As with any surgery, liposuction is not without its risks. Contour irregularities-in which skin is left with a wavy, uneven appearance-and swelling, which eventually subsides, are just two of many possible side effects.
However, smaller cannulas and tumescent liposuction have decreased the chances that contour irregularities will form.
The five most significant, but rare, complications from liposuction and liposuction-combination procedures are skin slough (delayed healing and skin scarring) and burns, deep vein thrombophlebitis (blood clots in the legs), pulmonary embolus (clots in the lungs), and excessive blood loss.
Although cases of these complications are few and far between, these are more common with large-volume liposuction and extensive combination procedures.
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