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Liposuction Safety Standards

Liposuction Safety

Safety standards help minimize the risks associated with treatment. The effectiveness of these liposuction safety measures is directly dependent upon the adherence to them.

Patient’s Complete Medical Assessment

Provide your full medical history to the surgeon. Do inform him/her about all allergies and any other underlying conditions you may have, including heart, lung, circulatory, hormonal or metabolic problems. In addition, your surgeon will perform or review your physical, mental, and psychological assessment. Your past and present health information helps him/her determine your eligibility for liposuction procedures.

Overweight woman measuring stomachSurgeon’s Competence

Make sure you select a board certified and reputable surgeon with a good track record of a large number of successful cases. In addition consider the frequency of surgeries per week, before and after pictures, and talk to some previous patients. These are quite helpful in determining a surgeon’s competence. The doctor’s ethics and sense of aesthetics help minimize liposculpture risks, while increasing the chances of satisfactory results. A veteran surgeon is often updated on the latest modes of treatment and can handle it well in all three stages – before, during, and after liposuction.

Minimize Surgical Trauma

Any surgery, especially liposuction, stresses the body and causes cell trauma, which can lead to health complications. Too much operation in one session can even be fatal. A surgery is termed excessive when the tissue trauma is beyond safe health levels.

These safe limits are different for different people, basically according to their underlying health and their BMI or Body Mass Index is calculated from your weight and height and a table.  You can calculate your BMI at        www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/

. The following are categorized as excessive surgery:

  • More than one type of surgery in a session or a single  day or a very short time gap, unless the surgical plan is to remove a  small amount of fat to transplant to another area.
  • More than one body area operated upon in a session or a  single day or a very short time gap (less than a month).
  • A body part undergoes massive surgery or high volume extraction in one session or a very short time gap.  This can be a serious and life threatening approach, and would only be done in very extreme cases, with great caution.

Therefore, no additional surgeries should be combined with liposuction and even just liposuction should stay within safe limits.

Both the patient and the surgeon need to resist the urge to “wrap-up” the procedure in one session. The temptation is especially high in the case of general anesthesia. The responsibility of surgeons here is higher, as they know and understand the risks. They need to provide an ethically clear picture to the patient.

Patients are the ultimate decision makers and should be informed. They too must insist their surgeons prioritize health and avoid excessive liposuction.  Sometimes fears about surgery or financial considerations cause the patient to pressure the doctor to do more in on session.  A wise doctor will continue to resist, out of concern for the patient.