My husband is giving me liposuction for a birthday present. I need this procedure for resistant abdominal fat. I worry about infection from the small suction tubes used in the surgery. Is a new one used for each patient? What is the rate of infection from this type of procedure?
Liposuction is a great birthday present from your husband. My assumption is that you brought it up first. When you are commiting yourself to elective surgical procedures, the last thing you want is a complication. All surgical procedures come with potential risks and complications. Post-operative infections is a serious potential complication that can occur with any surgical procedure. I personally perform laser liposuction in an outpatient operative setting. The center is AAAHC certified so I know that strict infection control measures are used in the center. The laser tip that is used to melt the fat with the SlimLipo machine requires a new tip to be used for each patient. The cannulas that are used to remove the liquefied fat are sterilized according to our operating room protocol and wrapped to prevent any infections. Antibiotics are also administered preoperatively and postoperatively. Published rates of infection are around 1-2% but these can also be incision redness or delay in healing, but, rarely a severe infection of the skin or fat.
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