There are so many liposuction options to consider when you’re looking to trim a little bit of excess fat on your body, but there is one surgical liposuction option that we recommend in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice above all others: Tumescent Liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction is considered the gold standard for liposuction procedures. It provides superior results, quick recovery and minimal chance of complications. Older methods of liposuction had the very real risk of excessive blood loss. In fact, in the past, patients were often required to donate their own blood several weeks before their procedure so it was available to transfuse back to them during the liposuction. Older methods of liposuction also required general anesthesia, which comes with additional risks. With tumescent liposuction, neither of these are an issue.
The word tumescent means swollen and firm, which is exactly what happens to the body part during a tumescent liposuction procedure. Your plastic surgeon will inject extremely diluted lidocaine, a local anesthetic, and epinephrine, which shrinks capillaries and reduces bleeding. Due to the volume of anesthetic liquids injected, there is no need for intravenous or general anesthesia. The epinephrine in the solution provides local vasoconstriction, virtually eliminating bleeding during and following the procedure.
In addition to the improved safety that comes with tumescent liposuction, the actual process is less painful with a quicker recovery time and superior results. In general, patients lose about one to two tablespoons of blood during tumescent liposuction, which is about the same amount required for pre-operative blood tests.
Bleeding and swelling are also minimized due to the small size of the incisions used during the procedure. The incisions are so small that they do not require stitches and remain open for a few days after the liposuction procedure. This allows the surgical fluid and blood to drain easily, reducing bruising and swelling.
You will probably be surprised by how good you feel immediately after the tumescent liposuction procedure. Most patients are alert and able to function well right away. You will be given a compression garment to help the skin contract and will be encouraged to get up and move around to aid in healing. The analgesic effects of the lidocaine will last about 24 hours. If you require anything else to manage your pain after that, over the counter acetaminophen works well and is sometimes recommended to patients; however, your plastic surgeon may prescribe a different form of pain control based on your needs and medical history. You will see visible improvements in days, although you may not see the final results from the procedure for a month or so.