Tumescent Liposculpture Overview
- What is Tumescent Liposuction?
- What are the Benefits?
- After Tumescent Liposuction Surgery
- Tumescent Liposuction Surgery & Comfort
- Tumescent Liposuction Surgery Considerations
- San Antonio Liposuction Before and After Pictures
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction refers to a technique that uses large volumes of a special diluted local anesthetic that is injected into the fat prior to the surgery, which causes the targeted areas to swell and become firm for the surgeon to access the areas with more ease and while the patient is awake. Local anesthesia is widely regarded as the safest form of anesthesia. Because local anesthesia is long-lasting and persists for many hours, there is a highly reduced need for narcotics or pain medications post-surgery. Most importantly it eliminates general anesthesia including all of the additional risks, cost, and additional recovery needed after general anesthesia.
Tumescent liposuction involves infusing the area to be treated with large volumes of a natural solution, containing specific amounts of a very dilute local anesthetic, and epinephrine, which is dispersed into the adipose tissue. The injected area then becomes locally anesthetized—"numbed."Return to top of page
What are the Benefits?
Tumescent Liposuction has the lowest rate of complications documented in the medical literature and the greatest patient satisfaction. This type of liposuction is the safest and most precise technique in the field of liposuction, because of the combination utilizing the fine instruments and localized tumescent anesthetic. The operable area is infiltrated with the tumescent solution and tiny annuals are used to remove unwanted adipose tissue. While the surgery is being performed, the patient remains awake and coherent enough to respond to prompts from the surgeon.
Some other benefits of tumescent liposuction include minimal bleeding during and after surgery, which equal less bruising and swelling. This is a major improvement in the liposuction technique compared to the older methods that simply use general anesthesia. Tumescent Liposuction has proven to be one of the safest ways to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body, producing optimum, permanent results for a growing number of patients.Return to top of page
After Tumescent Liposuction Surgery
After the Tumescent Liposuction surgery, the patient will need to wear a compression garment continuously for two to three weeks. The compression garments can be removed during bathing 24 hours after the Tumescent Liposuction surgery.
Mild side effects after surgery can include a burning, prickling sensation on the treated areas after the Tumescent Liposuction surgery and for up to one month. The patient should expect swelling of the tissues below the area treated for up to six to eight weeks after Tumescent Liposuction surgery. Wearing the special elastic compression garments at all times will help reduce this swelling and help achieve the desired final results.
The incisions involved in a Tumescent Liposuction surgery are tiny (they can be compared to a big mosquito bite), but in rare some, the Tumescent Liposuction surgeon will close them with stitches. These will be removed typically a few days after Tumescent Liposuction surgery.
After the Tumescent Liposuction surgery minor bleeding or seepage through the incision site(s) is common. Wearing the compression garment also helps reduce fluid loss after surgery. Blood clot formation after Tumescent Liposuction surgery is exceedingly rare. The risk of blood clot formation is reduced by wearing the compression garment after the surgery, and with the resumption of normal mild activity soon after a Tumescent Liposuction surgery.Return to top of page
Tumescent Liposuction Surgery & Comfort
Tumescent Liposuction surgery is virtually painless and requires no downtime. However, for the first postoperative day, there may be some discomfort that will require light pain medication. Your surgeon will prescribe you oral pain management medications to take after surgery.
A Tumescent Liposuction surgery does not require any hospital time. The patient may stand up after the surgery and walk. It is required that after the surgery the patient has arranged for transportation back home. It is also recommended that someone stays with you the first night. Soreness or aching may persist for several days. A person can usually return to normal activity within a week.
Postoperative bruising after a Tumescent Liposuction surgery will go away within 10 to 14 days. Your Tumescent Liposuction surgeon may prescribe you with additional medication to help heal the bruising and swelling faster. Postoperative swelling begins to go down after a week. It may take three to six months for the final results to be reached.
Some patients lose sensation in the area that has been suctioned after surgery, but most feeling usually returns with time.Return to top of page
Tumescent Liposuction Surgery Considerations
Tumescent Liposuction surgery under local anesthesia considered to be exceptionally safe. However, like with any surgery, Tumescent Liposuction surgery risks include:
- Blood clots
- Excess fluid and blood accumulation
- Perforation (rare)
- Damage superficial nerves
Choosing the right Tumescent Liposuction surgeon increases your chances of success. Browse our surgeon directory to find a Tumescent Liposuction doctor near you!
Good Questions to ask your Tumescent Liposuction Surgeon at your Consultation:
- Am I a good candidate for tumescent liposuction surgery? What results can I expect from tumescent liposuction surgery?
- What are the risks associated with tumescent liposuction surgery?
- How long will it take me to recover after tumescent liposuction surgery? To drive or go back to work? To exercise?
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