Tumescent liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove localized areas of body fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is then suctioned out using a vacuum. Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured, and in better overall proportion to the rest of the body. However, liposuction is not a method for losing weight, and is not effective in eliminating cellulite, or tightening loose and sagging skin. The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise.
Areas that are often treated with liposuction include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips and buttocks. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as arm lift, thigh lift or mini tummy tuck. Learn more by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler now.
This procedure is typically performed in an accredited out-patient surgery center. This allows patients to recover in the comfort of their own home after the procedure. During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue to swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
After liposuction, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments are typically worn to help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can return to work and their daily activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Results of the liposuction procedure may not be apparent until the swelling and bruising subside, which usually takes a week; swelling should completely subside within a few months. The results of liposuction are long-lasting unless a substantial amount of weight is gained.