Liposuction Risks

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When performed by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon in an accredited facility, liposuction is a very safe procedure, but this does not mean that it is risk-free. At JUVA Skin & Laser, we want to make sure you are fully informed about liposuction before you make a commitment to the procedure, which is why we provide this summary of potential risks and complications.

Some people prefer to talk about risks in person. During a consultation we can explain everything in detailed, straightforward language and make sure you understand the potential risks. If you would rather talk to one of our doctors about risks in person, please call (888) 610-3133 to schedule your consultation at our central Manhattan location.

What Are the Risks? How Common Are They?

There are many potential risks associated with liposuction, including:

  • Seroma (fluid collection)
  • Uneven contour/unfavorable cosmetic result
  • Long term numbness or discomfort in treatment area
  • Infection

Serious risks are rare. How rare? We have never seen any of these risks in our practice. Other risks occur in less than 1% of patients.

What We Do to Reduce Your Risk

At JUVA Skin & Laser, we do everything possible to reduce your potential risk from liposuction. Most importantly, your procedure will only be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with training and experience in liposuction.

Next, our AAAHC-accredited facility is fully prepared to handle any emergency that should occur. We follow recommended anti-infection protocols and if necessary have transfer agreements with nearby hospitals.

We only use sedation and local anesthesia when performing liposuction, not general anesthesia. General anesthesia increases risks associated with liposuction.

Safer Liposuction with SmartLipo by CynosureWe use SmartLipo for our liposuction procedures. SmartLipo can reduce your risk of complications by more precisely targeting fat and leaving other tissues intact. How safe is SmartLipo? In a study of our first 500+ SmartLipo procedures, we saw zero serious complications. In the years since then, SmartLipo has continued to show the same very high safety profile.

Your Role in Reducing Risk

You also have an important role to play in reducing your risks during a liposuction procedure. To minimize your risks, you should:

  • Be honest with us about medical history and current medications, including herbal supplements
  • Follow pre-operative and postoperative instructions carefully
  • Contact us immediately if you have any questions or concerns during your liposuction recovery

When we both do our parts, liposuction risks are very small and complications can be handled quickly without lasting effects.

To learn more about our excellent safety record in liposuction, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center using the form on this page or by calling (888) 610-3133 to schedule a consultation at our central Manhattan practice.