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When should I call my doctor if I had liposuction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Patients should contact their surgeon immediately after liposuction for signs of infection, bleeding, difficulty breathing or pain in the legs. Bleeding is rare after liposuction, especially using the tumescent technique (epinephrine vasoconstriction effect). However, seeing fresh blood under the dressings may be a sign of venous or arterial bleeding. Infection may include cellulitis, staph infection, or both. Contact your doctor for signs of redness, fever greater than 101.5, or increased swelling or pain. A deep venous thrombus is associated with severe calf pain. This clot may migrate to the pelvic veins, inferior vena cava, and the pulmonary veins (pulmonary embolus). If left untreated may be Fatal.

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