Business Update to Coronavirus   To Request A Consultation Click Here Or Call Us At 757-491-3535 | Find Us On Facebook

Top 5 Questions Regarding Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia

Top 5 Questions Regarding Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia

Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia

Liposuction is an extremely common surgical procedure performed in the US and can be applied to a variety of different sites on the body to remove unwanted fat.

This procedure is performed through small incisions made near the area where fat is to be removed. A thin instrument known as a cannula is inserted through the incision to loosen unwanted fat, which is then suctioned out of the body.

When most people think of this procedure they assume that they must be put under general anesthesia; however, it is possible (and also common) to do it under local anesthesia. An oral sedative and pain pill are generally given to most patients who undergo liposuction with local anesthesia to promote relaxation.

Who is a good candidate?

Just about anyone who is in good general health can opt to have liposuction performed in this way. Whether this is the appropriate choice depends on the how comfortable the patient is with being awake during the procedure. It’s also dependent upon the plastic surgeon’s discretion and his or her ability to achieve the desired result using this method.

What are the benefits?

It is a very safe procedure and patients are comfortable throughout. Performing the surgery under local anesthesia using lidocaine rather than general anesthesia allows patients to return to their regular routine more quickly. It is a more cost-effective option compared some of the other non-invasive fat reduction treatments that are available, and results may be more dramatic.

Which areas can be treated?

Small areas of fat on the abdomen, waist, thighs and under the chin are some areas people often have treated under local anesthesia.

Are there limitations?

There are two limiting factors to consider regarding liposuction under local anesthesia. There are limits to the amount of lidocaine (local anesthetic) that can be used and limits to the amount of fat that can be removed. It is important to realize that the larger the area to be treated, the more lidocaine required. In some cases, this will be inappropriate. If multiple areas need to be treated or a large amount of fat is to be removed from a single anatomic area, general anesthesia is very safe and may be preferred and more appropriate. These limitations are designed to ensure patient safety.

Contact us today to meet with one of our skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss which procedure may be best for you, or give us a call at 757-491-3535.

  • Lisa Turner
    Lisa Turner

    Hands down this is the most amazing plastic surgery office! No haggling and Dr. Jacobs will not perform a surgery if the scar exceeds the benefit. His words exactly which is exactly what I want to know ahead of time not after the surgery is done. Dr. Jacobs is a phenomenal surgeon and I trust him 150%. Felecia his nurse is as wonderful as Dr. Jacobs!!

  • I visited Dr. Johnathan Jacob's Office to see about getting a Lipoma removed from my upper left shoulder. After meeting Dr. Jacob's he discussed with me what needed to be done to remove it. I was very happy with the surgery and how good a surgeon he is. I was very satisfied with the procedure and the outcome. I was happy with his staff also they took good care of me. ???

  • Karolyn Lea
    Karolyn Lea

    I am very pleased with Dr. Alspaugh and staff. I appreciate his honesty and his ability to give good advice. He was very professional and made sure I was comfortable. I’m looking forward to working hard and encouraged to start on this new journey to improve my look and my health...all in one. He’s so amazing.

  • Charity Wilder
    Charity Wilder

    Felicia is the absolute BEST. If you enjoy the feeling when people say, “You look too young to have a 19 year old.” Then book an appointment with Felicia immediately. She’s the sweetest human being on the planet and excellent at her job.

  • Love the staff!! They are so friendly and take time with you to really listen to your needs. Highly recommend!!

  • Julie Jackson
    Julie Jackson

    'My experiences at Associates in Plastic Surgery have all been outstanding. I have been a patient for more than 10 years. Dr. John Alspaugh is pleasant, patient and very informative. He listens to you and your concerns. I am always very happy with the results. Cheryl, his nurse is amazing! Go see her! She is sweet and knowledgeable. She eases my nerves and answers all of my questions and concerns. She even makes me laugh. Wonderful, caring staff.