Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat deposits from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, face and neck. Tumescent liposuction refers to a liposuction technique done under local anesthesia and mild sedation and by which a special fluid is pumped into the surgical area until the area becomes firm or swollen. A The Latin work “tumescens” means swollen and gives the procedure its name. Before wetting solutions came along, surgeons went in dry, and the result was bleeding and bruising. Tumescent liposuction is a relatively simple and safe procedure and it has many advantages over traditional liposuction.
1. What are the advantages of tumescent liposuction over traditional liposuction?
2. Am I a good candidate for tumescent liposuction?
3. What are the commonly treated areas with tumescent liposuction?
4. How long does Tumescent Liposuction take?
5. What should the patient expect after the tumescent liposuction procedure?
6. What are the typical post procedure side effects?
7. Is there anything else the patient needs to do during the recovery period?
8. How much does tumescent liposuction cost?
Tumescent liposuction requires local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia with the traditional liposuction. This makes the Tumescent liposuction procedure safer. Tumescent liposuction results are similar to or better than general anesthesia techniques. With the tumescent liposuction, the patient can return home the day of the procedure. Tumescent liposuction lowers the cost of liposuction procedures by allowing them to be done at the office without the need for a surgi-center, hospital or anesthesiologist.
The skin is made of two layers. In the second layer a protein called collagen provides strength and fullness in the skin similar to the plumpness in a baby’s skin. As we age, our collagen is depleted as we produce less and less of it. This causes the skin to sag and wrinkle with age.
The most popular areas that are treated with the tumescent liposuction are the neck, abdomen (upper, middle, and lower), love handles, inner thighs, outer thighs (saddlebags), knees, arms, flanks, waist, hips, posterior back.
The length of time that a Tumescent Liposuction procedure takes depends on the type and number of areas involved. In general, one area can take about 60-90 minutes from start to finish. Some area combinations are a little faster.
The night after the procedure, patients are encouraged to eat a meal and hydrate aggressively since the tumescent liposuction is a very dehydrating procedure. Furthermore the patient is to take the prescription pain medication at bedtime. The patient is also to move around his/her home environment for a few minutes 2-3 times.
Swelling in the area of the procedure that eventually subsides with gravity. Bruising is fairly common especially with inner thighs. Feeling of soreness and discomfort is fairly common as well. Some patients have ongoing numbness that can last for several days or a week or two. Severe pain is uncommon and our physician will prescribe pain medications to take as needed.
During recovery the patient will be instructed to wear a support garment on the treated area for several days to several weeks, depending on our physician’s preference. Our physician will go over any recovery information to help minimize any complications.
Tumescent liposuction cost varies based on the area of the body being treated as well as the number of areas being treated. The cost is higher for large areas of the body such as the abdomen, and lower for smaller areas such as the outer thighs or neck. The cost as well as financing options will be discussed with you prior to treatment at the time of your complimentary consult.
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