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What Is Tumescent Liposuction?

Like traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction involves removing excess pockets of fat from the body using suction and a thin tube called a cannula. The difference is that, with tumescent liposuction, the surgeon injects an anesthetic solution into the area being treated.

The solution is made of a mixture of saline and a local anesthetic (such as lidocaine), which helps reduce discomfort and minimize bleeding during the procedure. The solution also makes it easier for the liposuction surgeon to remove fat by pumping up the area between the muscle and fatty tissue.

Many patients are candidates for tumescent liposuction under local anesthesia, which has fewer risks than general anesthesia. Tumescent liposuction is suitable for patients who have a stable body weight and are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight. It is not designed for weight loss or for obesity treatment.

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TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION CAN BE USED TO TREAT SEVERAL AREAS OF THE BODY, INCLUDING THE:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Butt
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Back

 

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction

Liposuction can help remove stubborn areas of exercise-resistant fat that may be virtually impossible to eliminate without intervention. By improving your body’s contour and weight distribution, you’ll likely find that clothes fit better and you’ll feel more confident.

Liposuction can also help improve certain LipLimedical conditions, including lipomas (non-cancerous tumors made of fatty tissue), gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men), and lipodystrophy syndrome (abnormal fat distribution).

Liposuction permanently removes fat from the body, but it’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle after surgery to prevent remaining fat cells from growing bigger.

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The Tumescent Liposuction Procedure: What to Expect

Here is a general overview of the tumescent liposuction procedure:

  • The day of your procedure, the team will prep you for surgery. The surgeon will mark the areas to be treated on your body while you’re standing up.
  • Once the team is ready for surgery, the anesthesiologist will administer IV sedation, which will make you relaxed and comfortable.
  • To begin the procedure, the surgical team will inject the tumescent solution. The surgeon will then create incisions, insert the cannula, and suction out the severed fat cells. The procedure usually takes about two hours but may take more or less time depending on your specific situation.
  • Once the procedure is complete, the team will cover the incisions with sterile wound dressings (the incisions will be very small and should not require stitches).

Most patients are able to walk normally after the procedure and can go home the same day (but you must have a driver).

Tumescent Liposuction Risks

As with any surgery, liposuction comes with some risks. These include:

  • Infection
  • Contour irregularities (bumpy or wavy-looking skin due to uneven fat removal or unusual healing)
  • Fluid accumulation under the skin
  • Nerve irritation or damage in the treated area
  • Fat embolism (a medical emergency that occurs when a piece of loose fat breaks off and enters a blood vessel)
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • Bad reaction to anesthesia

Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained surgeon, like Dr. Do, can help minimize these risks.

Non-Surgical Liposuction Alternatives

If you’re at higher risk of complications or you’d prefer a less invasive procedure, there are several non-invasive lipo options, including:

  • Ultrasound fat reduction, which uses ultrasound energy to target and dissolve fat cells.
  • Radiofrequency fat reduction, which uses radiofrequency to heat up and dissolve fat cells.
  • CoolSculpting, which crystallizes and painlessly breaks apart fat cells.

Dr. Do will discuss with you whether one of these procedures may be more appropriate for you based on your goals and concerns. You can have liposuction done as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other treatments, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

 

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