Tumescent Liposuction

What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is the basic procedure underlying all of today’s most technologically sophisticated contouring treatments. Using a special saline injection that causes fat cells to swell while numbing the target area to be treated, surgeons have been able to refine liposuction surgery using this basic technology to make it quicker, safer, and more precise.

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Tumescent Liposuction Procedure

A tumescent liposuction procedure begins when the patient arrives for surgery. Patients will put on a surgical gown and then the surgeon will use a special surgical marker to demarcate the target area(s) to be treated. Patients are then given a sedative and tumescent fluids are injected into the target area(s) of the body.

Once the injected fatty tissues have swelled and become numb, the surgeon creates tiny incisions through which a cannula can be inserted into the body. Various technologies can be used at this stage to melt or break up fatty deposits depending on your doctor’s recommendations. The cannula suctions the fat cells out of the body. Patients are typically able to go home on the same day as their procedure.

Results and Recovery

The recovery period following tumescent liposuction varies depending on the size of the area that was treated, how much fat was removed from the body, and other factors. Patients should arrange to have someone drive them home after tumescent liposuction and someone should also be available to stay with them for 24 hours following the procedure.

Results* from a tumescent liposuction procedure may be readily apparent or they may take several weeks or even months to emerge. Patients should expect to see swelling and some bruising following the initial procedure, but results* will slowly emerge as the healing process takes shape. Most patients see results* within 3 to 6 months following the procedure.

* Published pictures, videos and text of this procedure do not guarantee or predict the results that any particular individual will receive. Your individual plastic surgery results and experience will vary – please, read the disclaimer.