Will I be able to undergo liposuction under general anesthesia? I would hate to wake up or be aware of what is going on.
You may certainly undergo liposuction under general anesthesia. I usually perform liposuction under local tumescent anesthesia with an oral sedative, such as valium for a number of reasons. Depending upon the number of area you are interested in having addressed with liposuction, the longer the procedure will take. The longer the procedure takes, the higher the risk for a complication called deep venous thrombosis. When the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative, you actually are extremely relaxed but, you will be able to move your legs and turn on your side. Not only does this decrease the chance of forming a clot in your legs but, it also helps me get to some of the more difficult areas of your waistline, hips, and thighs when you are having these areas treated. Finally, the cost for general anesthesia can be quite high for a longer case and many of my patients are very pleased with the lower cost of the local anesthesia as they are extremely comfortable and quite calm.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld