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The Tumescent Liposuction Technique: What Patients Should Know

James E. Murphy, MD Aug 6, 2015

A woman in a striped bikini bottom at the beachThe team here at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa is one of the leaders in aesthetic enhancement in Reno. We offer some of the finest skin care and cosmetic enhancement options, including liposuction to remove unwated fat and achieve a better toned and slimmer frame.

Many patients have questions about the liposuction procedure, so we'd like to go over some of the basics when it comes to tumescent liposuction.

About Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is also known as wet liposuction. This particular form of liposuction involves the use of a special solution comprised of saline, liddocaine, and epinepherine. The lidocaine is a type of local anesthetic that helps prevent feelings of discomfort and pain during the procedure; the epinepherine helps reduce bleeding in the treatment area; the saline solution is there to ensure the solution can be placed into the patient's body without any adverse effects.

When the solution is injected into the treatment area, the fat in that part of the body firms up and becomes easier to remove during the liposuction procedure.

Where is tumescent liposuction generally performed?

Certain kinds of liposuction techniques are ideal for certain parts of the body. Tumescent liposuction is particularly helpful when it comes to treating the abdominal region given the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat typically removed. Your surgeon will determine if tumescent liposuction or another form of the surgery is ideal for your and your needs.

Ideal Candidates for Tumescent Liposuction

The best candidates for tumescent liposuction are people who would like to have some problematic pockets of fat removed from their body, and the fat has not responded to good diet and regular exercise. Patients should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make liposuction risky. It's also important that patients have realistic expectations about the nature of the procedure and the end results, committing themselves to regular exercise and a healthy diet to remain trim and slim.

The Advantages of Tumescent Liposuction

There are many advantages to undergoing tumescent liposuction. These include the following:

  • IV sedation and general anesthetic typically unnecessary thanks to injected solution
  • Reduced bleeding means less blood loss during the procedure
  • Minimized pain, swelling, and bruising during recover time
  • Less chance of nausea after the procedure since no general anesthetic is used
  • Unwanted fat can be removed easier without harming other tissues in treatment area

The Results of Tumescent Liposuction

The results of tumescent liposuction are exceptional, with patients looking trimmer and slimmer and experiencing a less problematic recovery process thanks to the refinement of the technique. In fact, tumescent liposuction is highly favored among many plastic surgeons since it is safer and more effective than other ways of performing the procedure in the past.

Is the tumescent liposuction technique right for me?

It just might be, but it's important to visit a skilled cosmetic surgeon to find out. Your needs may dictate that another form of fat reduction would be more ideal for your situation. Any questions or concerns that you may have about liposuction can be discussed in far greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Liposuction and Other Body Contouring Options

For more information about liposuction and your other options available for body contouring and sculpting, it's important that you contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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