Body Contouring and Complication Rates for the Obese

The idea behind body contouring for the obese is to provide a means for relief from localized fat pockets that cause problems for the obese. For example, obese individuals may seek liposuction to remove fat deposits from the knees which inhibit the ability to walk. These individuals may seek liposuction to remove fat from the arms and other areas of the body that interferes with clothing and may result in skin conditions. The benefits associated with removing fat from such areas may far outweigh the risks associated with the procedure. Though, the risks associated with liposuction for the obese are greater when the person is not at BMI weight.

There were two studies conducted to investigate complications in liposuction for the obese. The results demonstrated that complication rates in liposuction are higher when treating the obese. Each study had over 400 patients participating in the study. The higher complication rates were higher in the case of men that underwent liposuction. The risk of bleeding following liposuction was greater in the obese. There was over a nineteen percent greater risk of hematoma in obese men that underwent liposuction when compared to men that were not obese. Excessive bleeding may be called hematoma which is another word for a blood clot. The second term used to describe bleeding in men that experience such a complication in liposuction is called a seroma also known as a collection of blood. Both types of complications can usually be managed when reported to the treating physician. Recovery may be longer, but typically only by a few days.

For this reason, it is especially important for obese individuals to seek out primary care physician assistance to evaluate complete medical history, identify possible risks for complications and provide the ability to take pre-cautions to reduce the risk of complications.

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