Liposuction – The Risks and Benefits

Liposuction is a largely cosmetic procedure that is designed to remove fat and help shape problem areas. This procedure does carry some risks as well and it is important that you understand the risks you are taking as well as the potential side effects that are par for the course when it comes to liposuction. It helps put things into perspective when you consider the benefits along side the risks of this plastic surgery procedure.

Benefits of Liposuction

The benefits of liposuction go beyond the mere physical. Some people are self conscious to the point of pain about the condition of their bodies or certain problem areas. A better self image is more than worth the expense of liposuction to many people who have struggled with sculpting and/or shaping their bodies with fat and weight loss goals for years. The mental benefits alone are worth giving serious weight when measuring the pros and cons of liposuction and should not be easily dismissed.

Physical benefits include changes in the way you look. Liposuction can be used to not only change the shape of your body but you can also choose the areas that liposuction targets so that it impacts the way your clothes look on you as well as the clothes you can fit into. If you’ve struggled with sculpting and toning your body liposuction can help achieve the overall look you are hoping to.

Risks of Liposuction

There are plenty of risks and potential side effects that go hand in hand with liposuction. If you are considering this procedure it would be remiss not to carefully take stock of these risks before deciding to embark on this particular journey. The highlights, when it comes to risk, include: infection, drug reactions, organ damage, scarring, excess skin, and even death. This is not something to be taken lightly.

Antibiotics are generally prescribed afterwards in order to fight off potential infections. If you experience a high fever or other symptoms of an infection after liposuction you should not wait but return immediately to your physician to check things out immediately.

Education is the best tool you can bring with you to your liposuction procedure if you elect, like many other Americans each year to go through with it. Despite the risks, liposuction continues to be one of the most often performed cosmetic procedures. The recovery time for liposuction is relatively short requiring you to wear a special garment for up to 3 weeks. During this time you may experience discomfort, pain, numbness, and swelling in the area where the surgery was performed.

You will want to move around as soon as possible (including walking) after the surgery in order to prevent blood clots from forming though you will not want to participate in exercises or exertion that are more strenuous than walking for several weeks after your procedure. The best news for many considering liposuction is that you can generally return to work within a few days of having the surgery performed.

So there you go.

Only you can decide if liposuction is a valid option for you but you should be able to make an informed decision if you ask plenty of questions and gather all the facts.

Risks and Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Despite the slow economy in the United States, more Americans than ever are having plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) over 13 million procedures were performed last year. That’s up by 5%.

The most common surgeries are breast augmentation at 318,123, liposuction at 289,016, and blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery at 152,123.

So why is plastic and cosmetic surgery so much in demand and what risks are people taking to get it?

The most obvious reason is that people want to look good and looking younger always helps in looking good. Plastic surgery boosts self-confidence. Not only do a person’s looks improve but he or she improves their attitude about themselves. Employers are more likely to hire them and others to find them attractive. If a person is overweight as well, weight loss surgery can help regain their youthful slimness faster and more permanently than dieting alone.

In today’s culture aging has no credibility at all. When so many multi-millionaires in Silicon Valley are under 30, getting older doesn’t even mean getting wiser, or more prosperous. In a recent study published by ASAPS people who had cosmetic surgery had no problems being identified by college students as 10 years younger than their actual age.

However, even with today’s technological advances, plastic surgery is still no cake walk. It is surgery and that carries automatic risks, such as:

  • blood clots
  • excessive or unexpected bleeding
  • infection
  • tissue death
  • paralysis
  • loss or change of sensation
  • incomplete healing
  • anesthesia malfunction
  • pneumonia
  • secondary surgeries
  • no satisfaction with results
  • nerve damage
  • obsession with more surgeries
  • high debt or bankruptcy due to cost

The last one should not be discounted. Though cosmetic surgery may be popular, a typical face lift costs between $4,000-$10,000 and a breast lift, between $3,000-$6,000 in the U.S. Unless it is associated with an accident or illness most employer insurance does not cover plastic surgery. Even countries that have government health insurance do not cover plastic surgery that is for cosmetic reasons only.

Saving on plastic surgery costs in Mexico

One way to cut costs considerably is to travel to Mexico. Places like Tijuana, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez and Puerto Vallarta are very easy to reach from the U.S. and welcome foreign patients.

Bad news has been reported about charlatans in Mexico promising miracle cures, or offering unbelievably low prices. However, Mexico also has very professional, highly competent hospitals and doctors that can match the quality and standards of any in the U.S. Many are affiliated with American hospitals.

Plastic surgery costs performed by highly proficient surgeons, in clean and modern hospitals, with the state-of-the-art equipment can still come to as much as 90% lower than the cost of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. In many cases the hospitals will arrange pickup and delivery of patients from and to the border as well as airports or other transportation sites. Comfortable resort areas for recovery — away from violent or dangerous areas — can also be part of the package deal.

For those who believe they deserve to look as good as they feel — and have checked out the risks with their own doctors — travel to Mexico can make plastic surgery financially worth the effort.