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Liposuction is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the physician is adequately trained.

As a minimum, your surgeon should have basic (core) accredited surgical training with special training in body contouring.
However, it's important to keep in mind that even though a well-trained surgeon and a state-of-the art facility can improve your chance of having a good result, there are no guarantees. Though they are rare, complications can occur. Risks increase if a greater number of areas are treated at the same time, or if the operative sites are larger in size. Removal of a large amount of fat and fluid may require longer operating times than may be required for smaller operations.
Below are some of them with symptoms the patient should pay attention to:

Early complications
Bleeding  and hematoma: Normally is observed a small amount of bleeding trough the skin incisions used in the procedure, colored light red, this is expectable and can happen up to 36h after surgery. The main component of this is the fluid used for the liposuction. In case this situation prolongs or the bleeding is active (a rare situation), you should contact immediately your surgeon. Most of any kind of bleeding occur during the time of recovery in the clinic and most only need close observation and proper use of the elastic garment or some additional measure for local compression by the clinic staff. Hematomas (a local collection of blood under the skin) are infrequent in our experience, the treatment can be observation, suction with a needle or drainage.
Skin and subcutaneous infection: Very infrequent, we take all preventive measures to avoid any microscopic contamination and add extra protection with the use of antibiotics. If present, an infection can develop after 24 to 72h with local swelling, redness and temperature or fever. The treatment consists in the use of antibiotics for few days.

Late complications
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance can occur. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even "baggy," especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
Insufficiently removed fatty tissue: The correction is possible within 4 to 6 months after surgery.
Excessively removed fatty tissue: The correction possible within 4 to 6 months after surgery.
These cases are infrequent and generally can be solved with local anesthesia and you then you can return home the same day of the procedure.

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