Last Wednesday, Tameka Raymond, wife of R&B singer Usher, was released from the hospital after an 11 day stay. The reason for her extended hospitalization: Serious complications due to a liposuction procedure.
While being anesthetized for the operation, Raymond went into cardiac arrest. Doctors were able to revive her, but put her into a 24-hour induced coma to prevent further complications. It was 11 days before she was deemed well enough to return home.
Raymond is said to be doing much better at this point; however, she is not the first person to make headlines due to a botched cosmetic surgery. Donda West, mother of world-renown hip-hop artist Kanye West, died in 2007 after receiving a joint tummy tuck and breast reduction operation. Ms. West was only 58 years old at the time of her death.
Doctors in the United Kingdom continue to tell us how safe tummy tucks, liposuction and other weight loss surgeries are, but when celebrities and their families (people who can afford the absolute best in health care without any financial strain) begin to suffer the ill consequences, how can so many people turn a blind eye to the very real dangers?
As we have mentioned many times before, the risks of cosmetic surgery certainly do exist. Infection, scarring, and – in the most devastating cases – death are not unheard of. Even if doctors are able to prevent death, as with Raymond, the recovery period could be greatly prolonged, creating more than just a slight inconvenience.
The main problem seems to be that some surgeons do not fully check the condition of their patients before the operation. Each person should be checked to see if they can handle the anesthesia and to see if their heart and other vital organs can handle the strain of the procedure. When a doctor fails to properly assess a patient’s state of health before cosmetic surgery, there is a significantly increased risk for complications.
Would a proper checkup prevent all injuries and deaths related to liposuction and tummy tucks? Certainly not. But if you still feel the urge to take the risk and have one of these procedures done, make sure your doctor runs every precautionary test at his or her disposal.
Our staff strongly advises against liposuction, tummy tucks, lipodissolve and other medical or surgical weight loss procedures. It is unrealistic to believe that people will stop having these operations done altogether, so if you or someone you care about decides on one of these options, please make sure proper caution is used.
When you shop for a home, a car, a computer or any other major purchase, do you base your purchase solely on who is offering the lowest price? Of course not! Basing what you buy on the cost alone is a good way to wind up with sub par products that may be expensive or difficult to replace. It’s hard to believe that more people don’t apply this same logic to matters of their health. If “cheap” is so often synonymous with “low quality,” then why is “cheap liposuction” such a popular Internet query in the United Kingdom?
Think about how most liposuctions are performed: A surgeon makes a small incision in the area where fat is to be removed. This cut is and entry point for the cannula, a hollow tube that sucks unwanted tissue from beneath your skin. The doctor probes inside your body (rather blindly) until an acceptable amount of fat has been removed. After this the patient is instructed on how to take care of him or herself for the next few weeks until the incision has healed and they are back to full strength. With that in mind, it is important that you know as many of the procedure’s risks as you can before you agree to anything.
Potential Problems with Cheap Liposuction
Even the most skilled doctors in England and Glasgow make mistakes. A tiny error in the liposuction procedure could lead to injury, infection or death. These problems are much more likely if you choose and unskilled practitioner who is willing to do the surgery for only a few pounds.
The cannula is one of the most threatening aspects of liposuction. Surgeons cannot be 100% sure what this tube will come into contact with while it is inside the patient. As a result, many people have sustained organ damage over the years due to doctors who did not use the highest level of caution. Doctors who offer liposuction at bargain prices may be more prone to rush the job, causing a much greater risk that one of your vital organs will be damaged.
Many are not aware that doctors in the UK often reuse cannulas for years, sometimes on hundreds of different patients. While these devices are supposed to be properly sterilized before each procedure, a surgeon may feel less inclined to properly carry out this tedious, sometimes expensive process for a patient who is not able to pay as much for an operation. This could increase the risk of infection and blood borne diseases to unpredictable levels.
The long list of known problems associated with liposuction includes issues like allergic reactions to anesthesia, damage to the skin, damage to the nerves, and extended healing time. These can all happen even when you leave the procedure in the hands of the most skilled plastic surgeon in the UK! When you put cost over quality in your decision process, you run the risk of receiving a botched operation that puts your looks and your health in serious danger.
Weighing Your UK Weight Loss Options
The average cost of a liposuction in the United Kingdom is £3,358. This is the absolute lowest we recommend paying for the procedure. If a reputable plastic surgeon costs even more than this, it is advisable you choose him or her over a lesser known doctor offering surgery at the average cost.
If this is out of your price range and diet and exercise aren’t helping, you do still have affordable options available to you. There are plenty of all-natural topical solutions – such as gels, lotions and wraps – that can significantly reduce the appearance of unwanted skin, fat and cellulite. These can be applied almost anywhere on the body and have worked wonders for many people in the UK. If you do some research, you can easily find a safe, affordable topical solution that will work for you.continue reading
For decades, doctors and scientists have been looking for a safe, surgical or medical method of fat removal. Liposuction, injection lipolysis, tummy tucks and other procedures are not dangerous in every case, but they have resulted in enough injuries, death or other problems that any potential recipient should think twice. Many people have begun to embrace a relatively new option known as laser liposuction. Doctors seem to agree that it is one of the safer, more effective ways to lose weight (aside from diet and exercise). Still, consumers deserve to know the risks associated with the process before they make a final decision.
The laser liposuction procedure begins with a local anesthetic being administered to the area of the body where weight loss is desired. Your doctor makes an incision. A low-powered laser fiber is inserted into the incision and it melts away up to eight pounds of fat per procedure. Each targeted area is said to take less than one hour to treat, and the recovery time is estimate to be a day or 2.
Laser Liposuction Risks and Complications
Recent studies comparing laser liposuction with the standard surgery show that while the laser procedure is slightly less painless, it does have its own share of unique risks. Many patients will experience swelling and bruising after surgery. Some will recover from this within a few days, but it is important to keep an eye on the condition of the incision site for several weeks after surgery. If not properly cleaned and treated, the laceration could become infected. This problem can often be treated with antibiotics, but more severe cases could require hospitalization.
Perhaps the most frightening risk is the potential long-term damage laser liposuction can do to your health. When the fat is melted in your body, there is an increase in fatty acids. These acids have the potential to inflame vital organs and cause heart attacks or strokes. Because laser liposuction is a relatively new procedure, doctors can only speculate that this and other problems could arise as the operation becomes more popular.
Choosing a Weight Loss Method That’s Right for You
If diet and exercise aren’t getting you the results you want, there are many options available to you. Liposuction, laser liposuction and tummy tucks are all well-known cosmetic surgeries that serve body sculpting purposes, while injection lipolysis takes a medical approach. All of these procedures could have harmful effects on your health, so make sure you know all of the dangers before moving forward with any of them.
Topical solutions, such as specially made lotions and body wraps, can be very effective at giving your body a firmer, healthier, thinner look. This option is cheaper and safer than surgical methods, and the results can be just as drastic and stunning. If you want a safe, easy and painless way to lose those unwanted inches any place on your body, a topical product may be just what you’re looking for.continue reading