Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that was traditionally performed using general anesthesia, but is now regularly carried out with local anesthesia. Since there are some advantages attached to liposuction using local anesthesia, more patients are now asking their plastic surgeon – Am I a good candidate for liposuction under local anesthesia?
General vs local anesthesia for liposuction
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes excess fat from the body. Surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia (also called tumescent liposuction). Local anesthesia has fewer side-effects, and the recovery time is less. Local anesthesia is sometimes supplemented with IV sedation, in order to minimize any discomfort during surgery.
While both types of anesthesia can produce very good results, the choice depends on several factors including the number of areas to be liposuctioned, and the overall health of the patient.
Patients considering liposuction should discuss the pros and cons of both types of anesthesia with their plastic surgeon, before making a decision about the procedure.
Are you a good candidate for liposuction under local anesthesia?
If you are having liposuction done on only a few areas, you may be a good candidate for liposuction under local anesthesia. Since there is a limit on just how much local anesthesia can be given for safety reasons, general anesthesia is recommended when a lot of fat is being removed.
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