Weight gain causes undesirable changes in the appearance of the body. The addition of stubborn pockets of fat can feel embarrassing and can make people feel very self-conscious. For those who would like to sculpt away those unwanted inches, liposuction is an effective solution.

Liposuction is the plastic-surgery procedure used to remove fatty deposits from the body in order to reduce areas in volume. It is ideal for a number of areas, including the thighs, back, buttocks, knees, chest, abdomen, and arms.

In the process of liposuction, a thin tube is inserted into the target region, through which the excess fat is carried out using medical suction. The tube, which is known as a cannula, is inserted through a small incision. The sharp end of the cannula is used for breaking up the fat cells so that they can be more easily suctioned out.

What Is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is a type of liposuction that effectively eliminates the risks that came along with older techniques. The word “tumescent” means swollen and firm. In the process of tumescent liposuction, a tumescent solution of lidocaine, saline, and epinephrine is injected into the fat beneath the skin before fat removal. This makes the targeted area become swollen and firm.

The main reason behind the use of lidocaine is to provide local anesthesia that eliminates any requirement for general anesthesia. Epinephrine promotes localized vasoconstriction, which lessens bleeding during the procedure.

Once the tumescent-liposuction procedure is complete, the patient will go home and rest. For best results, make sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s care instructions as closely as possible.

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction offers a number of benefits:

• The technique uses local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Thus, the risks that come along with general anesthesia can be avoided.

• The epinephrine in the tumescent solution causes constriction of blood vessels, making it so bleeding can be kept to a minimum. Tumescent liposuction involves the usage of as low as 15 to 30 ml blood. This is the normal volume used up during any routine laboratory test. With the implementation of the tumescent technique, blood transfusions are no longer a part of liposuction.

• There is usually less bruising in the skin after tumescent liposuction is performed. This is firstly because there is less blood loss and secondly due to smaller incisions that won’t require stitches. Less bruising means an overall more comfortable recovery process.

Contact Our Office to Learn More

If you are interested in undergoing tumescent liposuction to contour areas of your body, contact Anson, Edwards & Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates and arrange a helpful consultation.

As part of your consultation, you will discuss your medical history, including any medications you are currently taking and any allergies you have. You will also undergo a thorough examination.

Our skilled medical professionals will give you an in-depth explanation of the tumescent-liposuction process and will answer any questions you may have. You will be able to look at before-and-after photos and can discuss your aesthetic goals for the procedure.