Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in plastic surgery industry. And because of its popularity, the number of patients who experience liposuction related complications is also very high. Although liposuction is considered a considerably safe procedure, there are still risks of possible complications caused by liposuction procedures. The most common liposuction complications are:

  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Scars
  • Irregular Contours
  • Loose Skin
  • Asymmetry
  • Skin Sensation Loss/Changes

 In this article, we will be informing you about these complications.


Liposuction burns are a rare but dangerous side effect of the procedure. Friction from the cannula or the high temperatures involved with laser and ultrasound liposuction techniques might cause them. If the surgeon is extremely forceful during the fat removal process, you’re more prone to have burns. 

If you think you’ve had a burn, call your doctor right away and get the help you need. Compression garments, belly boards, and foams should not be worn when treating a burn. Direct pressure should not be applied to the area since this may result in further injury. Massages are included in this.

Your doctor may prescribe you a burn cream for treatment. However, if the burn is more severe, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may also be needed.

Hperbaric oxygen therapy includes exposing the body to 100% oxygen at a higher pressure than you would ordinarily encounter. To heal correctly, wounds require oxygen, and exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen might hasten the healing process. Look into alternative therapeutic options; Manuka honey contains antibacterial characteristics and helps wound healing, according to study.


Liposuction does not necessitate huge incisions. As a consequence, the scars that occur should be minor, well-healed, and difficult to see. Unfortunately, if the treatment is performed incorrectly, unattractive scars might result, which is why it is critical to choose your plastic surgeon wisely. Because of the symmetry, poor liposuction scars can be quite noticeable, causing patients discomfort.

Following liposuction, the physician may advise you to wear compression garments over the area where the fat deposits were removed. By following your doctor’s recommendations and wearing these garments appropriately, you can reduce your chance of scarring from the operation.

Despite the fact that liposuction is a common procedure, it nevertheless necessitates a high level of accuracy, ability, and delicacy. Select a cosmetic surgeon who focuses scar avoidance and personally seals every wounds to avoid unattractive liposuction scars.

Irregular Contours

Contour irregularities are the most prevalent problem after liposuction. The surgical area is initially swollen after liposuction and may look to have a nice contour and the patient may be delighted, only to be dissatisfied many months later when the swelling subsides. They’ll notice depressions, divots, and a rippling effect as time goes on. Uneven fat removal and poor skin elasticity are the most common causes of these side effects, which can be permanent if left untreated.

Your surgeon should evaluate the condition of your skin before your treatment to see whether you’re at risk for this complication, as it will limit how aggressively they can remove the excess volume.

A variety of factors that you and your surgeon will need to evaluate before to and after the treatment will determine the likelihood and severity of the condition.

If you are unhappy with the results, you may need corrective reverse liposuction, but most surgeons will need you to wait at least six months to see if the problem goes away on its own.

Loose Skin

One of the most prevalent adverse effects of liposuction is loose skin. Your skin may seem loose without its underlying support once your excess fat has been gone. The more fat that is eliminated, the looser your skin will become. If your skin is naturally elastic, it may recover over time depending on how aggressively the surgeon removes fat. If it isn’t, your skin will likely partially recoil, giving you a smaller silhouette and unwanted loose skin, thus swapping one problem for another.

It is crucial that a patient follows their surgeon’s aftercare guidelines in order to aid the body’s recovery after liposuction. Following surgery, compression garments or bras must be worn for six to eight weeks. A liposuction garment helps the body recuperate by compressing the patient’s new form. This aids healing by allowing the skin to adhere to the tissues and preventing fluid retention. Wearing a clothing minimizes the likelihood of wrinkled and slack skin.


During the liposuction procedure, the excess fat should be removed evenly to avoid asymmetrical results. However, this is a very delicate process and it is very difficult to carry out the fat removal procedure perfectly. Because of this, asymmetry after liposuction is a common complication.

Liposuction is frequently performed hastily and with patients in poor placement on the operating table. This will almost always result in unbalanced outcomes.

To avoid this, your surgeon should identify your treatment regions exactly before the operation and remove extra fat as evenly as possible. They can make sure that both sides of your body are the same form and size following surgery in this way.

Loss Or Changes In Skin Sensation

Some people feel numbness or increased sensitivity in the treatment area after liposuction. This is due to the fact that surgery frequently disrupts the tiny nerve fibers that pass through the fat layer to reach the skin surface. Do not be frightened; feeling will most probably gradually return over the course of many weeks. When an experienced cosmetic surgeon performs the treatment appropriately and carefully, these alterations are nearly typically transitory and should fade within a few months.

However, in some rare cases, this situation may also be permanent. There are several treatment methods to cope with these permanent sensation changes. Although most of these treatments are not able to recover the sensation 100% correctly, they help the patient to get rid of the discomfort and recover a portion of the sensation.