What are the risks of scarring after liposuction?

The liposuction procedure is performed with a tiny incision which will leave tiny scars. We aim at the Cadogan Clinic to make even these tiny scars as inconspicuous as possible. This is how we do it.

We make the scar as small as possible. We use very fine cannulas. We avoid techniques which demand a wide cannula such as the ultrasound methods like Vaser.

We use as few incisions as possible. This is mainly possible with experience, but also use long and sometimes curved cannulas to reach further, avoiding the second scar for the same area.

We are gentle in technique avoiding trauma at the incision. Some techniques generate heat causing burns(ultrasound) and others abrasions. Trauma and heat delay healing and produce bad and sometimes pigmented scars.

Some people make bad scars naturally. These are the keloid and hypertrophic scar formers.

We cannot prevent this, but the Cadogan Clinic is the first clinic in the UK to offer a genetic test to determine whether you are one of these people. If you do have this gene, then it will probably not stop you undergoing liposuction, but we will be prepared and have our Cadogan Clinic Scar management treatments available.

The incisions necessary for liposuction do not present a problem that cannot be overcome and should not deter you from treatment. You just need to know about them and discuss them with your surgeon.

The risks of surgery are:
+ Numbness: it's a temporary condition which the affected area will feel numb for a while.
+ Infections: there is zero probability that a skin infection will occur after liposuction surgery. Sometimes, it can be treated surgically, with the risk of scarring.
+ Internal organ punctures: among other side effect internal organ punctures are extremely rare.
+ Death: Anesthesia can lead to death in rare cases.
+ Kidney or heart problems: The change in the body's fluid levels may cause kidney or heart problems when fluids are injected or suctioned into the body system. This is very rare.
+ Pulmonary embolism: It's life-threatening when fat gets into the blood vessels and transports to the lungs, blocking the distribution in the lungs. This is very rare.
+ Pulmonary edema: it's the accumulation in the lungs when fluid is injected into the body. This is very rare.
+ Allergic reaction: The medications or materials used during surgery may be allergic to the patient.
+ Skin burns: The skin or nerves might be affected by the cannula movement which may cause friction burns. This is rare.

Related FAQs:

Related Treatments

Related Consultants

Related News

Looking for the best clinic, dermatologist or breast surgeon?

Looking for the best clinic, dermatologist or breast surgeon?

The Cadogan Clinic and our leading team of consultants feature…

Considering a Rhinoplasty? Cadogan's Surgeons featured in Glamour

Considering a Rhinoplasty? Cadogan's Surgeons featured in Glamour

Glamour magazine feature two Consultant Plastic Surgeons…

Should we opt for sunshine or supplements to get our daily vitamin D?

Should we opt for sunshine or supplements to get our daily vitamin D?

Dr Susan Mayou, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan…

The Mandelic Peel Reviewed by My Beauty Matches

The Mandelic Peel Reviewed by My Beauty Matches

The editor of My Beauty Matches, a website dedicated to…

Dr Zamani’s Cryo Facial in the Daily Mail

Dr Zamani’s Cryo Facial in the Daily Mail

There are numerous non-surgical treatments available for…

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dermatology

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dermatology

The UK beauty industry is one of the fastest growing sectors…

Colloidal Silver – The Latest Beauty Craze

Colloidal Silver – The Latest Beauty Craze

There has been much scrutiny over the “predatory” plastic…

Winter Skin Health

Winter Skin Health

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Catherine Borysiewicz was featured…

“Try Before You Buy” Cadogan Clinic’s Crisalix technology in the media

“Try Before You Buy” Cadogan Clinic’s Crisalix technology in the media

Many technological advances are being made to empower consumers…

Aesthetics Awards Accolade for the Cadogan Clinic

Aesthetics Awards Accolade for the Cadogan Clinic

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Highly…

Mimi Bouchard’s Breast Augmentation Journey at The Cadogan Clinic

Mimi Bouchard’s Breast Augmentation Journey at The Cadogan Clinic

Mimi Bouchard, star of television series Made in Chelsea,…

Dr John Ferguson shares his Top Tips For Sun Protection

Dr John Ferguson shares his Top Tips For Sun Protection

Always remember that successfully protecting yourself from…