19 Dec 2023 | by Dr. Vickram Tandon, MD

In the realm of cosmetic surgery, advancements are constantly being made to enhance patient experience and reduce apprehensions associated with traditional procedures. Many patients now choose to undergo liposuction without the use of general anesthesia for a more personalized and comfortable experience. Let's delve into the details of this minimally invasive procedure that promises to reshape your body with less fear. 

Comfortability During the Procedure: 

While general anesthesia is available for those who prefer it, the procedure can safely be done without, reducing the associated risks. Dr. Tandon's approach begins by ensuring your comfort. For those that forego general anesthesia, patients may opt for an oral medication to take the edge off, making the entire experience more relaxing. Some patients even request nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) for an even more comfortable experience. 

“I encourage my patients to bring headphones or a VR mask to enhance their experience. This is a personal investment in an individual’s confidence, and patients really look forward to the outcome.  We want you to enjoy the experience!  Watching a movie or listening to your favorite playlist can help ensure a stress-free environment during the surgery.” 

Combining Procedures for Enhanced Results: 

For those seeking comprehensive transformations, Dr. Tandon offers the option to combine liposuction with fat transfer. This can be applied to areas like the face, breasts, or buttocks, providing a holistic approach to body contouring and enhancing overall results. 

Quick Recovery and Return to Normalcy: 

Unlike traditional surgeries, Dr. Tandon performs liposuction through tiny holes, each about the size of a grain of rice. These freckle-sized incisions allow for the suctioning of fat from various areas such as the chin, back, waist, and flanks.  “If you come in for a morning procedure, you’ll be back home by lunch!” 

One of the significant advantages of this minimally invasive technique is the swift recovery time. Most patients can return to their usual routine within a week and may return to the gym and other physical activities after several weeks. Dr. Tandon acknowledges that some soreness may be expected post-surgery, but it's relatively minimal. Patients are prescribed medications to manage any discomfort, ensuring a smoother recovery process. 

“For all my patients, a follow-up appointment is required 3-4 days post-op. Myself and my team take pride in being there for the patient every step of the way to give him or her the best possible experience.  I always do the first dressing change at that appointment and assess the initial recovery progress.  Results get better and better over time, but you can already begin to see improvements at that first post-op appointment.  I recently had a patient come in after her surgery with a new, form-fitting outfit on, dancing in the office out of pure joy! It is the best part of my job to see patients loving their results and beaming with a newfound confidence.” 

Planning for Summer 2024: 

Dr. Tandon emphasizes the importance of starting the journey to a summer-ready body in advance. Swelling and recovery are factors to consider. Skin tightening results also continue to improve over time, with noticeable improvements after the first follow-up appointment, though optimal results tend to be at least 6 months out.  

“The saying really is true that summer bodies are made in the winter!  If you are planning a vacation or a special event for next summer and wish to showcase your results, now is the time to get the process started.” 

Dr. Tandon's approach to liposuction without general anesthesia puts a focus on patient comfort, minimal invasivity, and quick recovery.  This procedure provides a promising avenue for those looking to transform their bodies with confidence and ease.  Dr. Tandon is a Harvard-trained Plastic Surgeon at the Boston Center for Plastic Surgery. Beyond his surgical proficiency and academic achievements, Dr. Tandon is known for his compassionate and attentive patient care. He believes in taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and goals. Through open and empathetic communication, Dr. Tandon collaborates closely with his patients to develop personalized treatment plans that align with their desires. 

Consider taking the first step now to unveil a more sculpted and confident version of yourself by summer 2024! 

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