"Can full abdominoplasty be done as effectively under IV sedation & regional/local anesthesia as general anesthesia? Is the extent of muscle tightening less?"
DR. POUSTI: You will find that there are a variety of different types of anesthesia that can be utilized during tummy tuck surgery. I personally perform tummy tuck surgery in an out patient surgery center, and under general anesthesia supervised by Board Certified Anesthesiologists. I believe that this type of anesthesia provides for a comfortable/safe/immobile environment to perform the relatively “extensive” procedure. I also believe that general anesthesia allows for optimal muscle relaxation which allows for appropriate re approximation of the abdominal wall muscles (diastasis recti) that have spread with weight gain/loss.