Rare Complications from Liposuction

There are rare complications that all liposuction Mexico patients should be made aware of. It is possible for a blood clot to form and move to the lungs. Although rare, this is a serious complication. It is possible that major organs can be punctured while the doctor is using the cannula to break up and remove fat.

If excessive intravenous fluids are administered during surgery, fluid can accumulate in the lungs, causing pulmonary edema. This is a serious condition that can result in death. Often, intravenous fluids are not necessary as tumescent fluid is used during liposuction to replace any fluid that may be lost during surgery.

Rare Complications

Anesthesia Complications

Liposuction deaths happen mostly due to cerebral damage and seizures. Excessively administered general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation fluids usually cause it. Restlessness, drowsiness, shivering, muscular convulsions, tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), slurred speech, bad taste in the mouth, and lips & tongue numbness are some primary symptoms of anesthetic overdose.

Pulmonary Thromboembolism

General anesthesia, excessive surgical stress, and obesity may often catalyze post liposuction blood clot formation in the lungs.

Fat Embolism

Dislodged fat enters the bloodstream and blocks the veins of the lungs. The adipose (fat) tissues may even reach the brain. This obstruction can stimulate a stroke or a cardiac arrest.


In this condition, the veins swell due to clot formation.


Heavy blood loss is very rare in liposuction. However, when a large volume (over 10 pounds) of fat is removed, the chances of blood loss are high. In a standard liposuction, the blood loss is quite low, especially when conducted on local anesthesia. The blood loss may be higher, if the patient consumed aspirin or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) even a few days before the operation. Bleeding may also be an issue when the patient has a tendency for the same. This may climax up to hemorrhage.

Pulmonary Edema

Transpires when fluid accumulates in the lungs. The tumescent technique employs diluted local anesthetic fluid, which effectively compensates for any liquid deficit during liposuction. Any more fluid infusion may prove excessive, causing pulmonary edema.

Nerve Damage

In rare cases, the nerves may rupture or the nerve endings may get damaged, resulting in a loss of sensation or tingling in the area. It is usually an aftermath of UAL.

Skin Necrosis

Skin necrosis is the death of skin cells in a body area due to the bursting of blood vessels there.


Injury during liposuction may cause the blood or serum to leak and settle under the skin, in subcutaneous pockets.

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