laser liposuction risks

Risks of Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction is a very effective method to remove fat deposits from your body. Problem is, if you regain the weight after your liposuction treatment, the bulges of fat that were removed during the process will return.

Right after surgery, you will be able to notice some improvements in the contour of your body. These improvements may continue to be seen for weeks after the procedure as the swelling continues to reduce. It could take several months for you to see the full effects of the laser liposuction procedure.


There are some risks associated with laser liposuction but is typically considered safe when done in a properly equipped facility by an experienced doctor. The risk of complications may increase if you are having a large area treated. Some of the most common side effects of laser liposuction include:

  • Treated areas being numb, sore, bruised or swollen temporarily.
  • Minor scarring and irritation in an area where the incision was made.
  • Skin that is rippling or baggy. It may take a few months for the skin to tighten around the area. Some people may have loose skin indefinitely.
  • Changes in the color of the skin in the area.
  • Skin that is uneven on the surface around the treated area.
  • Some damage to the skin and nerves may be possible.

After the procedure, if you gain weight, the fat in your body may be stored in a different place. Some of this fat may grow inside your body around your liver, heart, or other organs. This could potentially be harmful to your health, more so than fat in other parts of your body. Therefore, anyone who undergoes laser liposuction needs to be careful to not gain excess weight after the procedure.

Potential Complications

It is extremely rare for anyone to die from laser liposuction, but it can happen. Your risks are increased if you have health problems, are obese, or if you have a large amount of fat removed. Some potential complications include:

  • The shock from excessive fluid and blood loss is possible but extremely unlikely.
  • Life-threatening conditions caused by blood clots or fat clots traveling to the lungs.
  • Fluid buildup in the lungs.
  • An infection, though antibiotics can be given to prevent this.
  • Having a toxic reaction to the solution injected.
  • Abdominal organs being punctured.

Laser liposuction should never be performed on anyone who is pregnant, has a blood clotting disorder, or anyone with severe heart problems.


If you are interested in have a laser liposuction done, it is important to find a doctor with specialized training who can respond to any complications that may arise during surgery. It is also best to have liposuction done while having any other cosmetic procedures to reduce the risk of complications.

Laser liposuction should never be done as a method to lose weight. Instead, a balanced diet and exercise is the best way for anyone to lose weight. The best candidates for laser liposuction are those at a healthy weight who are having problems with pockets of fat that will not respond to exercising.