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Minor complications resulting from liposuction treatment include hematomas, allergic reactions to drugs, visible scarring, and discoloration of the skin. Temporary bruising and numbness can also occur following lipo procedures.

More major complications from fat removal include infections, blood clots, damage to the abdominal organs, excessive blood loss, and allergic drug reactions. In rare cases, any one of these issues can prove fatal. However, by choosing an experienced surgeon at a well regarded clinic, the likelihood of this happening is remote.

But perhaps the most common complication of lipoplasty treatment is an unsatisfactory result. Many patients have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved through liposculpture. Fat removal doesn't always create the perfect chin, thigh or stomach the patient envisaged. Often, lipoplasty has to be combined with another cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck to produce a more desirable result.

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