Risks and Safety

Thousands of patients undergo liposuction every year and experience no complications. Liposuction is a straightforward, minimally invasive procedure that’s relatively safe, but because it is still surgery, there are risks involved. Risks include:


Mild bleeding from the incisions is not uncommon after liposuction surgery. Usually, pressure applied to the bleeding will make it stop, but significant bleeding may require a return to surgery to stop the blood loss.


It is uncommon for our patients to develop an infection following liposuction surgery, but it can happen. Signs of an infection include fever, chills, redness, swelling, or drainage from the incisions. If a patient develops an infection, it may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics.


Some patients might experience either numbness in the treated areas. The symptoms disappear over time, but in rare cases, patients experience persistent numbness.


Although rare, patients may develop persistent, ongoing swelling after surgery. Compression garments and post-operative massage can reduce the duration of swelling and help prevent the development of ongoing inflammation.


Liposuction incisions are extremely small which means that scarring is unlikely, but still, very few patients may be able to see scars even after they’ve healed completely.


Necrosis is the death of tissues such as skin or fat. Necrosis can occur in patients who smoke, or it can develop as a result of an infection, or as a result of the use of steroids. If necrosis develops, additional surgery may be required.

Deformities and irregularities

Rarely, patients develop indentations at the site of their liposuction treatment. This problem may require additional surgery to correct. It tends to occur in patients with diminished skin elasticity.

Risks associated with anesthesia

We use only AwakeLipo to anesthetize patients which is much safer than general anesthesia. With AwakeLipo, patients are lightly sedated and given a local numbing agent (lidocaine). As such, they remain awake and aware, but relaxed and very comfortable throughout their procedure.

Muscle spasm

Many patients experience muscle spasms in the areas treated with liposuction. Gentle massage often relieves the problem. Muscle spasms tend to lessen over the course of a few weeks.