My liposuction patients from Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area have several options for anesthesia. For those interested in treating only one or two areas of their body, local anesthesia is a great option. Typically, more anesthesia is desirable when treating multiple areas or removing larger volumes of fat. In my consultations with patients, I help them prioritize their goals and understand their best options, including anesthesia.
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The types of anesthesia I use for liposuction procedures in my practice include:
Local anesthesia with or without oral sedation
Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, sometimes called “twilight” sedation
“Light” general anesthesia, where the patient is asleep
Full general anesthesia, where the patient is asleep and muscles are relaxed
Local anesthesia helps to minimize the hassle of small surgical procedures for patients. It reduces the necessary preparation, side effects, and downtime from surgery.
The local anesthesia I use is a two-step process. I first inject the access incision sites with concentrated lidocaine. The needle is tiny and relatively painless. Once numb, I infuse a large amount of dilute local anesthesia solution into the fatty layers of tissue. I usually chat with the patient during this process so that they’re distracted. Most patients report afterward that they found the process easy and tolerable. My extensive experience is very helpful in making this a smooth process for my patients.
Some patients want sedation when they’re having liposuction, but want to avoid general anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia involves intravenous sedation in addition to local anesthesia as described above. If deep sedation is required for patient comfort, it’s usually better to use a light general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist.
Light General Anesthesia
Our board-certified M.D. anesthesiologists commonly administer a light general anesthesia for liposuction patients. The patients are given medications in low doses that are just enough for the patient to drift off to sleep. Then the anesthesiologist places a mask in the patient’s mouth to monitor their breathing. At that point I infuse a large amount of dilute local anesthesia solution into the fatty layers so that a minimal amount of general anesthesia is required for the patient to remain asleep. After I complete the liposuction procedure, the patient awakens with no recollection of the surgery. They’re typically walking within 30 minutes.
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Full General Anesthesia
For major body contouring procedures such as tummy tucks and body lifts, it is often advantageous for the anesthesiologist to relax the patient’s muscles during surgery. When necessary, this deeper level of sedation allows me to perform these larger procedures in the safest manner possible. I use only board certified M.D. anesthesiologists for general anesthesia.
I use modern anesthesia equipment to keep my patients safe and comfortable. I only operate in certified surgical facilities that also meet my own rigorous standards for excellence. This includes an experienced team of nurses and support staff who assist me in doing the best job possible for my patients.
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