March 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #54: Liposuction Complications

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While you're thinking about your new body, consider the complications that may result from liposuction. You've already advised your doctor that smaller rods are better. Here are some other common commplications and ways you can elminate them. In the tumescent liposuction and super-wet liposuction procedures, which use the same injected solution, too-high lidocaine levels may be toxic. Ask about the specific lidocaine content. Blood clots may occur, especially in the legs. Ask your surgeon to use compression devices to squeeze your thighs during liposuction surgery and keep the blood flowing. Fat embolisms usually happen when a surgeon uses too-large rods. But you've already taken care of that. Bruising and swelling go with surgery.

But to avoid excess bruising and swelling, your doctor can increase the amount of epinephrine or adrenaline in the tumescent fluid. The usual concentration is 1 to 1 million parts of adrenaline. The increased adrenaline also reduces pain. If your doctor doesn't perform any of these steps during body sculpting and liposuction, ask why. The financial and physical cost of liposuction shouldn't outweigh the benefits of a brand new you.

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