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A cheaper way to get a nip tuck? Patients go for local anaesthetic

Here we look at money saving advice on facelift and plastic surgery
By Editorial on Jan 4th, 2017   @freelotteriesuk

Nip tucks performed under sedation are set to be hottest 2017 cosmetic surgery trend, the Plastic Surgery Group (TPSG) says, as nine out of ten patients opt to have facelifting surgery under local anaesthetic.

If the buzzword on the lips of beauty editors in 2016 was non-surgical 'tweakments' – a new wave of cosmetic procedures promising more subtle and natural results – then its 2017 counterpart looks set to be the 'Twilight Tweakment'.

An enhancement that's easier on the wallet

Taking the concept of the minimalist enhancement a step further and extending its reach into the world of cosmetic surgery, the Twilight Tweakment refers to walk-in, walk-out procedures which are performed under sedation or local anaesthetic, have reduced downtime and offer safer and more natural results – as well as being cheaper!

In 2016, TPSG surgeons have seen a huge increase in the demand for procedures done under local anaesthetic. The biggest shift has been in facelifting surgery; in the second half of 2016, the majority of TPSG facelifts were done under local anaesthetic. Of the facelifts booked for 2017, only one in ten have opted to have their surgery under general anaesthetic.

The Plastic Surgery Group, which was founded by a collective of expert surgeons who are all full members of the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, has predicted that in 2017 we will see more cosmetic surgery procedures done this way as well as a shift towards smaller, more understated implants.

A culture shift in the UK

Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mo Akhavani comments, 'North Americans have been doing office-based procedures under local for many years as it's more cost effective. We in Britain are always ten years or so behind our American colleagues but there has been a culture shift and our understanding of ambulatory patient pathways in surgery has improved over the past few years.

'Instead of being admitted to hospital many patients can be safely treated and discharged the same day.'

Operations under local anaesthetic are safer, cheaper and have less post-operative nausea. Because the patient remains awake and alert during the procedure, they are able to recover much quicker than if they were completely knocked unconscious under general anaesthetic. There is also no need for them to starve or avoid certain medications before their op if they are having it under local or sedation.