Laser lipo is considered a safe-cure to remove excess fat in the body however just like with any other medical procedures, sometimes the treatment could go wrong. Below we listed down everything that one needs to know about some of the most common complications of this treatment.
1. Loose Skin
Excess fat causes skin to stretch this is why after the procedure, the skin loses its elasticity and results in the appearance of loose skin especially in the treated area. Within four to six months, the skin usually regains its firmness however there are cases in which it doesn’t and would require surgery to eliminate the excess skin.
2. Surgical Risks
Liposuction posts risks in the body as it could only take limited amount of surgical trauma. Although the procedure is safe, it is possible for the body to experience, bleeding, infections, nerve injury, and skin ulcerations. Swelling, numbness, and bruising may also occur however they should only last temporarily.
3. Skin Numbness
After the procedure, the nerve of the treated area may lose sensitivity due to trauma thus the patient may feel numbness. Temporary neuropraxia or the loss of never conduction is associated with this complications. Typically, it shall disappear within the next 6-12 weeks after the procedure however there are cases in which the numbness could be felt for much longer.
4. Minor Scarring
Scarring is common for patients who undergo liposuction; this is because incisions are necessary during the procedure thus leaving scars. Incisions heal quickly and are usually closed with one (1) to two (2) stitches. Once healed, they might leave small scars in the treated area which disappear in about six (6) to twelve (12) months.
5. Incision Sites Hyperpigmentation
Incisions needed to perform the treatment can leave the skin with inflammatory injury. Some skin cells containing melanin substance may break and spread internally which in turn could be ingested by macrophage cells. When it persists for a long time, this can cause hyperpigmentation. Friction from the in and out movement of the incisions is the clear cause of hyperpigmentation.
6. Skin Necrosis
Skin necrosis or death of the affected skin may occur after the procedure. Incisions done during the procedure may cause injury to the vascular supply of the skin. This injury may be partial or full depending on the intensity of the incisions however some partial injury may lead to full thickness skin death if complicated by infections.
After the procedure, lumpiness is expected. This is part of the healing process of the body from the injury caused by the treatment. After the surgery, lumpiness is expected to be more noticeable within one (1) to two (2) weeks. Bimodal compression and open-drainage are some of the treatments used to minimize the intensity and duration of this side effect.
Liposuction is a great procedure to drastically change and reduce harmful fats in the body. It has also been proven safe and effective by science evident in the many patients who successfully gained their dream body because of this. However, it is best to understand that procedure such as laser lipo treatment can also be harmful especially if it is not performed efficiently and safely by trusted professionals. At the end of the day, it is still recommended to lose weight organically through eating healthy and exercising.