulation in the body. In addition, liposuction, being an unnatural fat removal method, may result in the body interpreting its excess as some foreign body invasion and may generate antibodies against it. Consequently, instead of healing, the body condition may worsen.
  • Internal Injury: Excessive fat extraction damages the body’s tissues and blood vessels, leading to blood clotting and/or internal bleeding. This may lead to unconsciousness, coma, and/or death. In fact, the chances of lethality are directly proportional to the volume of extraction.
  • Toxicity: Extreme liposuction requires an increased amount of anesthesia so that the numbness lasts longer. In addition, due to numbness, the patient may not be able to report discomfort, such as skin burn, that an accidental excess fluid infusion causes. This all may lead to toxicity risk in the body.
  • Long Recuperation: Excessive plastic surgery requires prolonged recovery, thereby hampering the routine significantly.
  • Disappointing Results: Large volume extraction increases the scope of human error and may compromise precision. In addition, the side effects, especially dermal, further worsen the situation. Consequently, the results may not match even realistic expectations.
  • Skin Issues: Excessive liposuction may result in skin irregularities, such as swelling, sagging, wrinkling, rippling, blemishing, lumping, discoloration, dimpling, bruising, scarring, etc.

Symptom of Excessive Liposuction

  • Pain: Intense pain, swelling, and bruising, often confining the patients to bed for more than 24 hours
  • Nausea: Frequent nausea and vomiting, preventing the patient from eating a normal meal soon after the surgery
  • Physical Discomfort: It prevents the patient from resuming the daily routine even after two or three days of the surgery