Can I Have Liposuction Done Under Local Anesthesia?

woman pinching skin on her thighsLiposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. Traditionally, liposuction has been performed under general anesthesia, where the patient is unconscious and not aware of the procedure. However, advancements in medical techniques have made it possible to perform some liposuction procedures, such as tumescent liposuction, under local anesthesia.

Local Vs. General Anesthesia

Local anesthesia and general anesthesia are two different types of anesthesia used during medical and surgical procedures. Local anesthesia is administered to numb a specific area of the body, and it affects only the nerves in that area, rendering it temporarily numb to pain.

General anesthesia induces a state of unconsciousness and total lack of sensation throughout the entire body, including the brain. It is used for major surgeries and procedures that require the patient to be asleep and unaware of the surgery. It’s usually administered through intravenous medication and inhaled gas.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a modern and widely used technique for performing liposuction, which is a cosmetic procedure aimed at removing excess fat from specific areas of the body. It’s a safe and popular method for body contouring.

Factors to Consider

Using local anesthetic for liposuction depends on several factors, such as:

  • Liposuction under local anesthesia is typically suitable for smaller treatment areas and less extensive fat removal. For larger or multiple areas, general anesthesia may still be recommended.
  • You may feel uncomfortable or anxious during the procedure, even if it’s done under local anesthesia. In such cases, the surgeon may recommend general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s well-being and comfort.
  • The decision to use local or general anesthesia often depends on the surgeon’s training, experience, and comfort level with the technique.
  • Safety is a top priority in any surgical procedure. The surgeon will assess your medical history, overall health, and any potential risks associated with using local anesthesia.

In some cases, liposuction may be combined with other surgical procedures, which could influence the anesthesia choice.

Book an Appointment

It’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon’s office, such as Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists, to determine the most appropriate anesthesia option for your specific case. Call Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists at 954-961-1200 to book an appointment.

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