What To Expect With Awake Liposuction
Contour your ideal figure with Awake Liposuction
If you’re seeking a way to finally rid yourself of unwanted fat deposits to contour your ideal figure, consider Awake Liposuction. Awake Liposuction is a method of performing liposuction using oral sedation and local anesthesia, so patients remain awake and able to communicate with the surgeon during the procedure. It’s more cost-effective than traditional liposuction, and recovery time, although varying, is typically minimal – with patients often returning to work within a few days of the procedure.
Tumescent “Awake” Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries. Most procedures begin with a surgeon making a series of small incisions in areas of unwanted fat deposits; then, a solution is injected into the fatty layer of skin to help the surgeon identify and remove the excess fat. Tumescent “Awake” Liposuction excludes the use of intravenous or gaseous anesthesia, and instead uses local anesthesia and oral sedation so that patients can communicate with the surgeon during the procedure. These local anesthetics also ensure a patient’s comfort throughout the procedure until all fat is removed. While liposuction is not a substitute for an active lifestyle, it’s highly effective in ridding patients of unwanted fat deposits, and can even be advisable for health reasons.
Since local anesthesia is used, patients can communicate with the surgeon to ensure effective outcomes and reduce the need for touch-ups. Compared to traditional liposuction, Awake Liposuction procedures boast lower complication rates, minimal blood loss, lower cost, and less downtime with patients typically returning to work in just a few days. Patients sometimes see improvement immediately following the procedure, however, most see complete improvement in six months, as fluid retention decreases and swelling subsides. Lastly, liposuction tends to be a better option than other, non-surgical procedures, as fat is physically removed from exact areas of interest.
“Awake liposuction is a better option that other, trendy non-surgical procedures, as it removes fat cells once and for all and does not create scars,” said Dr. Connie Hiers, M.D. “Trendy procedures such as CoolSculpting or Zerona are simply not effective, and more than 25% of patients do not receive the results they intended when relying on those procedures alone.”
Are you a candidate?
The answer is very likely yes! You are likely a candidate for Awake Liposuction if you are seeking a way to safely and effectively shed excess, localized fat, and finally rid yourself of unwanted fat deposits despite your efforts in eating well and exercising. A surgeon, however, will be selective to be sure the patient obtains realistic result expectations and is stable with any underlying medical problems.
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*Facts and figures for this blog post were sourced from the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and Dr. Connie Hiers Plastic Surgery & Med Spa.