Liposuction Errors

Liposuction Errors / Cosmetic Surgery Negligence 

Cosmetic surgery is elective in nature and can be used to improve the aesthetic or physical appearance. The process involved in liposuction is the removal of fats from your body using suction.  Small blunt tubes called cannula are inserted through tiny cuts in the skin and the fat is suctioned out through these tubes, targeting specific fatty deposits.  Liposuction Errors can happen as with any procedure, however, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you sustain serious ongoing infect, disfigurement or another result of liposuction errors.  

There are various forms of the liposuction procedure including:

  • Laser-assisted liposuction –  Low energy waves are used to liquify the fat and this is then removed through a small cannula.
  • Tumescent liposuction – Local anaesthetic numbs the area that the tube will be inserted into and then an anaesthetic solution is injected into the fatty tissue (this solution contains epinephrine and lidocaine).
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction –  Ultrasound is used here to liquify the fat. This makes it easier to remove. This procedure is used particularly for the removal of fat from the back, sides and upper abdomen.

Like any procedure there can be risks involved, which can include:

  • Numbness – this can be temporary or even permanent, with the possibility of nerve irritation.
  • Fluid accumulation –  Further to a procedure, pockets of fluid can form under the skin. They are known as seromas. It may be necessary to have these pockets drained out through a needle.
  • Contour irregularities –  Fat removal can be uneven, causing bumps and waves of the skin and can result in poor skin elasticity and irregular healing patterns.
  • Internal puncture –  On the rarer occasion, a cannula may perforate the area being worked on and can penetrate deeper into the body and could result in the puncture of an organ.
  • Fat embolism – When fat is being broken down, deposits that have loosened may break away and become trapped in a blood vessel and can travel around the body to major organs. This would be a medical emergency and immediate medicate assistance should be sought.

It should be noted that this procedure should not be used as a substitute for a proper diet and is not to be used to treat obesity.

Please note that cosmetic surgery practitioners in Ireland are currently not regulated, so it is for this reason that a person should exercise extreme caution and do all the necessary checks when considering a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Your cosmetic surgeon must explain the following points prior to surgery:

  • The benefits and pitfalls of cosmetic enhancement
  • Allow you time to consider your options
  • Thoroughly discuss risks and possible alternative and viable treatments
  • Ultimately, perform any chosen procedure with the utmost care and proper skill.
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