Vain deaths

2019-03-08 04:19:03

Cosmetic surgeons should re-evaluate the safety of a popular fat-removing procedure, say researchers in New York. Tumescent liposuction, which involves pumping a fat-busting solution containing the local anaesthetic lidocaine—also known as lignocaine—under the skin, has gained favour in the US because it avoids the need for a general anaesthetic or blood transfusions. Researchers at New York City’s Poison Control Center examined nearly 50 000 coroners’ reports and found five deaths linked to the operation, possibly because of a fatal reaction to lidocaine (The New England Journal of Medicine, vol 340,