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Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia: 10 Things You Should Know


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

Generally, most people think of liposuction when they are considering about easy way of eliminating unwanted fat. Although you might know the fact that liposuction helps in sucking unwanted fat out of your body, there are other things you should know about liposuction. The following tips can help you in making the right decision about the right procedure for you.

Local or General Anesthesia May Be Used

Local anesthesia is the process of numbing a part of your body as your specialist performs liposuction. On the other hand, general anesthesia is where you place in an unconscious state for the liposuction. Once you visit your specialist, they will determine whether you require local or general anesthesia. Normally, general anesthesia is required to remove more fat and local anesthesia for minimal fat removal.

Liposuction Does Not Tighten Your Skin

Generally, once the unwanted fat is removed, you will experience loose skin. Although with time, the loose skin can tighten up, it is always not the case. If you wish to have tight skin after the procedure, you need to talk with your plastic surgeon, who may help you eliminate your excess skin.

Liposuction Can Get Rid of Fat from Most Body Areas

Typically, with liposuction, you can effectively remove fat from your main body area that generally accumulates fat, including:
• Abdomen
• Inner knee
• Hips
• Ankles and calves
• Thighs
• Upper arm
• Buttocks
• Chest
• Back
• Chin, cheeks, and neck

Comfortable Recovery

Although some people may experience bruising, soreness, and swelling, it is usually not that bothersome. Typically, the intensity of liposuction effects depends on the amount of fat removed and the person who underwent the procedure.

Liposuction Does Not Eliminate All Fat

Generally, with liposuction patients may not lose all their fat instantly. The procedure usually targets excess fat from certain body areas. For example, if you need to get rid of excess fat from your arms, thighs, midsection, or other areas, liposuction might not be your right procedure.

Liposuction Does Not Remove Cellulite

Even though liposuction may help some people reduce cellulite, it is not possible to completely remove it. Even after the procedure, you may still have cellulite, although you will attain a thinner look.

Liposuction Is Not for Smokers

Typically, people who usually smoke are not legible for the liposuction procedure. This is because smoking affects your body’s ability to heal, so plastic surgery is typically not recommended for those who smoke.

You Can Still Gain Weight after Liposuction

Generally, if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle following the liposuction procedure, you will still accumulate more fat. If you are looking for lasting liposuction outcomes, conduct a healthy eating habit and regular exercise.

Short Recovery Time

Normally, recovery from a liposuction procedure takes about one week before you can return to your normal routine and two weeks for a full recovery. If you plan for a liposuction procedure, be sure to take about one to two weeks off from work to recover.

Liposuction May Be Performed with Other Procedures

In some cases, patients choose to pair liposuction with other procedures to enhance their results. This can include a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, for example. These patients will typically require general anesthesia for their combination surgery.

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