If you’re considering having arm liposuction, it’s only natural to have some questions and concerns about the procedure. One common worry is about the pain of the surgery and the type of anesthetic used. These days, most cosmetic surgeons carry out all types of liposuction under a local anesthetic. Many patients are concerned about the idea of being awake during the operation. Yet, while there are times when a general anesthetic is advisable, usually a local anesthetic is the best choice.
The Problems with A General Anesthetic
General anesthetics come with several risks attached. Although the chances of a serious problem occurring while the patient is unconscious are small, they are nevertheless present. Also, a general anesthetic lengthens the recovery time. Nausea and vomiting may occur, which is unpleasant, especially after having a medical procedure. More importantly, the use of a general anesthetic means that there is more time pressure to complete the surgery rapidly. This means the surgeon must use more force and larger instruments. As a result, the trauma, bruising, and pain is all much worse.
The Benefits of Using a Local Anesthetic for Liposuction
Patients who receive a local anesthetic for their arm liposuction experience numerous benefits. Surgeons can use smaller cannulas. There is also less force required to remove the fat. This means that there is less trauma, less bruising, and less pain afterward. As the anesthetic also wears off slowly after the surgery, the patient remains pain-free for longer. Although it might sound frightening to be awake during a surgical procedure, rest assured you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable. There will be no pain, and you’ll have received medication to help you stay calm. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of being able to return home the same day as your treatment. Patients who have their lipo under a local anesthetic can return to normal activities within a few days. This isn’t always possible after a general anesthetic.
Interactive Liposuction Technique
The best reason to have a local anesthetic for lipo is that we can use our revolutionary Interactive Lipo technique. This pioneering method involves the patient interacting with the surgeon during the procedure to produce the best result. Dr. Su is the creator and pioneer of Interactive Lipo. This technique is the secret behind his very complete and beautifully sculpted results. He asks patients to move during the procedure and tense their muscles. This ensures that he can remove the maximum amount of excess fat around the full circumference of the arm. If you want true celebrity arms, our interactive liposuction technique is the best way to achieve it. Since Dr. Su can only perform it under a local anesthetic, this is a major reason to choose this option.
Choosing Artlipo For Your Procedure
If you’re keen to have arm liposuction, contact the Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery team today. Our expert surgeons can advise you about the best choice of anesthetic for your needs. As experts in the cosmetic surgery industry, we’re here to help you achieve the beautiful arms you desire.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.