Tumescent liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is an alternative and new method of liposuction , allowing the surgery to be of reduced risk. When a tumescent liposuction technique is applied, only a very small amount of blood is lost, compared to the regular liposuction technique. This results in smaller risk for the need of a blood transfusion during surgery. It is a relatively new technique and not all specialists may perform it. Tumescent liposuction technique is proved to cause less pain, bruising and swelling after surgery, hence shortening the postoperative recovery period.

The surgery

There are three options of anesthesia methods. The doctor usually apply general anesthesia to most of the patients. Another option is to provide a combination of anesthetics in the tumescent liquid and sedatives. Sometimes the surgeon may decide that the anesthetics in the liquid are enough for proper anesthesia during the surgery.

During this type of plastic surgery , a warm liquid is injected into the areas where excess fat is present. This tumescent fluid contains of a solution of anesthetics, such as epinephrine, lidocaine, and intravenous liquid. The role of a tumescent liquid is to make the areas of excess fat swollen, solid and bloodless. Afterwards liposuction is performed on tumesced regions and fat is sucked out of the body.

After surgery

Recovery period usually lasts three weeks. Most patients feel some bruising and swelling in the treated areas. These symptoms should decrease with time and then the results should be visible the most. Although you should bear in mind that surgery results are noticeable straight after the procedure.

Postoperative pain is well controlled by anesthetics used in tumescent surgery and pain killers. Patients may resume light exercise and physical activity within the first two days after the procedure. They may get back to their normal physical routine within the first few weeks. Patients may return to work within two days after surgery.

If a patient remains active and leads a reasonable diet, surgery results are there to stay for a very long period.

Tumescent liposuction risks

Although tumescent liposuction is a safe procedure, just like any surgery it may have certain risk and possible complications that you should be aware of. These risks are the same as for patients undergoing regular liposuction . However, the risk or chance for the need of a blood transfusion is smaller for patients undertaking tumescent liposuction.

If greater regions in size are treated or bigger amounts of fatty fluid are sucked out, then the risk for complications increases. Possible complications include infection, bleeding, delayed healing period, larger and noticeable scars, adjacent organ injury, and possible adverse reactions to the drugs used. Most of these risks may be diminished if a more specialized and qualified surgeon performs this surgical procedure, however, even then complications may occur.

A certain complication, associated with tumescent liposuction technique only, occurs due to lidocaine toxicity. Lidocaine, found in the tumescent fluid, may cause pulmonary edema (accumulation of liquid in the lungs). This condition usually happens when too much tumescent liquid is injected or concentration of lidocaine is too high.

Tumescent liposuction cost

Tumescent liposuction costs from $1500 to $1800 per region, including both sides. The price of each additional region ranges from $500 to $900 per site. This is only the surgeon’s fee, therefore, additional price includes in patient stay, price for anesthesia and operating room. Hence, total cost of tumescent liposuction ranges from $2000 to $3000, depending upon the region, state and private clinic.

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Liposuction results

Liposuction is believed to give permanent results. It is applied on areas where unwanted fat is accumulated but is not easily lost. Women usually choose liposuction under their chin or in their breast area, thighs, under arms, stomach or buttocks.

 

The most common sites for men include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction can also be used to treat enlarged male breast. Most patients who have realistic expectations are pleased with their surgery results. However, you should keep in mind that a healthy diet and regular exercise is needed after surgery to help to maintain your new shape. As results are sensitive to diet and exercise, your doctor can help you choose a special exercise program to maintain results gained by surgery. Quite soon after liposuction you can see the results and feel better about your looks. You may find that you are more satisfied with your body and you can start wearing clothes you used to avoid wearing. You will not have to worry about your under-chin and hide it with a scarf. Women will be at ease wearing short skirts or bathing suits. Men will be satisfied after losing their enlarged breasts.

Alex ate a healthy diet and exercised regularly but he was never satisfied with his body, as his enlarged breasts bothered him a lot. Not any more, as he chose liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat. He still exercises a lot and eats a healthy diet that help him maintain a good shape gained by liposuction. He also feels at ease with his body and is more self-confident. If some parts of your body bother you because of unwanted fat, fat which is resistent to exercising, liposuction might be a perfect option for you. Before planning to have a liposuction procedure, you should get acquainted with the procedure itself and its pros and cons. You should not forget that complications, though very rare, still occur occasionally. Once you are determined to have liposuction performed, ask your doctor‘s advice and discuss all the possible health risks and complications.

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Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for the procedure are considered to be normal-weight patients with compact, elastic skin who have an accumulation of fat in certain areas that are resistant to exercise and dieting. They should be in a healthy state both physically and mentally.

The best candidates

The best candidates should be psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. If these expectations are realistic, one should be happy with the results achieved by surgery. The patient‘s age should also be taken in consideration — as skin elasticity decreases with age — so an older patient may not experience the same liposuction results as a younger patient with tighter skin. Hence, older patients should have smaller expectations considering the state of their skin. One should also know that liposuction is not a substitute for overall weight loss. It should not be considered as an effective treatment for cellulite . But the procedure may be used for male breast reduction. With all this in mind, patients can adjust their expectations regarding effectiveness of liposuction . Individuals who have additional diseases or disorders—such as diabetes, heavy heart, lung disease, or poor blood circulation—and those who have recently undergone surgery near the area to be contoured are considered to have greater health risks due toliposuction. Therefore, patients must understand and discuss with a surgeon all the potential risks.

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