Tumescent liposuction was developed by dermatologic surgeons in the mid 1980’s and has become the more popular method of liposuction. I t is considered a major advancement that has completely changed surgical fat removal. It is considered the “good” kind of tummy tuck surgery in time.
Tumescent liposuction is done using a local anesthetic. A la rge volume of saline solution containing the anesthetic and a drug called “epinephrine” is injected directly into the areas where there are excessive fatty deposits. Epine phrine is important in the surgical process because it shrinks capillaries and minimizes blood loss. Minor sedation may be required for those who feel a little nervous about the surgery; however , the majority of patients are typically aware during the process.
Tumescent liposuction consists of making a small incision in the skin in order to insert the tube that is connected to a vacuum type machine which will suck up the fat. The tumes cent method uses smaller cannulae than that of any other type of liposuction which results in less bruising and/or bleeding and alters the liposuction cost. An elastic compression garment is worn after surgery to help the skin contract and heal. This elasti c sculpts the bulging areas and helps to achieve more attractive contours.
Ben efits of Tumescent Liposuction
Compared to other surgical methods, tumescent liposuction provides the following advantages: