Liposuction can be a powerful tool to help remove unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Tumescent Liposuction under Local Anesthesia
Until the late 1980’s, when Dr. Jeffrey Klein introduced tumescent liposuction under local anesthesia, all liposuction procedures were performed either in a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia, often involving great blood loss, bruising, significant post-operative pain, and weeks of downtime. Although many plastic surgeons still perform hospital or surgery center-based liposuction under general anesthesia, many cosmetic surgeons now perform tumescent liposuction right in the comfort and convenience of their cosmetic medical practice. Performing liposuction with local anesthesia, versus general anesthesia, offers liposuction patients many distinct advantages, including less pain, downtime, and scarring than ever before, not to mention the absence of the risks of general anesthesia. And because in-office tumescent liposuction does not involve significant hospital or surgery center costs, the price point is now more accessible to anyone interested in removing unwanted fat in areas such as the stomach, flanks, hips, thighs, arms (“bat wings”), chin, and more.