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Month: July 2017


Is Liposuction safe to perform under local anesthesia?

If you need to get rid of unwanted pockets of fat and sculpt your body, liposuction is the number one choice. Each year thousands of men and women in the US undergo liposuction, in a bid to get the slimmer, sleeker body they desire. The procedure has traditionally been performed with general anesthesia, but is liposuction safe to perform under local anesthesia.

Liposuction is a safe and effective way to eliminate small localized areas of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. It is commonly used to contour areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, and arms.

Is liposuction safe to perform under local anesthesia?
Yes liposuction can be safely performed under local anesthesia. In fact, performing liposuction with local anesthesia has become the preferred option for many plastic surgeons because there is less risk involved. Most patients that have liposuction using this technique get good results.

The process of performing liposuction under local anesthesia is also known as tumescent liposuction. It involves the injection of large amounts of a diluted local anesthetic into the area targeted for liposuction.Injecting the solution in the subcutaneous fat below the skin helps to reduce the amount of swelling and bruising. It also minimizes bleeding during and after the operation.

Whether liposuction is being done under general or local anesthesia, patients should make certain that the procedure will be performed at an accredited facility by a plastic surgeon that has the necessary skill and experience with liposuction.

Liposuction in greater Boston, MA
Liposuction is available in greater Boston, MA, at the offices of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty.

Call today to schedule an appointment at his office in Boston (617)450-0070 or Concord (978)369-4499).

How soon can I wear a bathing suit after Liposuction procedure?

Many women opt to have liposuction done to get their body bikini-ready for summer. If you want to look your best when that time comes, one of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon is – How soon can I wear a bathing suit after liposuction procedure?

Liposuction for abikini-ready body
If you have some stubborn fat bulges that won’t come off despite a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen, liposuction may be a good option for you. Liposuction can smooth and contour your abdomen and flanks, and also sculpt your thighs.

How liposuction works
Liposuction is usually done on an outpatient basis. There are a variety of liposuction techniques, but the procedure typically involves the use of a cannula (small tube) that loosens the fat. The tube has a suction attached that suctions away the excess fat, and sculpts the body.

How soon can you wear a bathing suit after liposuction?
Most people are able to resume normal activities about 7 days after liposuction, since most of the swelling and bruising should resolve by that time. However, this may vary, because depending on the extent of the liposuction procedure the swelling can persist for up to 5 weeks.

So if you’re planning a vacation after liposuction you should be ready for the beach, and able to comfortably wear your bathing suit about 5 weeks out from your liposuction procedure. Your body should be in good shape by that time.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock, MD, to find out more about liposuction. Dr. Aycock has offices in Greenbrae (415) 925-1700) and Walnut Creek (925)-937-8377).

Call today for a consultation.

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