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Negligent liposuction is more common than you may believe. Problems arise in regards to anaesthesia, tissue and organ damage as well as infections due to inadequate after care. Our liposuction solicitors deal with no win no fee* compensation claims for personal injury as a result of medical negligence. For free advice from a liposuction negligence solicitor just call the helpline or send the contact form or email our solicitors offices.

Liposuction Negligence Information

In general, liposuction is a simple procedure involving the use of a cannula inserted into fatty areas of the body through small incisions. The cannula contains holes in it and the outside aspect of the cannula is attached to a strong suction device that sucks out fat. The cannula is moved around the tissues, creating tissue planes and making sure the fat is sucked out in such a way that it isn't obvious. The tissue planes or "tunnels" collapse, and the body is better contoured. The small incisions are closed up using sutures and the person recovers without difficulty.

There is a certain degree of risk in every medical procedure or surgery. This is also true with liposuction. Your doctor should discuss with you the possible risks you might face in liposuction and you should be comfortable with taking those risks. Some risks relate to the specific surgery while others are possible in any type of surgical procedure.

Complications can arise in liposuction procedures but, fortunately, they are not common. If the doctor and staff do everything right, the rate of liposuction complications is very rare. Possible complications of liposuction include having a reaction to anaesthesia, which is usually general anaesthesia. You can have complications due to infection, particularly from Staph or Strep infections. You can have problems with blood clotting (or not clotting properly). Milder problems include scarring, skin numbing, pigment changes in the skin and bruising. The main complications of liposuction include:

  • Prolonged healing
  • Life threatening infection or sepsis
  • Allergy to anaesthesia or other medications given
  • Clots of fat or blood that migrate to the lungs, leading to death or extreme illness
  • Fluid accumulation under the skin that needs draining
  • Blood and fluid loss leading to shock and sometimes death
  • Burns secondary to friction
  • Nerve or skin damage
  • Puncture into and damage of vital organs in the body

There can be severe complications from doing excessive liposuction. If too much fat is removed in a single day or too much fat is removed all in one place, there can be sagging skin, lumps beneath the skin and dents or tracts in the skin if the liposuction was done too close to the actual skin itself. The side effects of anaesthesia are greater if the procedure takes a long time. It is, in fact, better to have several liposuction procedures done a week apart or more.

The minor complications seen in liposuction are not life threatening but can be more than annoying. They include hematoma formation (blood clot under the skin), bruising, lumpy look to the site, scars, sagging skin, skin necrosis in isolated areas, fainting spells, nerve damage causing numbness and mild drug reactions. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these things because there are things you can do to make them better.

More severe complications of liposuction are not common but still are possible. This includes cardiac arrest, cardiac rhythm problems, adverse reaction to medications or anesthesia, pulmonary embolus, deep vein thrombosis (deep blood clot in the legs), permanent damage to nerves, brain damage from an anesthetic complication, shock from excessive blood and fluid loss and damage to vital organs.

Doctors can minimize complications from liposuction by doing liposuction in small quantities and not removing too much fat at one time. Make sure you see a surgeon who is willing to discuss the risks and has had few complications in the past. Disclose your entire medical history with your doctor to avoid those complications that can be avoided. Make sure you follow preoperative and postoperative instructions from your doctor because it can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome.

Liposuction Solicitors - Medical Negligence

Thousands of compensation claims are initiated every year in the United Kingdom by medical negligence solicitors on behalf of people from all walks of life. A multitude of operations and procedures are executed successfully however a small percentage do go wrong, laying the grounds for medical negligence solicitors to take legal action in order to claim compensation. The no win no fee* scheme is available to pursue liposuction medical negligence compensation claims. Please contact our liposuction solicitors for help pursuing your claim.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here