You may be happy with your body for the most part, but have trouble spots that simply will not respond to diet and exercise. If you have reached a healthy weight and do not expect to have additional fluctuations in your weight due to pregnancy or other changes in your body, tumescent liposuction could be the answer for you. Tumescent liposuction can help you to eliminate stores of fat in those annoying areas that do not always respond to weight loss efforts, such as the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and upper back. With tumescent liposuction, you can get rid of the fat and have a shorter recovery time as well.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that uses the injection of a large amount of local anesthesia to the fat in the areas of concern. Highly diluted lidocaine is injected into the deep layers of fat as well as a capillary constrictor known as epinephrine. Through this process, the fat becomes tumescent, or firmer and swollen. It is easier to remove the fat during the liposuction procedure and you will only be required to have local anesthesia for your comfort. By avoiding the use of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, your recovery time will be reduced. In addition, you will experience less bleeding and swelling with this type of procedure.
What to Expect During Tumescent Liposuction
Tumescent liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis. Your surgeon will begin by injecting diluted lidocaine and epinephrine into the area of your body that is to be treated. A small incision will be made and a cannula will be inserted into the incision. A cannula is a thin, hollow tube that will loosen the tumescent fat. The fat will be suctioned out and your incisions will be closed. Thanks to the benefits of tumescent liposuction, you should experience less bleeding during this procedure, have minimal swelling or discomfort, and be able to leave after treatment in a shorter period. Your doctor will provide you with instructions about care for your incisions and any restrictions in activity.
Are You a Candidate for Tumescent Liposuction?
If you have reached your goal weight through diet and exercise but still have trouble spots, tumescent liposuction could work for you. Tumescent liposuction is not intended for significant weight loss. You will need to be diligent about your fitness regimen and eating habits to maintain results after your procedure. If you are allergic to lidocaine or prone to highly allergic reactions, your surgeon may recommend another alternative for treatment.
We at the John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa offers tumescent liposuction. Dr. John Bull will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about liposuction. Make an appointment with us today to discuss the possibility of tumescent liposuction to help you feel and look your best.