Does safety play a role in which liposuction procedure you should select? It does, and here’s why. Smart Lipo is the safest of all liposuction options. This 21st century procedure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. Just how safe is it? Since its FDA approval Smart Lipo has never had a serious or life threatening complication. Chief among the reasons for this stellar safety record is that Smart Lipo is performed using local anesthesia rather than the more common general anesthesia that accompanies many of the traditional liposuction procedures. Since being introduced to the United States in 2005 Smart Lipo has earned a reputation nationwide for its safety.
When traditional liposuction is performed using either a local or a general anesthesia there can be significant complications. These include anesthesia reactions, organ puncture, infection, blood clots, severe hematomas, and contour irregularities. In fact the nationwide mortality rate for all procedures done using a general anesthesia is 3 – 5%. It stands to reason that simply avoiding general surgery is in your best interest.
Add to this startling statistic some of the other known side effects possible when undergoing traditional liposuction gives one cause to think. Incidents of excessive bleeding, surgical scarring, incision infection, and reactions to medications all add up to red flags that you need to openly discuss with your physician.
Smart Lipo practitioners enjoy the safest liposuction method in the United States. You, as a perspective patient, need to ask the tough questions of your treating physician. A question like how safe is the procedure? What is your success rate with this procedure? What is the safest possible method should I choose liposuction? These are important questions and deserve both your attention and the attention of your physician.
In addition to these very serious consequences of a procedure gone wrong here’s a list of other areas where traditional liposuction has produced problems:
[Note: These side effects are unusual occurrences, but never the less are events that can occur.]
- Abnormal body contour
- Anesthesia reaction
- Death (approximately 1 in 10,000)
- Depression (mild depression is normally following elective surgery)
- DVT (Blood Clot)
- Fat Embolus (less than 0.1%)
- Heart Failure
- Keloid (heavy scar)
- Nerve damage
- Perforation of bowel or abdominal wall
- Permanent numbness (risk is less than 1%)
- Reactions to medications
- Seroma (fluid collection under skin)
- Skin irregularities
- Skin death (necrosis)
- Slow healing
- Visible scar