Lunchtime Liposuction?

We all may have heard of lunchtime liposuction, but is lunchtime liposuction really possible? That is the question. It is true that liposuction is one of the least invasive plastic surgery procedures. Liposuction involves the removal of fat cells without disruption to nerves surrounding the treatment area(s). The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia which does not require recovery time when compared to general anesthesia. In fact, very small cannulas are used to remove fat during liposuction, allowing for very small incisions. Because minute incisions and small cannulas are necessary, there is “less trauma” associated with the liposuction procedure. And “less trauma” means less pain. But lunchtime liposuction?

Lunchtime liposuction is often associated with newer liposuction methods such as laser lipo and ultrasonic lipo. Laser lipo and ultrasonic lipo do offer a less invasive approach to liposuction when compared to the tumescent approach. However, the only proven methods for safe permanent fat removal are traditional liposuction and tumescent liposuction. Too, there may be variations in the tumescent approach that involve the use of other equipment such as ultrasonic. Depending upon the goals of the patient, laser lipo or ultrasonic lipo may be appropriate. Yet, it’s important to ask the laser lipo surgeon or ultrasonic lipo physician about their experience with the technology because it is fairly new, including:

  • Inquire about the extent of bruising, swelling when compared to the tumescent approach.
  • Inquire about the type of anesthesia that will be used in the procedure. Local anesthesia involves an injection that numbs the treatment area. Local anesthesia affects only the treatment area. Sedation may be used in combination with local anesthesia. Sedation agents affect the entire body and require patients to rest following the procedure. Topical anesthetics may be used in some liposuction forms as well.
  • Inquire about a requirement to lie down and rest following the liposuction procedure. This requirement varies, depending upon the approach to the procedure. Usually, all liposuction patients must refrain from work on the day of the liposuction procedure.
  • Inquire about the risk of complications which may result in the need to rest in the days following liposuction treatment.

Lunchtime liposuction does sound appealing. But the reality may be a bit different that one may expect.

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