Complications of Liposuction

  • J. Barton Sterling
  • C. William Hanke


In just a few decades since its first published description, the complication rates from liposuction have fallen considerably. Improvement in patient safety is largely due to the advent of tumescent liposuction, defined as liposuction performed solely using tumescent local anesthesia.


Necrotizing Fasciitis Toxic Shock Syndrome Cannula Insertion Contour Irregularity Atypical Mycobacterial Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Barton Sterling
    • 1
  • C. William Hanke
    • 2
  1. 1.Cosmetic and Procedural Dermatology CernterSpring LakeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Carver College of MedicineUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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