Safety of Office Sedation in 100 Liposculpture Cases

Author: 
Argero Xaftellis
Volume Number: 
2
Issue Number: 
1
Publication Year: 
2006

There is no doubt that the frequency of cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased in the last 10years, with a preference for minimally invasive techniques that are not only safe and effective but also offer reduced downtime. Coupled with the increasing obesity in western countries, it is no surprise that the demand for tumescent liposculpture continues to grow. The tumescent liposculpture technique differs from other traditional methods by the administration of local anesthesia in controlled volumes of fluid, coupled with a cocktail of adrenaline and bicarbonate. This offers the patient fewer skin irregularities, less bleeding, reduced bruising and a faster recovery. Furthermore, the use of low levels of local anesthesia makes the tumescent technique ideal for conscious sedation. By definition, conscious sedation (also known as twilight sedation) is a drug induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation1. Conscious sedation can be performed in an office or in the hospital setting.

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