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Liposuction Risks and Complications

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When diet and exercise don’t seem to help in getting rid of stubborn fat, liposuction may be an ideal choice. Advancements in liposuction techniques have improved a great deal over the years, but like with any surgery, there is the possibility of risks and complications.

At Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & , we want to make sure that you make the best possible decision for yourself. Contact us at 248-723-9370 for a consultation and our Detroit cosmetic surgeon will go over any risks during your consultation and help alleviate any concerns you may have before you choose to proceed with the procedure.


With improved techniques over the last several years, liposuction has become easier and increasingly safer than what it once was. Although not too common, the following are various risks that some people may experience after liposuction:

  • Worsening of cellulite
  • Loose skin
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Irregular contours
  • Changes in the sensation of the skin
  • Bruising
  • Thermal burn (only with ultrasound-assisted technique)
  • Poor healing

Every surgery come with certain risks, however, great precaution will always be taken during the procedure to help ensure minimal effects.


Major complications that may occur with liposuction are a rare occurrence, but it is important that you are well informed of any possible complications. Those who have liposuction done in multiple areas or a larger area have an increased risk for adverse effects.

Some of which can include:

  • Fluid buildup
  • Persistent swelling
  • Seroma

The following outcomes are extremely rare and may occur due to additional risk factors which will be discussed during your consultation:

  • Embolism
  • Infections
  • Visceral perforations
  • Skin necrosis
  • Toxicity from anesthesia
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Not everyone is a candidate for liposuction. Dr. Rifai will take all the time necessary to discuss your potential candidacy. Certain health conditions may prevent you from being considered for the procedure. During your consultation, make sure to be completely honest about any health conditions you had or currently may have as certain conditions can result in serious health complications.

If you are ready to learn more about liposuction and whether or not it is the best choice for your individualized needs, please call 248-723-9370 to schedule a consultation with Detroit cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai. We proudly serve patients located in and around Southfield, Port Huron, Birmingham, and Jackson, Michigan.

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