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General anaesthesia was until quite recent essential for any cosmetic surgery intervention. Although before undergoing anaesthesia, prior tests are always carried out and there is a team of expert anaesthetists to ensure that everything goes well, as general anaesthesia can present two problems:

  • The greatest risk. Although applied in a clinic with guarantees and good professionals, the risks are low, but always greater than a local one, as a person needs to be totally asleep.
  • The recovery time. Recovering from general anaesthesia is not the same as doing it from a local. A person who has been completely anaesthetized needs to be under observation after the operation and, therefore, has to be admitted. The usual thing is that following an intervention in which a patient is fully asleep, if everything goes well, then the person stays in for at least twenty-four hours.

This is not only uncomfortable for the patient, it also increases the price of the operation and is one of the factors that previously made a liposuction considerably more expensive than it is now.

Local Anaesthesia

Currently, the vast majority of cosmetic surgery operations are performed under local anaesthesia. This has minimized risks and contributed to cheaper operations.

By taking fewer risks, many people who previously did not consider going through the operating room now value themselves, while encouraging themselves to leave behind their minor complexes or anything they did not like about their body, and rectifying them under medical supervision.

Patients recover very soon from the operation and the normal thing is that they can go home the same day of the intervention, which makes everything cheaper and, above all, much more comfortable.


During the interventions carried out at the Royal Aesthetic clinic, it is usual for the patient to be sedated. Sedation is not the same thing as anaesthesia as it is something a lot more milder and less risky. There are light sedations and deep sedations, but even in the case of a deep sedation, the risk is much lower.

The most important difference between general anaesthesia and deep sedation is that under sedation the patient will always continue to breathe on his own, something that does not happen when he falls asleep completely. However, when a patient is anaesthetized he needs artificial ventilation, precisely one of the risk factors.


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