09 Apr Permanently Remove Fat without Anesthesia Risks
Before CoolSculpting, the revolutionary fat-freezing procedure with no downtime, liposuction was the only way to contour the body via permanent fat removal*. Spectrum Dermatology offers CoolSculpting as an alternative for patients who want to remove fat permanently* in a safer, more comfortable manner. The majority of liposuction procedures in the U.S. require general anesthesia (“going under”) because the liposuction process is invasive and can be quite painful.
Although liposuction procedures themselves are relatively safe and require only a very small incision, anesthesia can create a risk for some patients. General anesthesia requires a concoction of drugs to render a person unconscious. It is helpful in surgery because patients cannot move and have no memory of the procedure. However, how general anesthesia actually “works” is not well known, though it has been available in some form since the mid-19th century. Evidence does show that the drugs bind to proteins of the neurons to incapacitate them.
In some cases, general anesthesia can lead to postoperative delirium. This dramatic confusion usually does not last for long, but in some patients, it presents as a type of living nightmare. It is more common in older patients and those with existing mental deficits such as dementia.
Deaths linked to general anesthesia are relatively rare, but are (and should be) a concern for patients considering permanent fat removal*. There are a number of factors that increase complications with general anesthesia, including smoking, age, obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, taking certain medications, and seizures. However, there are additional potential side effects of anesthesia to consider before surgery.
General anesthesia has been linked to long-term cognitive issues, as highlighted in a 2013 study by Hong Kong researchers who analyzed brain activity in 462 general anesthesia patients. There are inherent risks with any surgery, particularly when general anesthesia is required. Practicing conservative measures is usually recommended in the medical field, and many patients prefer to avoid general anesthesia and surgery unless it is necessary.
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Fortunately, CoolSculpting offers a means of permanent fat removal without the risks of surgery or general anesthesia. In 30-minute non-invasive sessions, patients can target fat pockets and trouble areas. The fat is frozen within the body, then slowly disintegrates as it’s safely eliminated in coming weeks. Find out more about CoolSculpting as a safe liposuction alternative by calling Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.