The news in recent days reminds us all about the importance of safety when having ANY operation, and liposuction is no exception.
I tell my wife all the time, "it may be cosmetic, but it’s still surgery". That’s why my office has a Joint Commission certified operating suite (http://www.jointcommission.org/) with state of the art equipment and constant regulation.
Furthermore, liposuction is performed simply and more efficiently with local anesthetic only. It is rare that patients require more than that for a typical liposuction case.
Finally, this terrible tale underscores the importance of making sure that your surgeon is board certified in Plastic Surgery before allowing them to operate on you. This can be checked at http://www.abplsurg.org.