Liposuction is a procedure that removes the unwanted subcutaneous fat still existing after all efforts to lose weight have been made. Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. It is also referred to as liposculpture, lipoplasty, or suction-assisted lipectomy. The ideal candidate is physically fit and eats well-balanced meals, but is unable to reduce a fatty deposit that is well-localized and often seems to involve a genetic susceptibility. There are several methods of liposuction, but the tumescent method is the safest at this time.
Tumescent Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia which is composed of of saline or Lactated Ringer’s solution, lidocaine, epinephrine (to prevent bleeding) and sodium bicarbonate (optional).
Tumescent liposuction uses micro-cannulas (small cannulas) to suction fat from the subcutaneous tissue and allows for more effective and less traumatic fat removal than large cannulas.
Advantages of the tumescent approach include the following:
- Local anesthesia; less blood is lost.
- No intravenous fluid replacement necessary.
- Low risk of infections.
- The likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may be less.
- Little to no downtime. Patients can resume activities after 24 hours.
- The duration of anesthetic effect may last as little as 24 hours.
- The lidocaine dosage is customized to safely meet each patient’s individual needs.
- Tumescent liposuction can reshape most part of the body by removing unwanted fat deposits.
- The risks of general anesthesia are eliminated with tumescent liposuction (e.g., risks associated with endotracheal intubation, significant blood loss, hypoxemia and side effects from general anesthesia).
- The targeted fat compartments can be anesthetized individually with tumescent liposuction providing optimal post-operative pain control.
*Results and recovery time may vary per patient.