The Risks of Body Contouring Surgery Procedures

All surgeries involve some risks and possible complications. Several types of  body lift procedures, especially a full lower body lift or circumferential lipectomy, are major surgery. Although some of these lifts can be done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia for some people, they are still considered surgery and carry some risks.

Can Different Types of Body Contouring Surgery Be Combined?

Different types of body contouring surgery can be combined and performed at the same time. A person can undergo a tummy tuck and have liposuction on his or her hips at the same time, for example. Combining surgical procedures is done all the time and is usually quite safe, but it increases the length of the surgery and your time under anesthesia and can increase the risks of a complication.

Body Contouring Surgery Complications

Surgical complications can and do happen. The majority of body contouring procedures go well and have results that are wonderful. However, this is surgery and no surgery is completely predictable. Complications during and after body contouring surgery can include allergic reactions to the anesthesia, infection, excessive scarring, or dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure.

Body Contouring Surgery Scars

With most body contouring procedures, there can be extensive scarring. A thigh lift can involve an incision down the inside of the leg almost to or to the knee. An arm lift can leave a scar down to the elbow. And a body lift can have an incision around the entire body, probably the longest incision in all of cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon will try to put the incision in the least conspicuous spot, but you will still be left with a scar.

The size of the incisions also means that there is a risk of poor healing or infection in the wound, or of the incision opening up again. Other risks of a body lift include bleeding, fluid accumulation skin loss, temporary or permanent numbness in the skin around the incision, and persistent pain. Because you will have limitations in your mobility for a few weeks after your surgery, you may be at risk for blood clots that can lead to a clot in a deep vein or artery or that can move to the heart, lungs, or brain, which in turn can cause a heart attack, stroke, or death.

No list of surgical complications is complete without noting that you may be unhappy with the results. You may dislike the scars, have asymmetry, or recurrent loose skin. You may need a secondary surgerya revisionto fix problems from the first procedure.

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