Fat embolism after liposuction and fat transfer

Fat embolism after liposuction and fat transfer

A surgical procedure that uses the combination of liposuction and fat transfer is popularly known as Brazilian augmentation. This intervention uses your own body fat that will be harvested through liposuction, will be purified before being injected into the areas that need enhancement.

But like any surgery, there are risks and complications that a patient can possibly suffer. There are common cases which are easily treatable while there are rare occurrences that are quite alarming. One of these is called fat embolism.

Fat embolism occurs when occurs when fat cells enter the bloodstream through damaged blood vessels during the surgery.  Though the prospect of fat embolism is 1 in 1,000 cases, once the fat cells make it to the lungs, heart, and brain, the patient is in real danger. It can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated right away.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the complication rate for fat embolism to be about 0.25 percent in every 1,000 patients, and the resulting death rate to be 0.002 percent.

The damages done to your blood vessels by the use of sharp tools or as a result of surgical errors can be a result of choosing an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner. So keep in mind to choose only highly qualified plastic surgeons to lessen the possibility of fat embolism.

Fat embolism after liposuction and fat transfer
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