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No one and I repeat, "NO ONE", wants to be a horror story.
So, if "liposuction gone bad" isn't the story that you want to tell, then there are some things that you should be thinking about when planning your liposuction surgery.
The goal of this article is to give you the tools that will equip you to make the very best choice of surgeon, facility, and type of procedure so that you are NOT a cautionary tale to your friends and family.
I'll take you step-by-step through the process from choosing your physician, all the way up to the day of surgery.
So if you're ready let's begin.
I read this story in Black Enterprise magazine during my research for this article. It was so well written, that I wanted to excerpt a piece of the article for my audience here at Letty's Liposuction Directory.
Excerpt taken from: Black Enterprise Magazine -
"Lying in agony on an operating table, Lisa Espinosa, 43, was certain she was minutes away from death. The promise of inexpensive surgery lured her to the Dominican Republic... where a physician in a makeshift operating room performed breast augmentation surgery, a tummy tuck and liposuction, during which Espinosa contracted a virulent infection. Instead of recovering, the feverish and seriously ill Espinosa, a clinical grant manager of infectious diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was told she would die if she didn't get a blood transfusion. The news sent waves of fear through her body.
"Unsure if the blood she would receive on the island would be free of life-threatening infections such as HIV, she initially refused the transfusion but later reconsidered. "I thought about being sent home in a box and what that would do to my mother and children. I gave my verbal consent and shortly afterward lost consciousness," she says.
"But sadly the nightmare was only beginning. Years later, during surgery to repair the extensive damage to Espinosa's breasts, her doctor discovered a litany of blunders: the removal of healthy glands, severed nerves, multiple stitches embedded in the breast tissue, incorrect placement of her nipples, and the aftermath of an infection due to the use of unhygienic instruments which caused significant buildup of scar tissue because the blood supply had been severed. "The inside of her breasts looked like the inside of a trash can." recalls Dr. David Watts, the... plastic surgeon who performed Espinosa's reconstructive surgeries.
"Espinosa would eventually undergo three painful reconstructive surgeries... All told it took her more than four years to fully recover from the ordeal."
It goes without saying that many avoidable mistakes were made on Ms. Espinosa's part... Her's was definitely the classic case of liposuction gone bad.
So let's talk more about what you should be looking for in terms of a potential surgeon.
Liposuction gone bad is no joking matter. One of the most important things you can do to avoid calamity is to make sure your surgeon is experienced.
To make sure that you choose the absolute best possible liposuction surgeon, here are a few tips:
Avoiding liposuction gone bad is as much a function of knowing whether or not liposuction is for you as it is a function of choosing a good surgeon.
To decide if liposuction surgery is for you there are some questions that you must have the answers to before proceeding with liposuction:
These are personal things you must consider. To do otherwise is to invite not only liposuction gone bad but disaster...
Avoiding common mistakes is one way to make sure that you don't become a liposuction gone bad story. And some of the most common mistakes that individuals make are ones that are extremely preventable.
In conclusion it is important to attend to the details of your liposuction surgery before you even lay down on the operating table.
Avoiding a liposuction gone bad story is a matter of making proper choices along the way. But even under the best circumstances you cannot reduce your risks in any surgical procedure to zero.
Picking an experienced surgeon is a large part of the work you must do to ensure your health and safety. So, spend enough time doing your research beforehand. And, if for any reason you don't feel good about a particular surgeon be prepared to walk away from the situation.
It is far better to err on the side of caution.
Your health is important. And being a liposuction gone bad horror story is something to actively work to avoid.
"Tips Help Consumers and Patients Considering Lipoplasty." AORN Journal 73.3 (March 2001): 712. Expanded Academic ASAP. Gale.
"New Guidelines for Safe and Effective Lipoplasty." Medscape Medical News (Year 2000). http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/411514_print/.
Campbell, Denise. "Dying for the promise of perfection: sun, surf, and surgery gone awry. Lisa Espinosa's real-life cautionary tale of overseas cosmetic surgery. (SPECIAL REPORT)." Black Enterprise 39.11 (June 2009): 64(5). Expanded Academic ASAP. Gale.
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