"Awake" Liposuction: Malpractice Tragedy Just Waiting to Happen

A new style of cosmetic liposuction leaves patients fully awake with only local injections of lidocaine to control their pain at the site where the doctor is suctioning their body fat. It's a bad idea all around -- dangerous, painful, and a potential tragedy to boot.

The "Awake" treatment is touted as a way for patients to experience their liposuction fully awake. But why would anyone want to? It's not better for patients. It only allows the operating doctor to skip the extra charge of having an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist present to keep the patient sedated safely.

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