On December 2, 2021, a 39-year-old woman in Spain underwent a liposculpture procedure under general anesthesia that took five hours. The surgeon reported that everything was fine at the conclusion of the liposculpture procedure except for the loss of a large volume of fluids and blood during the procedure. The woman later died in the hospital after spending 29 days in the Intensive Care Unit for the multiple serious internal injuries she suffered during the liposculpture procedure.
The media reports that the family’s medical malpractice lawyer in Spain alleges that the woman suffered injuries to her kidneys, liver, colon, intestine, and duodenum during the liposculpture procedure. When she arrived at the hospital, she was found to be in hypovolemic shock “and in a situation of extreme gravity.” She as diagnosed with Fecaloid and biliary peritonitis, ascending colon ischemic necrosis, multiple intestinal perforations, duodenal perforation, abdominal wall necrosis, liver lacerations, retroperitoneal abscess and contained evisceration, according to media reports. The Spanish medical malpractice lawyer described the injuries as “more typical of the result of a brawl with a knife.”
What Is Liposuction?
According to the American Society of Plastic surgeons, liposuction is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in aesthetic plastic surgery. According to ASPS Statistics, liposuction was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016, with over 235,000 procedures performed in the United States, alone. Liposuction is a surgical approach to removing excess subcutaneous fat and improving body contour. During a liposuction procedure, a plastic surgeon makes one or more very small incisions in targeted areas of excess fat. A long, narrow suction tool called a cannula is inserted though the incision(s) and functions to remove fat from the targeted treatment area. Depending on the number of body areas treated and the amount of fat removed, liposuction may be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or under sedation. Liposuction effectively treats a wide range of body regions and is commonly performed for fat reduction in the abdomen, waist, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin and neck.
What Is Liposculpture?
According to Healthline Media, liposculpture is a surgical procedure that is used to give you more muscle tone and shapeliness. It treats little pockets of fat, unlike liposuction which covers larger areas. Instead of just removing fat, liposculpture also moves it around it for a desired shape. It can be particularly useful in areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Liposculpture works best if you have good skin elasticity, which is generally true for those who are younger, have darker skin tones, don’t smoke, and don’t have much sun damage. The ideal candidate is close to their ideal weight and has a BMI under 30. It may not work well if you have weakened muscles or loose skin from age or pregnancy. Lasting side effects are rare, but the most common are lumpy and rippled skin.
If you or a family member were injured during or as a result of liposuction or liposculpture in the United States, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your liposuction or liposculpture medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your family member in a liposuction or liposculpture medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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