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Is it possible to do liposuction under sedation without general anesthesia? How uncomfortable will it be?

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5 doctors agree

In brief: Comfortable

Beside is 2012, and we have safe a lot of general safe anesthesia, liposuction is comfortable and safe under local anesthesia, of course all depends of areas, patient desire, timeout, and general medical conditions.
If you are locking for very small areas you can go for velashape treatment, and or lipodisolve. More info go to www.Clearimagemiami.Com.

In brief: Comfortable

Beside is 2012, and we have safe a lot of general safe anesthesia, liposuction is comfortable and safe under local anesthesia, of course all depends of areas, patient desire, timeout, and general medical conditions.
If you are locking for very small areas you can go for velashape treatment, and or lipodisolve. More info go to www.Clearimagemiami.Com.
Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on how much?

Small areas of liposuction can be treated under sedation with a moderate amount of discomfort during the local anesthetic infiltration.
Larger areas are best done under general anesthesia or regional block.

In brief: Depends on how much?

Small areas of liposuction can be treated under sedation with a moderate amount of discomfort during the local anesthetic infiltration.
Larger areas are best done under general anesthesia or regional block.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Roxanne Sylora
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: It is possible

Lipo can be performed without general anesthesia.
How uncomfortable it is depends on the type of liposuction. Few can be performed with only local anesthesia (no sedation/no sleeping). Some can be performed with light sedation (twilight), and some would be best off with heavy sedation or general anesthesia.

In brief: It is possible

Lipo can be performed without general anesthesia.
How uncomfortable it is depends on the type of liposuction. Few can be performed with only local anesthesia (no sedation/no sleeping). Some can be performed with light sedation (twilight), and some would be best off with heavy sedation or general anesthesia.
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Liposuctionunder sedation is a safe procedure.
When properly administered, the patient will be comfortable during the procedure and will likely not recall the procedure itself.

In brief: Yes

Liposuctionunder sedation is a safe procedure.
When properly administered, the patient will be comfortable during the procedure and will likely not recall the procedure itself.
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Liposuction

Yes, depends the lipo, we are using local tumescent anesthesia, no general anesthesia , the local is only over the areas will be treated.

In brief: Liposuction

Yes, depends the lipo, we are using local tumescent anesthesia, no general anesthesia , the local is only over the areas will be treated.
Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is done that way frequently.

In brief: Yes

It is done that way frequently.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

It is technically possible to do liposuction under sedation, but it would need to be very heavy sedation as liposuction can be quite uncomfortable.
At that point, general anesthesia might be safer, depending on your medical history and airway. Either way, depending on the kind of liposuction being done, you want someone monitoring you for any complications of the procedure.

In brief: Maybe

It is technically possible to do liposuction under sedation, but it would need to be very heavy sedation as liposuction can be quite uncomfortable.
At that point, general anesthesia might be safer, depending on your medical history and airway. Either way, depending on the kind of liposuction being done, you want someone monitoring you for any complications of the procedure.
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depending on the area involved and personal anxiety a deeper anesthetic may be more appropriate, but local with sedation can be an excellent choice in the right circumstance.

In brief: Yes

Depending on the area involved and personal anxiety a deeper anesthetic may be more appropriate, but local with sedation can be an excellent choice in the right circumstance.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Depends

This depends both on your plastic surgeon, as well as the amount and location of the procedure.
Some areas will require general anesthesia, whereas other will just require sedation. Talk to your plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist and work out the best plan for you.

In brief: Depends

This depends both on your plastic surgeon, as well as the amount and location of the procedure.
Some areas will require general anesthesia, whereas other will just require sedation. Talk to your plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist and work out the best plan for you.
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: LIpo with IV anesth

Liposuction is performed by many plastic surgeons under IV or twilight anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
I actually perform all of my liposuction cases under twilight IV anesthesia. Patients experience much less post operative nausea and wake up from surgery much faster. It eliminates the pulmonary risks associated with general anesthesia. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez baltimore, maryland.

In brief: LIpo with IV anesth

Liposuction is performed by many plastic surgeons under IV or twilight anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
I actually perform all of my liposuction cases under twilight IV anesthesia. Patients experience much less post operative nausea and wake up from surgery much faster. It eliminates the pulmonary risks associated with general anesthesia. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez baltimore, maryland.
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology

In brief: Yes

Tumescent liposuction is safe and effective when done under local anesthesia.
In fact, it is much safer to be done under local anesthesia than general anesthesia. Patients are very comfortable with mild sedation with liposuction done with local anesthesia. The surgeon has to be more gentle and less aggressive when the patient is awake however. Fat is easier to remove using smartlipo (laser lipo).

In brief: Yes

Tumescent liposuction is safe and effective when done under local anesthesia.
In fact, it is much safer to be done under local anesthesia than general anesthesia. Patients are very comfortable with mild sedation with liposuction done with local anesthesia. The surgeon has to be more gentle and less aggressive when the patient is awake however. Fat is easier to remove using smartlipo (laser lipo).
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Dr. H. william Song
Aesthetic Medicine

In brief: Yes!

Laser assisted liposuction techniques such as smartlipo® has revolutionized liposuction.
The laser melts the fat and cauterizes the blood vessels making it much easier and safer with better results and no general anesthesia. My patients are awake, talking and report very minimal discomfort during the procedure.

In brief: Yes!

Laser assisted liposuction techniques such as smartlipo® has revolutionized liposuction.
The laser melts the fat and cauterizes the blood vessels making it much easier and safer with better results and no general anesthesia. My patients are awake, talking and report very minimal discomfort during the procedure.
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery

In brief: Yes

Not bad at all in my exp.

In brief: Yes

Not bad at all in my exp.
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Possible but not fun

It depends on the area.
I do small volumes all the time under local, but larger areas require heavy sedation or general anesthesia. It is often safer to do it under a general anesthesia than to try to sedate you into being comfortable enough to do the procedure.

In brief: Possible but not fun

It depends on the area.
I do small volumes all the time under local, but larger areas require heavy sedation or general anesthesia. It is often safer to do it under a general anesthesia than to try to sedate you into being comfortable enough to do the procedure.
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Dr. Juris Bunkis
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Lipo under local

It's possible to do liposuction under sedation but it is uncomfortable and not necessary in 2012! anesthetics are very safe and make the total experience much more comfortable.
For more information, look at http://ocps.Com/procedures/liposuction.

In brief: Lipo under local

It's possible to do liposuction under sedation but it is uncomfortable and not necessary in 2012! anesthetics are very safe and make the total experience much more comfortable.
For more information, look at http://ocps.Com/procedures/liposuction.
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Dr. Keyian Paydar
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

I do a lot of my liposuction on patients in this manner. Conscious sedation is a way to go if you dont have too much fat to remove and as long as its a couple hour procedure.
For more elaborate liposuction it will be safer to do it under general anesthesia. I do increase the numbing medication in the liposuction fluid for better pain relief during the procedure. You will have post op discomfort.

In brief: Yes

I do a lot of my liposuction on patients in this manner. Conscious sedation is a way to go if you dont have too much fat to remove and as long as its a couple hour procedure.
For more elaborate liposuction it will be safer to do it under general anesthesia. I do increase the numbing medication in the liposuction fluid for better pain relief during the procedure. You will have post op discomfort.
Dr. Keyian Paydar
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Dr. Dean Vistnes
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes it is

Many patients have liposuction under local anesthesia with either oral or IV sedation.
Some areas are more difficult to get numb than others. If you get the area numbed up well it is very tolerable although the numbing process can be a bit uncomfortable.

In brief: Yes it is

Many patients have liposuction under local anesthesia with either oral or IV sedation.
Some areas are more difficult to get numb than others. If you get the area numbed up well it is very tolerable although the numbing process can be a bit uncomfortable.
Dr. Dean Vistnes
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