• Anesthetic drugs that cause the loss of feeling or sensation.
  • Canula (or cannula) A hollow pen-like instrument or tube used to draw off fluid.
  • Edema Swelling caused by large amount of fluid in cells or tissues.
  • Emboli Something that blocks a blood vessel. See embolism.
  • Embolism The blocking of a blood vessel or organ by pieces of matter such as fat.
  • Emulsify To break up into small pieces.
  • Epinephrine A drug injected before liposuction to reduce bleeding during the procedure.
  • Infection Invasion by and multiplication of bacteria or microorganisms that can produce tissue injury.
  • Lidocaine An anesthetic that may be injected in large amounts of liquid during liposuction.
  • Lipoplasty Another name for liposuction.
  • Liposuction A usually cosmetic surgical procedure in which fat is removed from a specific area of the body, by means of suction.
  • Necrotizing Faciitis A bacterial infection in which bacteria infect and kill the skin and underlying tissues.
  • Paresthesia A change in feelings or sensation. May be an increase in feeling (pain) or a decrease in feeling (numbness)
  • Pulmonary embolism Pieces of fat may find their way into the blood stream and get stuck in the lungs during liposuction. This causes shortness of breath or trouble breathing.<
  • Probe See canula.
  • Sedative A drug which helps a person to relax and may make them feel sleepy.
  • Seroma A collection of fluid from the blood that has pooled at the liposuction site.
  • Skin necrosis Skin or underlying tissue dies and falls off.
  • Suction assisted liposuction See liposuction.
  • Thrombophlebitis Inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome An infection caused by bacteria that release toxins into the body. This type of infection can occur after surgery if bacteria are accidentally introduced during the surgery.
  • Ultrasound assisted liposuction A type of liposuction in which fat is first loosened by using an ultrasonic probe and then removed by means of suction.
  • Visceral perforations Organs may be punctured accidentally with the liposuction probe or canula during liposuction.