If you are not healthy, you may be at greater risks for liposuction complications than a healthy person. For example, there is an increased risk of surgical complications associated with a past medical history of immunodeficiency disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, seizure disorders, excessive bleeding, or a significant history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) or pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs).
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. If you are taking certain drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or anticoagulants such as Coumadin (warfarin), then liposuction would not be safe.
. If you are taking certain drugs that inhibit the metabolism of lidocaine, the local anesthetic used in the tumescent technique, then you might be at an increased risk of drug interactions, unless you can discontinue the drug(s) at least two weeks before surgery.
. You will be disappointed if you expect liposuction to be an effective means to lose weight permanently. Liposuction is not proven to be an effective treatment for obesity.
. Patients with poor skin quality (cellulite) are not good candidates for liposuction, as they may develop skin irregularities from under- or overcorrection of localized fat deposits. However in many cases, patients with poor skin elasticity are very happy with their new shape despite the slight wrinkled appearance of the skin.
. Individuals suffering from health problems such as diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems should also refrain from the surgery as their medical condition can interfere with their healing.
. In order to undergo liposuction, a patient must at least be 18 years of age or older.
. Generally, women who are pregnant and nursing should avoid the surgery as the anesthetic can affect the foetus negatively.