Ten Benefits of Liposuction with Local Anesthesia
by Dr. Steven Wallach
Liposuction is usually performed under local anesthesia, and this can have a lot of benefits. If you’re considering liposuction, here are some benefits of this minimally-invasive procedure.
If you’ve ever had a procedure using general anesthesia, you know that fasting the night before can be extremely uncomfortable. Although it’s important in making sure you stay risk-averse during general anesthesia use, there’s no need to starve before your liposuction procedure since only local anesthesia is used. This means you can go into your procedure comfortable and excited.
Although general anesthesia is generally safe in the hands of an anesthesiologist, it still comes with some risks that patients might not be comfortable taking. Local anesthesia means much less risk involved during surgery and recovery.
Because of the fewer risks of local anesthesia, many patients have less anxiety about the procedure and recovery. Dr. Wallach creates a calm and relaxed environment during your liposuction procedure, and you may benefit from a mild oral sedative if you still have anxiety about the procedure. In some cases, liposuction can be performed using IV sedation as well.
Liposuction is designed to remove small, stubborn pockets of fat. For this reason, most patients undergo only a short, in-office session. This makes general anesthesia or IV sedation impractical in many cases. Local anesthesia works quickly and effectively, allowing you to return home immediately afterwards.
Using local anesthesia means that some other treatment options that normally use local anesthesia can be performed in the same session. Options like BodyTite can help tighten the skin after fat removal for even more contoured results. This can mean you don’t need to schedule two separate appointments!
You’ll likely feel clear-headed after the procedure is over, not fuzzy and confused like you may expect with general anesthesia. This can drastically cut down your recovery time, meaning you can get back to your favorite activities sooner. Additionally, many patients experience difficulties and overall discomfort after general anesthesia, which is not present with local anesthesia.
Liposuction is an excellent option for refining your favorite areas without exessive downtime or recovery. To begin discussing your options for body contouring with local anesthesia, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Wallach can create the right liposuction plan for you during a consultation.
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