Potential Risks and Complications of ProLipo

ProLipo is a minimally invasive treatment that is safer than other more aggressive fat removal systems such as the traditional liposuction; however, there are a few potential risks and complications that may be associated with the use of ProLipo. You should be aware of these before opting for this procedure.

Infections at the Incision Site

ProLipo may be performed by introducing a cannula that contains a laser system that is meant to liquefy the fat. The cannula will have to be introduced under the skin, so a few small incisions have to be made. The risk of infection of these incision sites is present.

However, taking a few antibiotics a few days before and after the surgery may significantly reduce the risk of infections. Watch out for a fever, swelling and pus, as these signal an infection.

The toxic shock syndrome is another infection that may occur after the surgery; watch out for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures or sudden collapse.


The adipose tissue that is removed during the ProLipo surgery is made up mostly of water. The removal of high amounts of fat may result in a fluid imbalance and dehydration, so you must pay attention and drink plenty of liquids before and after the surgery.

Fluid therapy will be recommended if the dehydration is severe.


The ProLipo surgery is administered under local anesthesia, which will involve the injection of epinephrine in the fat tissues under the skin. High amounts of epinephrine may cause toxicity in people with liver or kidney dysfunction. Some people may also be allergic to the anesthetic.

For this reason, the surgeon will perform a few tests prior to the surgery to ensure that there are no risks of toxicity.

Blood or Fat Clots

The ProLipo treatment may be performed by dislodging fat cells which should be removed. However, certain fat cells may not be eliminated and they may enter the blood stream causing embolisms.

Blood clots may occur during surgery, and these may also cause embolisms. The surgeon will administer blood thinners to ensure that embolisms will not occur.

Organ Perforation

Organ perforation is a potential risk of the ProLipo surgery, but it is very rare and won’t occur if the surgeon performing the procedure is experienced or if the surgery is assisted by a video camera.

The organ perforation may occur when the cannula is inserted, and this may accidentally touch an organ.

Blood Loss

During the surgery, you may lose blood, but the amount should be insignificant. The bleeding during the ProLipo procedure is reduced, due to the technique employed.

However, if you have a blood clotting problem, you should let the surgeon know.

Tissue Damage

In rare cases, ProLipo can cause tissue damage. This complication may occur due to an aggressive and inadequate removal of fat cells.

Tissue damage may also be more common in patients with diabetes, circulation problems or smokers.

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