Local Anesthesia, Safe and Painless
Dr. Solomon describes why he uses Local Anesthesia, or Tumescent Anesthesia, for almost all cosmetic surgery procedures.
“When we do all the procedures here, the patient has a choice. You can do the procedures with just oral sedation, and you do it awake, where the risk of general anesthesia is absolutely minimized. The risk of clots, the risk of pneumonias or DVTs, anything related to the general anesthesia reaction, regarding the tubing that is inserted in the throat. All of these different risk that goes with the anesthesia, is all minimized because we don’t do general anesthesia. Most of these procedures, thanks to the tumescent anesthesia, are able to do these with the tumescent with a little bit of oral sedation. And basically when we say tumescent, it’s a solution that we put lidocaine, epinephrine, and bicarbonate, inject that into any site that you’re going to operate on, and it numbs it completely, and you don’t feel anything. Whether it’s a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift, just about any procedure can be done that way. If somebody is really, does not want to see anything and absolutely, you know, doesn’t want to be awake while we do this procedure, then we have the option of doing some IV sedation where we can have the anesthesiologist or the nurse anesthetist put them to sleep. Still not general, but we can put them in deep sedation, where they’re not seeing anything or feeling anything.”
Dr. Solomon performs cosmetic surgery procedures in his own JACHO accredited facility in Palm Harbor, FL, located near Clearwater and St. Petersburg, FL.