The modern liposuction has been around since the last 1970s and it has become a common aesthetic procedure performed throughout the world. The surgical procedure is performed by making small incisions in the skin whereby a blunt cannula is inserted through the incisions to aspirate fat from the deep subcutaneous layer. To assist in this a solution containing lidocaine, epinephrine, and saline is introduced into the region with the cannula to provide localized anesthesia but also to minimize blood loss.

In brief, the complications of this surgical procedure include infection as the dissected subcutaneous layer can be a good medium for the growth of bacteria. Infections can be as severe as necrotizing fasciitis. Injury to the abdominal wall or even the small bowel with bowel perforation or bowel obstruction. Vascular and lymphatic injury, pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis, shock, and acute renal failure account for the other significant complications of liposuction.

Why is this procedure still used if the complications above mentioned are possible and there is no long term effect on weight loss. The answer is this procedure has been relegated to being a procedure used for “body contouring”. It is accepted that fat is removed during the procedure; however, it is also accepted that the fat will come back as this is not a permanent effect or a solution to obesity. In fact, the effects of the procedure are only known to last a couple of months. Due to this it is a cosmetic procedure. Removing fat has no effect on how fat is generated or the rate at which it is generated. The Metabolism Clinic does not endorse utilizing surgical procedures in an effort to lose weight as these do not address the metabolic errors that are causing the weight gain.


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