Liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed. About 222,051 liposuctions occurred in 2015, which was second only to breast augmentation at 279,143 procedures.
Risks and potential complications can accompany the elective procedure of liposuction. These include risks related to anesthesia and infection, as well as the risks of deep vein thrombosis and cardiac and pulmonary complications. Because of these risks and complications, injuries can result in connection with liposuction, which can include claims that a physician was negligent or failed to adequately disclose the risks to the patient. Awards to patients can be high.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with liposuction surgery.