What is Tumescent Liposuction?
A form of the "wet technique," tumescent liposuction is one of the most popular forms of liposuction used today because it's effective and safe. It's the only type of liposuction we use here at TCC.
If you decide to change your body and boost your self-esteem by undergoing liposuction, take some time to educate yourself about the method your surgeon will be using.
How Tumescent Liposuction Works
Most of the liposuction performed today uses the "wet technique." A "dry technique" also exists, but is an older method that is harder on the body, and leaves the patient vulnerable to more liposuction risks and complications. It's for these reasons that we only perform the wet technique of tumescent liposuction at TCC.
The wet technique of tumescent liposuction entails adding sterile fluid to the treatment area before liposuction begins. This fluid contains anesthetic to reduce pain during the procedure. Because of this added anesthetic, and because the wet technique makes tumescent liposuction easier on the body, general anesthesia is usually not necessary, depending on the treatment area. Adding this fluid also results in less blood loss, and does not require a blood transfusion.
Then, as liposuction is performed, targeted body fat is suctioned out of the subcutaneous tissue, along with a portion of the added solution. Some of the fluid will remain in the body for several hours after the procedure and will slowly drain out during recovery.
Tumescent Liposuction Benefits
Most cosmetic surgeons who perform tumescent liposuction choose to do so because of the many benefits it offers, including but not limited to:
- Tumescent liposuction does not require hospitalization or blood transfusion. You may even be able to go home the same day.
- Some tumescent solutions contain epinephrine, which provides excellent hemostasis (inhibition of bleeding) due to its vasoconstrictive (narrowing of blood vessels) properties.
- Tumescent liposuction usually doesn't require general anesthesia, which presents risks to the patient such as fluid overload with the possibility of pulmonary edema, the development of a fluid sac in the lung which could lead to respiratory failure.
- The amount of blood removed along with fat is as little as 1% or less.
- The slow absorption of the tumescent solution into the subcutaneous tissue allows for gradual intravascular volume replacement. This maintains equilibrium within the body throughout the procedure, minimizing the risk of complications.
- The anesthesia is slowly drained from the body, which means you are still anesthetized after the procedure, thereby minimizing pain. This reduces the need for too many additional medications, and reduces risk of complications. This can also reduce cost.