Tumescent Liposuction

Written by Norene Anderson
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Tumescent liposuction is a particular method of performing liposuction. It is the process of using a diluted anesthetic, lidocaine, in conjunction with epinephrine. The lidocaine provides a localized anesthesia to the tissue that is in the targeted area. The epinephrine shrinks the capillaries, which lessens the blood loss during the procedure. These are combined with a normal saline solution that is used to inflate the fat cells to make it easier to remove the cells without damaging the muscles.

The process of liposuction is the insertion of a cannula immediately underneath the skin layer and above the muscle tissue to suction out the fat that is accumulated. By using the process of anesthetizing the tissue, it eliminates the need for general anesthesia. That makes a much easier recovery time. The fat is actually suctioned out in tunnels through the fat. This leaves the skin connected to the underlying muscles. That makes it possible for the muscles to tighten against the skin once the swelling is all gone.

Many Advantages of Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is also good for reducing the pain following surgery. The anesthetic remains in the tissue for several hours making the immediate post-op pain much more bearable. The amount that is injected is directly related to the amount of fat cells that are going to be removed. The procedure can actually take several hours.

The great thing about tumescent liposuction is the fact that once the fat cells are removed, they will not come back. It is possible to gain weight, however, since the remaining fat cells in the body can enlarge. When liposuction is followed up with a lifestyle change to good nutrition and exercise, it is an unbeatable combination for looking good and feeling great.


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