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How dangerous is liposuction?

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While liposuction has some risks, it is a relatively safe, simple and low-pain procedure as of 2015, according to WebMD. The evolution of several techniques, including tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction, forms a big part of the enhanced safety.

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Infections are among the most common health risks after liposuction, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Embolisms are a serious risk because fat trapped in blood vessels may get into the lungs or brain. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to mitigate infection risks. Pooling of blood where tissue is removed can cause problems as well. Visceral perforations, nerve compression, swelling and burns are additional risks.

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