Risks and Complications of Smartlipo/Liposculpture
As reported by Shelton, R. M. review article, Tumescent Liposuction, (3/6/08). 15,336 patients studied.
- Infection: 0.34-0.6%.
- Hematoma/seroma: 0.17-1.6%
- Sensory nerve impairment: 0.03-2.6% (not including temporary numbness)
- Significant Skin irregularity: 0.26-2.1%
- Toxic reactions: 0%
- Pulmonary emboli: 0%
- Thrombophlebitis: 0%
- Seizures: 0%
- Viscus perforation: 0%
Reported by Boni, R MD, Safety of Tumescent Liposuction, The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2007. 396,457 patients.
- DEATHS: 0
- Only tumescent anesthesia.
- No systemic or general anesthesia was used.
- Conclusion: "tumescent anesthesia is currently the safest anesthetic technique... because it is impossible to perform liposuction beyond infiltrated areas…"
- Impossible to perforate a hallow viscus or organ as can happen in traditional liposuction under general anesthesia.
As you can see tumescent liposculpture (smartlipo) is an extremely safe procedure if done correctly. There have been no reported deaths according to the American Journal articles cited.
Over the last several years, however, there have been a few unfortunate outcomes which have been extremely pubicized. It is important to note that in all cases the patient was under either general anesthesia or deep sedation.
Tumescent liposculpture if performed using the protocol outlined by Dr. Klein using only local anesthesia is extremely safe.