The Tumescent technique is a method of liposuction that differs from the rest. A tumescent technique liposuction procedure is preferred by many because it significantly lessens the incidence of swelling, bruising and pain postoperatively. Also, because there is less blood loss with the tumescent technique, there is a smaller chance that a blood transfusion will be needed.
During the process of using the tumescent technique to remove excess fat, the areas of fat are injected with the great amount of anesthetic fluid before the liposuction part of the procedure is formed. Once the areas of excess fat have been injected, they are said to be tumesced. Tumesced means that the anesthesia injected into the fat becomes swollen and hard. The areas are thereby expanded and allow the cannula of the liposuction to move more smoothly underneath the skin while it removes fat. Because the fat can be more easily removed, the patient feels less swelling, bruising and pain after the operation.
People who decide to have their excess fat removed via the tumescent technique usually choose to have the process done on their arms, face, calves neck and ankles as well as the abdominal area.
Who is a Good Candidate for Tumescent Liposuction?
If you are a good candidate for liposuction, you will also be an excellent candidate for the tumescent technique.
What are the Risks of Using the Tumescent Technique?
The risks of the tumescent technique are comparable to having traditional liposuction. However, the tumescent technique uses less anesthesia, and less blood loss occurs when the tumescent technique is used. Two risks that may occur are pulmonary edema (fluid collecting in the lungs) and lidocaine toxicity. As long as you use a well-trained doctor such as Dr. Leonard, neither of these problems should be an issue. You may need only the anesthetic contained in the tumescent technique procedure solution, or you may require both the anesthesia injected into your areas of fat plus sedation. Discuss your anesthesia options with Dr. Leonard.
What Happens during the Tumescent Technique Procedure?
During tumescent liposuction, the warmed tumescent fluid is injected in the area you’d like reduced. The tumescent fluid includes lidocaine, epinephrine, and intravenous fluid. After the fluid is injected, liposuction can occur.
After the Procedure
Because of the use of injected anesthetic solution, there is a decreased need for pain medication, because there is little to no pain. While patients may notice swelling in the treated area for a day or two after the surgery, the swelling will soon diminish and disappear. Fluid may also drain from the sites of the incisions.
You should see an improvement in the way the treated area looks very soon after the procedure is done. You will see the complete benefits of the tumescent technique as soon as three weeks after surgery. After three months, your body will be completely healed from the tumescent technique procedure. Stay slim with diet and exercise.
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The long-acting effects of the anesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication.
For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites.
Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks.
Your New Look
Patients are usually able to see a noticeable difference almost immediately after surgery. However, more improvement can be seen after three weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling will disappear and the final contour will be visible.
Patients are usually very pleased with the results of the procedure. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your slimmer figure or leaner physique.