How Safe is Liposuction?
The frightening dangers of liposuction and what you need to know if you’re going to get it
If you’re considering going under the cannula, consider this: you are more likely to die during liposuction surgery than in a car crash. In a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the death rate from liposuction was 20 out of 100,000. Compare that to 16 deaths per 100,000 car accidents.
A follow-up study highlights how you can cut that risk down to size by planning your cosmetic surgery with care. The newer study found a mortality rate (1 in 46,000) akin to that of hernia repair, as long as the procedure was performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. (A board-certified dermatologist can also be a good choice if he or she is well trained in liposuction.)
Any doctor can hang out a shingle advertising liposuction, and many of them do. No special licensing or certification is required. Liposuction plays tag with breast augmentation as the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. In 2007, it surpassed boob jobs; last year it lost out for top billing, 355,671 to 341,144.