Anesthesia for Liposuction
Various types of anesthesia can be used for liposuction procedures. Together, you and Dr. Lesavoy will select the type of anesthesia that provides the most safe and effective level of comfort for your surgery.
Liposuction can usually be performed under local anesthesia if only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved. Local anesthesia will numb only the affected areas. The local anesthesia, if you prefer, is usually used along with intravenous sedation to keep you more relaxed during the procedure. For more extensive procedures, regional anesthesia can be a good choice. The epidural block is a type of regional anesthesia, which is the same type of anesthesia commonly used in childbirth.
Some patients prefer general anesthesia, especially if a large volume of fat is being removed. A nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will be called in if this is the case to make sure you are completely asleep during the procedure.