Aarthi Agarwal Dies Following Popular Procedure

June 14, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016

When actress Aarthi Agarwal died of cardiac arrest in an American hospital following liposuction, people in her home country of India took notice.

The 31-year old actress had appeared in over 20 movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Her most recent Telugu film, Ranam 2, was released just a day before she died.

Her manager said the actress died in a private hospital in New Jersey on Saturday. “Aarthi was fighting corpulence and pulmonary illness. She was undertaking treatment and due to some complications, she suffered a cardiac arrest and died,” the manager told reporters.

Agarwal, who was in agony from asthma for several years, had liposuction surgery about thirty days before the latest procedure according to the Indian Express.

Liposuction specialist, William Hall, MD – Infini, encourages everyone who is thinking about liposuction to talk with their physician as many times as necessary to make sure the procedure and risks are understood beforehand.

Risks and Complications of Liposuction

Most patients are satisfied with the outcome of their liposuction. However, like any other procedure, there are dangers. That’s why it is important to speak to the physician before surgery so any complications and risks can be understood.


Infections may happen after any surgery and liposuction are no different. While most physicians prescribe an antibiotic to everyone undergoing liposuction, others don’t.


Embolism might occur when fat is loosened and enters the blood through blood vessels. Pieces of fat may get trapped in the blood vessels, gather in the lungs or even travel to the brain.

Visceral Perforations

Visceral Perforations, or puncture wounds in the body’s organs, occur when the physician is not able to see where the surgical probe is. When organs are damaged, surgery may be needed.


Swelling, or edema, may happen after liposuction. Swelling is normal, but a physician should be seen if the swelling persists for months after the procedure.


During liposuction, the ultrasound probe may become very hot and might cause burns

Fatalities Related to Liposuction

Some research shows that the risk of death from liposuction is as low as three deaths for every 100,000 procedures performed. Other studies show that the likelihood of death is somewhere between 20 and 100 deaths per 100,000 procedures.

Regardless of the actual risk, it is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure, and there may be severe complications — including death.


Jerry Nelson is an American freelance photojournalist. Contact him today at jandrewnelson2@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter.