Here is a step-by-step description of how liposuction is typically done under local anesthesia:
Consultation and Evaluation:
Before the procedure, the surgeon will assess the patient’s overall health and discuss their goals and expectations.
The surgeon will identify the specific areas to be treated and determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for liposuction.
The patient may be asked to avoid certain medications, such as blood thinners, before the procedure.
On the day of the surgery, the patient is typically instructed to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
The targeted areas are injected with a solution containing a local anesthetic (usually lidocaine), epinephrine (to constrict blood vessels and minimize bleeding), and a saline solution.
The tumescent solution helps numb the area, making the procedure more comfortable for the patient and reducing the need for general anesthesia.
Small incisions (usually less than a quarter of an inch) are made in inconspicuous locations near the targeted areas.
These incisions serve as entry points for the cannula, a thin tube used to suction out the fat.
The surgeon inserts the cannula through the incisions and moves it back and forth to break up and suction out the excess fat.
The surgeon sculpts the treated areas to achieve the desired contour.
Throughout the procedure, the patient’s vital signs are monitored to ensure their safety.
Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, the incisions are typically left open to allow drainage of any remaining tumescent fluid.