Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is a new method of performing liposuction, a well-established plastic/cosmetic surgery procedure to remove unwanted fat. Different companies and practices refer to radiofrequency-assisted liposuctions through tradenames including BodyTite and FaceTite.
To perform this elective surgical procedure, a plastic surgeon uses radiofrequency waves transmitted through electrodes to melt fat that gets sucked away through a cannula.
There are some advantages to using radiofrequency assistance for liposuction, as opposed to the conventional method. One, it’s not done under general anesthesia. Most surgeons use local anesthesia or administer a light sedative. Two, recovery time is shortened. Three, some people think the results are better.
Like any surgery or procedure, though, radiofrequency-assisted liposuction doesn’t come without risks.
Some plastic surgeons aren’t properly trained on how to use radiofrequency equipment. Others may have the training, but use poor techniques.
Here at Painter Law Firm, we’re working on a case where a plastic/cosmetic surgeon used radiofrequency-assisted liposuction to remove fat in the breast area. The standard of care requires inserting the cannula one or 2 cm below the fat content itself, rather than superficially, meaning closer to the skin.
The reason for this is that radiofrequency devices generate heat. In this patient’s case, our plastic surgery expert believes that the surgeon used an improper technique during the liposuction procedure, with excessive heat too close to the surface of the skin. As a result, the heat blasted or scorched the subdermal plexus, wiping out the blood supply to both nipple complexes.
Based on what the plastic surgeon promised, the patient expected quick and easy procedure. Instead, he ended up with burnt skin, two dead nipples, and unsightly pitting and scarring.
Unfortunately, when a surgeon violates the standard of care using radiofrequency equipment during the procedure, the damage is often permanent. Supportive care with creams and antibiotics helps alleviate symptoms, but the tissue loss and disfigurement are permanent.
If you’ve been seriously injured because of poor plastic or cosmetic surgical care, then contact a top-rated skilled Houston, Texas medical malpractice lawyer for help in evaluating your potential case.