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You have probably been doing research into liposuction for a while now. You may be overwhelmed with all of the different options available to you — we are here to help you.
One of the most important decisions you need to make is whether to have your liposuction procedure with general anesthesia or awake with local anesthesia. Many patients do not know that having liposuction done awake under local anesthesia is an option. Liposuction with local anesthesia has been performed worldwide for over 30 years with amazing results.
Why should you choose liposuction with local anesthesia? There are many reasons patients prefer this route. The most important reasons are 1) Patient Safety, 2) Downtime, and 3) Cost.
Liposuction awake under local anesthesia is one of the safest minimally invasive procedures that can be performed. This procedure can be done in the outpatient office setting with low risk and great outcomes.
General anesthesia has many risks associated with it. Bad outcomes such as blood clots, fluids in the lungs, and even death are possible with general anesthesia. When you perform a cosmetic surgery procedure with general anesthesia, the patient must be intubated and have fluids running for many hours. This extra fluid can accumulate in the lungs and cause difficulty breathing or even death. Being immobile for many hours and having many large procedures all done at once also increase the risk of blood clots. No patients have died from liposuction done entirely with local anesthesia. On the other hand, many patients have died from massive liposuction done with general anesthesia.
When patients are awake under local anesthesia, they can be a participant in their procedure. This means they can help position their body in the best way for fat removal. This means more fat is removed more easily. This decreases bruising and pain for the patient later. Patients who had liposuction with general anesthesia have died after an over aggressive physician has punctured into their abdominal cavity. This is impossible to do when a patient is awake.
When liposuction is performed awake with local anesthesia, patients have little to no downtime. The procedures are quicker and allow most patients to return to work in 2-3 days. All liposuction procedures will require a compression garment for several weeks. However the “bad” side effects of general anesthesia, like nausea and feeling disoriented, do not occur with liposuction completely under local anesthesia. There are no drains placed; the small circular entry points act as drains for the procedure. These heal up to look like little freckles. They are completely unnoticeable.
Liposuction with local anesthesia can be performed in an outpatient office. There is no need to do the lipo procedure in an expensive operating room. Clean and sterile technique is used during liposuction to make sure that there is little risk of any infections. All of the tools are sterilized just like in an operating room. The difference is that there are no added operating room fees or anesthesiologist that has to be paid. The combination of local anesthesia and laughing gas is enough for patients to have a completely pain free procedure. The results will be the same as having lipo done in an operating room but at a fraction of the cost.
These are just some of the reasons to choose awake liposuction under local anesthesia. Every patient has their own reason, whether it be a traumatic previous experience with cosmetic surgery or a fear of “going under.” At Exert Clinic we perform all lipo procedures fully awake and with only local anesthesia. We believe this is the safest and most comfortable way for our patients to get the results they dream of. You can book a consultation to learn more about our Xpress liposuction procedures with skin tightening at exertclinic.com/appointments or
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