Yes. Fatality is a risk with any surgery. There are many studies on the risk
of death from liposuction. Some studies say 3 in 100,000 and others report
20-100 deaths per 100,000. The FDA reports the following as possible
complications from liposuction:
Your doctor should take all precautions against infection. Many surgeons
will prescribe antibiotics immediately following liposuction procedures. Risk
of infection can also be reduced if you keep the area clean after surgery. Even
with proper precautions, you may still develop an infection. You could have a
mild infection, easily treated with antibiotics, or a rare but potentially
deadly infection such as toxic shock syndrome.
When the fat is loosened, there is a possibility that a fat clot could
travel into the blood stream to the brain, heart, lungs or other organs. Fat
emboli are sometimes treatable, but can cause permanent disability or death.
You will be watched for symptoms of fat emboli after surgery.
Basically, this happens when the wand or cannula used to collect fat
punctures an internal organ. You may require additional surgery to fix the
wound, and it can of course cause death.
This condition is often treatable. Seroma is a collection of fluid in the
areas where fat was removed.
Nerve Compression and Sensation Changes
These symptoms are common, and can last up to a year and in some cases be
permanent. You may experience increased or decreased sensation or pain from
compressed nerves in the area where liposuction was performed.
Swelling is expected after liposuction surgery. Some swelling can last up to
3 months after surgery, obscuring results.
The skin above the liposuction area could die. This condition could increase
your chances of infection.
Burns and cell damage is possible with Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction.
Your doctor will watch you for symptoms of a fluid imbalance. Fat tissue
contains a lot of fluid, and its removal can cause heart problems, lung fluid,
or kidney problems.
Toxicity from Anesthesia
It is possible to have adverse reactions to the lidocaine used in the fluid.
Symptoms are usually apparent during or directly following surgery, but it is
possible to develop them at home. Be aware that signs include lightheadedness,
restlessness, drowsiness, ringing in the ears, metallic taste, numb lips and
tongue, shivering, muscle twitching, and convulsions.
Be aware of all of these risks and the signs and symptoms associated with