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.

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