All About Fat Embolism

If you have done your own research to learn about any possible risks associated with liposuction, you may have come across fat embolism. Unfortunately, risks will always be associated with cosmetic procedures, but the chance of a fat embolism occurring is dramatically low. Trained surgeons and advancing technology make liposuction procedures far safer than they were in the past. Here is what you need to know about fam embolisms:

What Are They?

Fat embolisms are a mass substance that can break off your vein and travel through the blood vessel. The substance is primarily made of fat tissue and usually occurs after injuries and possibly surgery.

How Fat Embolisms Are Caused

The fat tissue from fat embolisms typically enters your bloodstream due to bone fractures. This type of injury can occur during liposuction when cannulas that are larger than the recommended size are used.

Preventing Fat Embolisms

The risk of fat embolism sounds alarming but can be prevented when certain precautions are taken. In particular, we may be prone to certain conditions that will increase the likelihood of a fat embolism. By avoiding these possible risks, you can greatly reduce the chance of a fat embolism.

The first possible risk that can increase the chance of a fat embolism is having a high Body Mass Index or BMI. Liposuction procedures will need to remove more fat tissue when having a higher BMI. Having a higher BMI is a risk for any surgical procedure, not just liposuction. A recommended BMI range is from 18 to 25 to avoid any possible complications that can increase the risk of a fat embolism.

Another risk that can increase the risk of fat embolism is the use of general anesthesia. Your physician will cover all associated risks that the use of general anesthesia can have, including fat embolisms.

Finally, physicians are recommended a certain size cannula for your liposuction procedure. Lymph sparing techniques are also the recommended type of procedure for greatly reduced risks associated with fat embolisms. When you choose a trusted surgeon with years of experience, you can avoid many of the possible risks associated with fat embolisms.

Prepare for Your Liposuction Procedure

You can become more knowledgeable about the risks associated with fat embolisms by discussing your concerns with your surgeon. Trusted individuals such as Dr. Wright make it their priority to ensure each patient has their concerns carefully addressed before their liposuction procedure.