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Liposuction Risks & Safety

All surgical procedures carry some risk. One of the many benefits of consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon Beverly Hills & Los Angeles is reduction of risk. The rigors of passing the standard for board certification are strict. This ensures that patients are in the care of surgeons who have many years of experience in all surgical procedures, but particularly in their specialty. Dr. Sean Younai, a top liposuction surgeon in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles has performed thousands of liposuction procedures throughout his long career in his fully accredited surgical facility, Regency Surgical Center.

Safety for Patients

Dr. Younai carefully screens his prospective patients for any risk factors that might compromise their safety. This may disqualify some people from receiving liposuction and if this is the case, an alternative treatment will be offered if possible.

Preoperative blood work and urine testing is done 10 days before surgery. Patients with anemia or low blood count will be given an iron supplement well before surgery. Patients with known medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, must have the condition well controlled and under supervision by their doctor before liposuction can be done.

Regency Surgical Center

Dr. Younai offers his patients the safety and comfort of his state-of-the-art, Medicare, AAAHC and AAAASF certified surgical center. This facility operates like a hospital with fully equipped surgical suites, recovery rooms and the latest in monitoring equipment. More importantly, the center employs board-certified anesthesiologists and specialist registered nurses. There is a direct transfer agreement with Encino Hospital, located within a few hundred yards of Regency Surgical Center.

Minor Complications of Liposuction

There are several short-term consequences of liposuction surgery. While most resolve in a few weeks, some conditions become permanent due to body structure, the effects of prior incomplete liposuction or noncompliance with postoperative instructions.

Some of these conditions are:

Changes in skin sensation

  • Usually resolves in 2 to 4 months
  • Can result in increased or decreased sensation at the treatment site

Swelling

  • Normal in every patient
  • Compression garments minimize swelling and shorten recovery time

Bruising

  • Will occur at the treatment site and adjacent areas
  • Greatly reduced using tumescent liposuction method
  • Sun tanning can cause these bruises to become permanent skin stains

Skin wrinkles or irregularities

  • Skin elasticity determines the extent of skin irregularities
  • Massage helps to smooth skin surface

Muscle spasm

  • Common after surgery
  • Easily treated with heat and massage
  • Resolves by itself

Pain and discomfort

  • Pain level varies between individuals, described as pain associated with an over-strenuous workout session
  • Sometimes a stabbing pain occurs in treated area
  • Easily managed by pain medication
  • Patients with chronic pain syndrome rarely can have a worsening of the baseline pain

Asymmetry

  • Very slight differences between two sides of the body may be noticeable in patients with scoliosis or spine misalignment

Seroma or fluid collection

  • Pooling blood serum may accumulate after Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
  • Rarely occurs with standard tumescent liposuction
  • Easily treated by draining with a small needle in surgeon’s office