Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure in which the doctor surgically removes fat deposits. It can be performed on its own or in conjunction with another procedure. In the oldest form of the procedure, the surgeon moves the cannula back and forth to break up the fat cells and make it easier for the suction device to vacuum them out. However, this has its downsides. Fortunately, tumescent liposuction exists, and it could work for you!
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction differs from traditional liposuction in that the doctor injects a saline solution into the targeted area beforehand. The solution contains epinephrine and lidocaine. While the lidocaine numbs the treatment site, the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels and, thus, reduces bleeding. The solution also makes the fat cells swell, making them easier to locate and remove.
At Georgia Center for Female Health, the surgeon will use a probe that emits a laser or ultrasonic energy. Both types of energy liquefy the fat cells. The surgeon will then insert a cannula attached to a suction device and remove the fat. The ultrasonic energy and the laser allow the surgeon to carefully sculpt the patient’s body into more attractive and proportionate contours. Since fat has a lower melting point than do other tissues, the technologies also eliminate the risk to neighboring tissues.
Other advantages of the procedure include the following:
- Ability to remove large amounts of fat
- Quicker recovery
- Only one procedure is needed
Who is a Good Candidate for Tumescent Liposuction?
The ideal candidate for tumescent liposuction will be a patient in good overall health with realistic expectations. Like traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction is not a weight loss method; it is used to remove fat deposits that have resisted exercise and diet. In tumescent liposuction, the surgeon removes fat from a specific area to improve the patient’s proportions.