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Tumescent Liposuction May Be and Ideal Option for You By Vishnu Rumalla on June 27, 2014

A woman's bare midriffHere at Tarrant Plastic Surgery, we believe in offering our patients the chance a new look. We have helped countless men and women from Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, and surrounding areas unlock their hidden beauty and look their very best. One surgery that can work wonders for people is liposuction. Undergoing liposuction can help you get rid of unwanted fat in various parts of the body, helping you look trimmer and slimmer. Tumescent liposuction is a form of liposuction that may prove helpful to you. Let's look at the basics of this body contouring procedure right now.

How does tumescent liposuction differ from traditional liposuction?

Liposuction per se refers to the use of a cannula to remove fat from specific parts of the body through careful suction. Very few plastic surgery centers perform liposuction in this fashion these days, but this is the basic mechanism of the body sculpting procedure.

Tumescent liposuction, by contrast, involves the use of special fluid to improve the results of the fat reduction procedure. This mix of lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (which shrinks blood vessels) is injected directly into the treatment area to assist in the removal of fat.

The Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction

The primary benefits of tumescent liposuction are as follows:

  • Tumescent liposuction reduces pain: The amount of local anesthetic in the treatment area greatly reduces the soreness and discomfort of the procedure, making it more tolerable for the patient
  • Tumescent liposuction reduces bleeding: Since the blood vessels are shrunk thanks to the tumescent fluid, there is less bleeding during surgery and fewer issues afterward as well
  • Tumescent liposuction improves healing experience: Thanks to the tumescent fluid, patients often experience faster healing times that involve significantly less bruising and swelling
  • Tumescent liposuction improves fat removal: When the tumescent fluid is injected into the treatment area, it causes the fat to swell and become firm, making it easier to identify and remove

Ideal Candidates for Tumescent Liposuction

The best candidates for tumescent liposuction are people who have excess fat located around the abdominal region. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from any sorts of medical issues that would make surgery of any kind a risky endeavor. It's important that liposuction candidates also have realistic expectations about the procedure and what it can achieve, and knowing the risks, benefits, and nature of recovery beforehand will greatly improve their post-surgical experience.

What to Expect During the Tumescent Liposuction Procedure

Since tumescent liposuction involves the use of the local anesthetic, patients will be conscious during the procedure, though they may be sedated to keep them at ease. Once the fluid has been injected into the treatment area, the cannula is carefully inserted. While the local anesthetic will reduce the pain and discomfort of the procedure, it's not uncommon for patients to feel a pinch when the cannula enters the body. Your surgeon will work carefully with the cannula to remove excess fat in the specified treatment areas, generally the lower abdomen and the love handles.

Following surgery, patients can expect some bruising and swelling around the treatment area, though this will fade with the days and weeks ahead. Followup visits will be schedule to monitor your recovery and ensure that there are no complications.

Discuss Your Options for Body Sculpting with Our Team

If you would like to learn more about tumescent liposuction and how it can help you have the tone and trim frame that you have always wanted, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and talking about body sculpting with you in greater detail.

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Dr. Vishnu Rumalla

Tarrant Plastic Surgery

Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients throughout the Greater Fort Worth area. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

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