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Deaths after liposuction surgery in Los Angeles…

The original concept of removing excess fat from localized parts of the body is credited to Charles Dujarrier, who in 1921 attempted to remove subcutaneous fat by using a uterine curette from the calf and knees of a ballerina. Unfortunately, an inadvertent injury to the femoral vessels resulted in the amputation of the dancer’s leg.

Studies of cases today reveal that deaths secondary to liposuction procedure are as high as 1 in 5,000 surgeries.

There is a very high risk associated with patients who have body mass indices greater than 35 kg/m2.

The most frequent major complication that can lead to death in a patient undergoing liposuction is pulmonary thromboembolism, which represents more than 23% of deaths.

Less than half of plastic surgeons provide prophylactic treatment for deep vein thrombosis in liposuction.