Although many non-surgical methods are available for removal of localized fat deposits, liposuction in local anesthesia still remains the most effective way to remove unwanted fat.
The technique (called tumescent) involves the injection of large volumes of diluted lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (drug that shrinks vessels) into the fat under the skin. The lidocaine provides such complete local anesthesia, that it eliminates the need for general anesthesia, or IV sedation or “twilight sleep”.
Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through small incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
The patient can return home almost immediately, the pain during the procedure and the following days is minimized, the bruising is minimal and the recovery is very fast. The new technique has eliminated the dangers and complications associated with the older forms of liposuctions in general anesthesia.
Common areas for the procedure include the hips, the arms, the neck and the belly.
Price can range between 2000-3000 euros.