All modern liposuction is tumescent liposuction. The days of having to be put under general anesthesia for liposuction surgeries are long behind us. Tumescent liposuction gives patients the same fat removal and body contouring benefits as traditional liposuction without the risks of general anesthesia and offers a quicker recovery time.
Tumescent liposuction is the most popular lipo method, and it’s the most common cosmetic procedure in the US. We exclusively use the tumescent technique at Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic for our patients seeking fat removal and better body contouring.
Learn more about the procedure and find out if tumescent lipo is the appropriate method for you.
Acclaimed dermatologic surgeon Jeffrey Klein, MD, invented tumescent liposuction as a better, less-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. Dr. Klein has been training cosmetic and plastic surgeons across the globe since 1994. Today, tumescent liposuction is the gold standard for removing unwanted body fat that doesn’t react to diet and exercise.
With the tumescent technique, small incisions are made in treatment areas (like traditional lipo).
Tumescent lipo is a modification of the “wet technique.” The wet technique combines traditional and tumescent liposuction that often requires general anesthesia or IV sedation in conjunction with tumescent local anesthesia, making this type of lipo much riskier than tumescent liposuction alone.
The doctor uses a tumescent fluid which is a saline solution containing epinephrine and lidocaine. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels to decrease blood flow to the injection site, and lidocaine provides local anesthesia to keep you feeling comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. The nerve-blocking drug numbs large areas of subcutaneous fat, allowing the doctor to perform the lipo procedure.
Some body fat is just hard to get rid of, especially around the belly, waist, hips, and thighs. When you’re feeling defeated in the gym and not seeing results, it can get discouraging. That’s where liposuction comes in. If you’re unsure which type of liposuction is best for you, it’s essential to know the difference. Tumescent liposuction is, of course, less invasive. Both procedures can deliver the fat-removing results you want.
Not only is tumescent liposuction just as effective as traditional liposuction, the technique often renders a better outcome than conventional methods.
This is one of the biggest benefits of the tumescent liposuction technique compared to traditional lipo. General anesthesia is ideal for invasive medical procedures, but it’s unnecessary for minor cosmetic surgery like liposuction. Being “put to sleep” often carries risks and requires a surgical team to monitor the patient’s breathing, vital functions, and brain activity during surgery. Many patients experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, temporary confusion, and muscle aches after general anesthesia. The body can take up to a week to completely eliminate the medicines from your system.
Tumescent liposuction can be performed all over the body to remove unwanted, annoying fat deposits.
Commonly targeted areas to perform tumescent liposuction include:
Surgeons will opt for local anesthesia whenever possible – simply because it’s safer. A local anesthetic will numb pain in specific areas. You’ll remain awake, responsive, and aware during your tumescent liposuction with us. Your brain will stay in charge, but you won’t feel any pain.
During your tumescent liposuction procedure, the doctor will carefully monitor your blood pressure, respiratory rate, and vital functions. Tumescent liposuction never requires general anesthesia. Our patients have never reported any significant adverse reactions to local anesthesia.
Before treatment, your doctor will mark where your small incisions will be placed on your body. Your incision site will be anesthetized, and the doctor will make a small cut where the cannula will be inserted. A cannula will be inserted into the treatment area to distribute the tumescent solution. The solution effectively numbs your subcutaneous fat (the jiggly fat visible just under the skin) and your deeper layers of fat.
Once you’re completely numb and comfortable, your doctor will begin to dislodge and eliminate fat deposits. Tumescent liposuction can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the amount of fat the patient has, the size of the treatment area, and whether multiple locations are being treated. Sutures are usually not required, but patients can expect to wear a compression garment immediately following the treatment. Compression garments aid with healing by helping excess tumescent fluid drain from the body. The garments also help reduce swelling and bruising.
Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed at our state-of-the-art Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic office. Your doctor will keep you for minor observations. You can return home within a few hours after your procedure. There is no need for an overnight hospital stay with tumescent liposuction. You can recover safely in the comfort of your own home.
You can expect a much faster recovery and less postoperative pain with tumescent liposuction compared to traditional liposuction. There’s lighter blood loss during tumescent lipo, minimal bruising, and minor swelling.
Some soreness and tenderness are perfectly normal following the procedure. Pain should subside within a few days. Most patients can return to work within one to two days with mild bruising and soreness. Traditional lipo patients will usually have to wait around one week to return to work for comparison.
Tumescent liposuction safely and effectively removes fat deposits from the difficult-to-treat regions of the body. The tumescent technique is ideal for both men and women who have a hard time getting rid of excess fat with non-surgical methods like eating healthy and hitting the gym.
When your doctor injects your treatment areas with the solution, it causes the subcutaneous fat to become more firm. Firm fat provides better control when reshaping your curves and fine-tuning your figure.
Helping you achieve your ideal body is what we do best. At Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic, we use microcannulas, which are smaller versions of traditional cannulas to help eliminate any scarring or noticeable post-surgical irregularities on your skin. For most patients, the incisions are virtually undetectable once fully healed.
If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted fat, there are a few things to consider. Liposuction is not a surgical procedure for weight loss. If you’re severely overweight, eliminating fat cells with lipo likely won’t give you the results you want. The ideal candidates for tumescent liposuction should be in relatively good overall health, live an active lifestyle, and be within reach of their goal weight.
Patients with firm, undamaged, and stretch mark-free skin should see adequate tightening following the procedure. If you have skin irregularities, your skin is thin, sun-damaged, or you have stretch marks, you may not qualify for tumescent liposuction. Loose skin will not usually tighten once the fat is removed. You may need another type of plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure to get the most beneficial results.
If you’re a smoker, please keep in mind you will need to stop smoking tobacco four weeks before your surgery and four weeks after.
If you’re unsure if you’re a good candidate for tumescent lipo, visit our office to learn more. Every patient is unique, and the only way to determine if tumescent liposuction is right for you is to talk with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons.
Yes, but like any other type of fat removal procedure, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your new, slimmer figure. Tumescent liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat without the harsh side effects of other fat removal procedures. If you gain weight following the treatment, new fat cells can grow. Some patients may have to come back for an additional procedure to achieve the best results.
Ask your doctor about maintaining a healthy lifestyle following your procedure.
For more information about tumescent liposuction and what it could do for your body, schedule a visit with us. During your initial consultation, you’ll learn whether or not tumescent liposuction is right for you and your lifestyle.