When you choose a reputable cosmetic surgeon, back liposuction is a relatively safe procedure. Nevertheless, like any surgery, it carries some risks and possible complications. You should be aware of these before you make a final decision about treatment.
The back has especially sensitive skin. Also, the way that fat collects in this problem area can make it harder to treat. While a cosmetic surgeon can safely perform lipo of the back, he or she must be skilled and experienced.
The Problem of Hyperpigmentation
One common complication associated with lipo of the back is hyperpigmentation. Blotchy or uneven discoloration of the skin is more common here than on other parts of the body. Often, hyperpigmentation is permanent. Nevertheless, people can have it treated with laser skin rejuvenation or other nonsurgical options.
The surgeon can minimize the risk by making the smallest possible amount of incisions during the surgery. Also, he or she should use the smallest cannula. With these precise tools, the surgeon can minimize the trauma to the back’s skin. When there is an entry wound made on the back, it’s more likely to result in hyperpigmentation. Therefore, a skilled surgeon will make incisions laterally whenever possible. This will also minimize the risk of unattractive scarring.
A thick dermal tissue layer instead of a deep subdermal compartment forms the fat on the back. It’s this positioning that makes the chance of excess superficial liposuction higher. When you damage the underside of your skin, permanent discoloration can be the result. This is erythema ab lipoaspiration. In the worst-case scenario, this could result in necrosis (or death) of the skin tissue. As a result, an unsightly, large scar can form that won’t fade with time. Therefore, you need to choose an experienced surgeon who will avoid damage to the skin.
Recovery and Post-Operative Care
After liposuction, you will receive a fitted compression garment to wear during your recovery. By simply moving as you normally would, this garment applies sufficient pressure to aid the treated area in healing. It’s imperative, though, that you follow your cosmetic surgeon’s advice post-operatively. You must avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as he or she told you. You must also avoid taking certain medications. If your surgeon prescribed you drugs, you should take them as he or she instructed. You should also limit your movement for a few days and avoid strenuous exercise until you’ve received the go-ahead. If you adhere to the instructions given to you by your surgeon, the chances of complications will be minimal.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
The single most important thing you can do to minimize risk is to choose the right surgeon. It’s vital to do your research thoroughly. Any surgeon may offer cosmetic procedures, but not all are suitably experienced in the field. You must choose a trained professional who has plenty of experience to ensure optimal results.
Here at Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery, we’re lucky to have Dr. Su as our resident liposuction expert. Not only is he an extremely skilled surgeon, but he is also a pioneer in his field, having developed impressive new techniques. When you choose Artlipo for your back lipo, you can be confident that you’ll be in the safest hands.
Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you minimize this procedure’s risks. We can offer you professional advice and answer all the questions you may have. We can also arrange your consultation with Dr. Su to discuss your needs. He can tell you if you are a good candidate for back liposuction and arrange your procedure.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.