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Can Cosmetic Surgery Be Done Under Local Anethesia?


Many patients wonder about the different options for anesthesia and sometimes want to know if it is safe to do cosmetic surgery under local anesthesia. We all want to achieve the best possible results with the least amount of downtime and pain possible. Patients need to be realistic about their tolerance for pain and also trust the recommendation of your surgeon related to what type of anesthesia is appropriate to perform the procedure you are electing to have. Some procedures can be safely done under local anesthesia.

Smaller procedures with less impact typically can be done with good results under local anesthesia such as scar revision, small amounts of liposuction or minor lip procedures.

Significant impact operations such as breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks and facelifts must be monitored continuously under anesthesia to achieve results.

It is important to make sure your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This highest level of certification means the surgeon is safe to do surgery both under local and general anesthesia. Some doctors offer surgery only under local anesthesia because they have had hospital privileges revoked or are not licensed to perform surgery under general anesthesia. This is extremely important as your safety could be at risk. All surgeons at Austin-Weston are board-certified in Plastic Surgery.

General anesthesia is safe when performed in an accredited facility and by licensed practitioners, and this is why we staff a fully-accredited facility with 5 operating rooms.

If you live in the Northern Virginia or Washington, DC area and are ready to reclaim your confidence, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at (703) 893-6168 or submit a form online to request an appointment.

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