What Is Tumescent Liposuction Like?
Tumescent liposuction is a modern fat-reduction technique that can target stubborn fatty deposits in numerous areas of the body. This technique is superior to traditional liposuction because of its unique process that makes use of lidocaine and epinephrine.
Patients who undergo tumescent liposuction find recovery easier and more comfortable, and they typically experience more aesthetically pleasing results than with traditional liposuction.
We couple our tumescent liposuction with PAL (power-assisted liposuction). PAL involves use of a powered cannula for more efficient fat loosening and reduced tissue trauma.
How Does Tumescent Liposuction Work?
The word “tumescent” means swollen and firm. This lipo technique makes use of a tumescent solution of diluted lidocaine and epinephrine, which is injected into the subcutaneous fat of the patient.
Once injected, the epinephrine causes natural vasoconstriction that prevents bleeding.
The injected site swells in size and becomes firm (tumescent). This makes it easier for the surgeon to manipulate and control the fat. Because bleeding is prevented, bruising after the procedure is greatly minimized.
Popular Areas for Tumescent Liposuction
The jawline: The jawline is a popular area for subtle contouring, since this helps to eliminate jowls.
The neck: After reducing excess neck fat, the neck can look more sculpted and youthful.
The chin: The dreaded double chin is no match for this treatment. After removing deposits of fat from this area, the entire face looks better with minimal effort.
The breasts: This allows for better contouring and shaping of the breasts to make them more appealing.
The stomach: Tumescent liposuction can sculpt a tighter tummy. This treatment is popular in the summertime and requires good skin elasticity for best results.
The hips: The love handles are contoured away to restore a fitter appearance to the stubborn hip area.
The back: Eliminating bunched-up fat in the mid back allows patients to achieve an improved appearance.
The thighs: The upper and inner thighs are especially popular areas for tumescent liposuction during the summertime.
The flanks: Sculpting the appearance of the flanks lets you show off an hourglass figure.
The buttocks: Removing excess fat from the buttocks improves definition and curve.
Knees, calves, and ankles: Addressing these areas with liposuction results in a shapelier look for the lower legs.
Male breasts: The male chest can be targeted with this procedure to reduce gynecomastia for a more masculine appearance.
The Tumescent Liposuction Procedure
The tumescent technique involves an injection of epinephrine and lidocaine into the target site. The skin swells, and the blood vessels shrink and diminish. A scalpel is used to create a tiny incision, and a powered cannula is inserted. The cannula oscillates, loosening fat cells from the surrounding tissues. The fat is suctioned away through the cannula via medical suction.
Tumescent Liposuction Recovery
You will be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection during tumescent liposuction recovery. You must wait a few weeks before exercise, and you will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling. Time off work may be required.