Complications specific to liposuction are infrequent and usually minor. However, as with any surgery, there are risks, including the possibility of:
- Bleeding under the skin (hematoma) after the surgery
- Lumpy red scars
- Infection requiring antibiotics and in some cases hospitalization
- Irregularities in skin contour
- Permanent changes to the color of the skin, and some loss of normal feeling in those areas
- Pulmonary edema
- Allergic reaction in some patients to fluid used in tumescent liposuction
- Reaction to the anesthesia
There may be significant bruising and swelling after surgery which may take several months to settle completely. Risks can be reduced by following the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery. The FAQ question "What are the risks of plastic and cosmetic surgery?"
has additional details on risks and how to minimize them.