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What is liposuction? What are the potential hazards of it?
Posted by Stephan Mackenzie on 22 April 2011 11:18 AM
Liposuction, also called "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy," is a medical procedure in which a surgeon removes fat deposits from the body by first dissolving the fat, then withdrawing it from under the skin. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise and is used only for people who are already normal weight. It is used to remove small areas of fat from specific areas of the body, such as the back of the arms or buttocks. It is not intended for all-over weight loss. Though liposuction is usually safe, all surgery carries some risk. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of the surgery before you proceed. Some potential risks include infection, delayed healing, formation of fat clots or blood clots, excessive fluid loss, damage to the skin or nerves, puncture of the vital organs, and side effects from the anesthesia. Some of these may even be life threatening.
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