Although many people like the idea of trimming stubborn problem areas with liposuction, the idea of a medical procedure and recovery can be a little scary. With advances in liposuction and other fat removal techniques, however, there are better options for anesthesia and fat extraction that can make the procedure less intimidating and improve recovery time.
If you are only having liposuction and the procedure is not a component of more invasive forms of plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck, it makes little sense to have general anesthesia. More doctors are using tumescent techniques to provide local or regional anesthetic to a large area. Under normal circumstances, lidocaine cannot be injected in large quantities, because it may reach toxic levels. Additionally, even when lidocaine toxicity is less of a concern, it would be difficult to anesthetize a large area with standard syringes.
With tumescence, the lidocaine is mixed with sterile saline to lower its concentration while providing adequate local anesthetic. Since the lidocaine used typically contains epinephrine, the anesthetic also acts as a vasoconstrictor, which can reduce bleeding during the procedure from small vessels under the skin. The skin is anesthetized with lidocaine so holes can be punched through the skin before anesthetizing the entire area. This is where the cannula will be inserted to provide regional anesthetic. Once the targeted area is anesthetized, liposuction can begin.
As with any medical procedure, general anesthesia carries its own risks, which is the reason local or regional anesthetic is preferred whenever possible. Additionally, if you are not under general anesthesia, your doctor may be able to perform the procedure in their office as opposed to a surgical center or hospital, if the office is properly equipped for the procedure.
Melt The Fat First
Traditional liposuction methods involve using a cannula to help break up fat so it can be suctioned from the targeted area. It is normal to experience bruising from the procedure simply because of the force needed to break up the fat and to remove fat symmetrically over the area. But some types of liposuction techniques involve melting the fat before it is removed with suction.
The procedure is laser lipolysis, which means the fat cells are destroyed with a laser using targeted high heat. One of the major benefits is that melting the fat reduces the amount of force it takes for the doctor to break up subcutaneous fat from the surrounding tissue. Additionally, liquefied fat can be suctioned out with smaller incisions and instruments. Melting the fat first may also translate into less time to perform the procedure and less post-procedure pain or bruising.
If you remain on the fence about liposuction, there are other options available that can give you acceptable results without incisions. Non-surgical methods of fat removal include cryotherapy, which destroys fat cells by freezing them. The entire process may take several months because once the fat cells are destroyed, it takes time for your body to turn them into a waste product. Some non-surgical treatments also use radiofrequency to melt fat without any instruments coming into direct contact with your body.
Since these procedures are less invasive and take longer to see results, you may need more than one treatment before you are satisfied with the results. A major benefit to these types of procedures is they typically require little or no recovery time, making them ideal for people with busy lives. Additionally, if you are concerned other people will notice a sudden change in your figure and assume you had plastic surgery, choosing non-surgical methods are ideal because the subtle changes over time are more discreet.
With numerous advances in fat removal procedures, there are ways to achieve the figure you want with less anesthesia and faster recovery times. Consider which options best fit your goals and lifestyle before making a decision and then get in touch with a professional, such as Medilaser, Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Center.