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Is lipoplasty a life-threatening procedure?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Lipoplasty, more commonly known as liposuction, can be a life-threatening procedure, but it usually is not. There is a risk of serious complications that may become life-threatening, such as an adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, shock, organ puncture, and serious infection. If you are concerned about potentially life-threatening complications, talk to your doctor about your risk for them. Your risk will be related to a number of factors, including your health history and how expansive an area the surgery covers.

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