The Potential Dangers of Ultrasonic Liposuction

While modern forms of ultrasonic liposuction make this a relatively low impact operation, every medical procedure carries the risk of negative side effects. This means that while there certainly are benefits to ultrasonic liposuction, there are also some potential side effects and dangers to this type of cosmetic surgery that patients need to know about before getting treated. This type of cosmetic operation is used in treating parts of the body that tend to hold onto fat cells despite exercise and diet. Because of this particular method’s most common uses, this is also sometimes referred to as a lipo-sculpting.

This specific liposuction process begins with tumescent fluid being injected directly into the unwanted deposits of fat cells. That fluid is a blended compound that is designed to react to ultrasonic waves. Ultrasonic waves are then applied directly to the region to “liquefy” the fat deposits which then allows the liquid slush to be directly removed from the body.

There are some risks to ultrasonic liposuction even though this is considered a relatively low impact type of procedure. Heat is applied to the area to help the process of melting fat cells away. Because of this, while the risks are remote, there are risks of burning, blistering, or scarring to the immediate area of treatment. Generally, the risks of this are minimal as long as you are being treated by a skilled plastic surgeon.

There are also minor risks of burns, or nerve damage such as permanent numbness or tingling. These risks are much higher with very old machines that are even 30+ years old. Newer equipment is designed to minimize these possible ultrasonic liposuction side effects as much as possible.

So look for an excellent cosmetic surgeon using modern equipment, and you are far more likely to avoid any possible negative side effects from ultrasonic liposuction.