Liposuction Safety and Risks | St Louis Missouri Liposuction Center
What you Need to Know about the Safety of Liposuction
Dr. Thomas Wright takes liposuction safety seriously. For most patients, liposuction performed by a physician is a safe and reliable procedure. However, for some the blood loss and other risks of the traditional liposuction procedure have them considering the new “safe liposuction” technique.
The “Safe Liposuction” Technique
With the new Tumescent Technique, our St. Louis patients have never required hospitalization, blood transfusions. Neither have our patients ever had infections or other serious complications. Liposuction safety is our priority, and we are dedicated to ensuring patient safety and care.
Tumescent Liposuction is also the only technique that, in the hands of an expert surgeon, permits liposuction totally by local anesthesia, avoiding the dangers of general anesthesia, IV sedation and narcotic analgesics. General anesthesia adds risks * to the liposuction procedure; these are not present with our treatment, giving it the nick name “safe liposuction.”
There are surgeons who prefer to simultaneously use general anesthesia and the Tumescent Technique. The addition of general anesthesia adds significant risk to the surgery. Some surgeons rely on general anesthesia because they do not have the skill to achieve complete anesthesia with the tumescent technique. Others recommend general anesthesia just because they prefer patients to be unconscious. Still others use general anesthesia because it permits liposuction to be completed more rapidly, which allows for more procedures to be done on the same patient and or more patients.
However, the use of general anesthesia ought not to be based on what is most convenient for the surgeon, but rather what is best for the patient. Ultimately, the patient should choose the type of anesthesia with the best safety profile.
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Tumescent Technique is Less Painful Than General Anesthesia
Virtually every patient who has had both traditional liposuction and the Tumescent Technique has said that liposuction by the Tumescent Technique is a dramatically less painful experience that with general anesthesia. With the Tumescent Technique, local anesthesia is associated with minimal discomfort. In addition, since the patient is awake during the procedure, the doctor is much gentler and more aware of the patient’s comfort. Once the area has been completely numbed, surgery in the area is essentially painless. In addition, because the local anesthesia persists in the treated area for more than 12 hours, there is no pain immediately after the surgery. Pain after that period may be treated with over-the-counter medication.
Risks of Any Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, liposuction is associated with certain common side-effects such as bruising, swelling and temporary numbness. Although irregularities of the skin are possible following liposuction, this side-effect is minimized by the Tumescent Technique. When using larger cannula occasionally there were patients with an irregularity of the skin. Dr. Wright, putting liposuction safety at the highest level, uses a microcannula, noticeable irregularities are very rare and results much more accurate and pleasing. The smaller cannula is a safer way to remove fat, resulting in less discomfort.
Because of the body’s slow resolution of post-surgical swelling, the ultimate, permanent results following liposuction usually require 12 to 16 weeks to become fully apparent. Nevertheless, patients can usually see dramatic improvements within two to four weeks after surgery, if not sooner.
Although the results of liposuction are often quite spectacular, it is not realistic to expect perfection. Liposuction of the thighs, while improving the silhouette, does not necessarily eliminate the subtle “puckering” of skin that is often referred to as “cellulite.” Liposuction with the Tumescent Technique does reduce the degree of cellulite but it is unlikely to eliminate it.
As judged by current worldwide experience, liposuction is amazingly safe. To the best of our knowledge, there have never been any reported serious complications using the Tumescent Technique for liposuction totally by local anesthesia. Dr. Wright’s ongoing participation in Liposuction technique training — and instruction by the inventor of the Tumescent Technique, Dr. Jeffrey Klein — ensures his skills and methods are state-of-the-art and reflect the very latest in results, patient comfort, and medical safety.
Rare problems that can potentially occur with any surgical procedure include infections, bleeding and nerve injury. The Tumescent Technique minimizes these risks.
The Risks of Liposuction
These potential risks of Liposuction must be well understood by all prospective liposuction patients:
Excessive liposuction is dangerous and is a cause of liposuction complications. Patient safety requires that the number of areas treated or amount of fat aspirated in a day be within reasonable limits. Too much is too much.
Though local anesthesia carries much less risk than general anesthesia, unnecessary prolonged exposure is not wise. Unrelated procedures should not be undertaken at the same time.
Skin irregularities may result, particular when liposuction is performed with large cannulas. We only use small cannulas, in a technique called microliposuction.
Unfamiliarity with a patient’s current shape and desired outcome also present a risk. At some liposuction chains, the patient doesn’t even see the doctor until the surgery begins. Our doctor cares about liposuction safety and therefore personally meets with and consults with every patient to determine their needs and discuss results, and is present with the patient through pre-operative appointments, day of surgery, and follow-up progress check appointments.
Dr. Wright’s liposuction results are undeniable, check out his before and after pictures.
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My experience with Dr. Wright and his staff was exceptional. I have had two liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Wright and both were very successful. I would recommend Dr. Wright and his staff highly. The staff was professional and helpful with after care and follow-up appointments. If I had any other needs they would be on the top of my list.