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One of the reasons liposuction is such an appealing procedure to many of our Scottsdale-area patients is that it is a commonly performed procedure with an excellent safety record. Serious complications from a liposuction procedure are exceedingly rare.

Liposuction is even safer when you choose acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Gawley to perform the procedure. The skill and experience of your doctor plays a large role in determining the odds of experiencing complications from a cosmetic procedure.

Fortunately, Dr. Gawley has the experience and capability to make your liposuction experience as safe and pleasant as possible.

Still, liposuction is a surgical procedure, and like all surgical procedures it carries with it certain risks and side effects. Dr. Gawley will be happy to answer any of your liposuction questions, including ones about risks and complications, in person and in great detail. However, you should be aware of some possible risks while you research the procedure.

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In modern medical science, most surgeries are relatively common affairs. However, every surgery has the risk of infection. Liposuction is no exception.

Dr. Gawley maintains the strictest standards of cleanliness in his office and operating rooms so as to minimize the risks of infection. Further, their experience with the liposuction procedure provides them with knowledge on how to best prevent infection.

One reason you should be in good overall health before undergoing liposuction is to minimize the risk of infection and other complications. A healthy body is a body that’s able to handle surgery.

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A fat embolism is an exceptionally uncommon complication, but it’s also the most serious.

In certain rare cases, fat loosened by the liposuction procedure can enter the blood stream through blood vessels that are ruptured during surgery. These pieces of fat then get trapped in the blood and are sometimes carried to the lungs or brain.

This is a serious condition, and if you experience shortness of breath after your liposuction procedure you should seek immediate medical attention.


Aside from the more serious long-term complications listed above, you might also experience certain side effects during your recovery from liposuction. These are usually temporary and do not indicate a more serious problem:

  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Baggy, rippling skin
  • Irritation along the incision sites

Dr. Gawley will give you specific instructions for your recovery process. By following these instructions you will greatly decrease your risk of suffering complications and make your recovery much smoother.

If you’re a Scottsdale-area resident considering liposuction, please contact Dr. Bryan W. Gawley, MD, today to arrange a consultation.

Meet Dr. Gawley

Phoenix Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bryan W. Gawley specializes in both cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. As one of the premiere plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the Phoenix area, Dr. Gawley is not only a caring physician but also an artist whose goal is to provide beautiful results that suit each individual’s unique look, shape, and lifestyle.

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