First, to cause blood loss
to be close to zero. It is not uncommon for us to remove 2 liters of fat with less than a tablespoon of blood loss. Second, the special local fluid prevents the shifting of fluids and salt balance in your body. Third, special anesthesia fluid can make your post-op recovery easy, some patients without pain or bruising whatsoever. The main question to ask your doctor is: do you place a small amount of local (called superwet anesthesia) or a large amount (called tumescent technique). The second consideration regards your awareness and anxiety
. Doctors will often give choices. Examples (from less strong to more strong) are oral valium
(so-called â€œawakeâ€ procedure), im valium shot, intravenous IV sedation (sleepy but arousable), and general anesthesia
. All options are safe for most patients, but different patients might strongly prefer one or the other option. Best rule of thumb: always use local anesthesia with liposuction, and let goldilocks determine the individual approach to anesthesia, not too much, not too little, just the right amount!