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All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk

Since it was first described in medical literature in 1991, UAL has been performed on several thousand patients worldwide. However, long-term effects of ultrasound energy are not known and extensive research and clinical trials are needed to establish fully the safety and efficacy of UAL. So far, clinical investigators have reported good results from the technique.

UAL is normally safe when ultrasonic liposuction surgery patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the physician has completed an appropriate, hands-on UAL training course.

As with traditional liposuction, serious medical complications from ultrasonic liposuction are infrequent. However, possible complications include: clots that block blood flow, infection, excessive fluid loss that can lead to shock, excessive fluid accumulation that must be drained, skin injury, perforation injury to the skin or other organs and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

One potential complication specifically related to the UAL ultrasonic liposuction technique is thermal skin injury or a burn caused by the heat from the ultrasound device. Also, temporary collections of fluid beneath the skin surface (seromas) are more common with UAL.

Also, you should be aware that at present, the tube-like instruments or cannulas used to perform UAL ultrasonic liposuction are slightly larger than the cannulas used for traditional liposuction. The longer incisions that are needed for UAL require that they be placed carefully in hidden areas. For this reason, some surgeons prefer to use the traditional liposuction technique in areas where an obvious scar might result.

Cosmetic complications from all types of liposuction include: irregularities of the skin’s surface, areas of uneven pigmentation, and asymmetry. Some cosmetic problems can be treated with additional surgery.

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