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Tumescent Liposuction - Safe And Successful

Jan 11, 2008
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the USA is liposuction or surgical fat removal. There are other names for this procedure like lipoplasty or liposculpture. A new and popular technique is called tumescent liposuction. In the past a liposuction caused much blood loss and did require blood transfusions. A tumescent liposuction on the other hand only needs local anesthesia at minimized blood loss. It is very safe.

Removing fat with a surgery was not new. I the sixties Italian surgeons developed a new technique by inserting a cannula. Over the following decades the techniques have improved but the basic idea remained the same. Cosmetic surgeons could reduce the complications and risk over time, especially with tumescent liposuction. The risk of death is almost non existent and other complications are well below 2%.

If you are looking for a better liposuction that is less painful then the tumescent technique is for you. The traditional method uses a much bigger cannula which is the main reason for more damage and much more blood loss. The tumescent procedure only requires a micro cannula.

Although the surgery is very popular and successful, you have realistic expectations. It is not a replacement for a diet because it is not a weight loss strategy. The ideal candidate has not more than 10-20 pounds overweight. However, do not make a strict diet prior to the surgery because it increases the risks of complications. You can improve your cellulite with it but it can not remove it. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for keeping postoperative results.

How exactly is it done? First, a disinfectant is applied to the skin. With a marking pen the cosmetic surgeon draws a topographic map of the targeted areas. That way he knows where to make the incisions. The surgery takes place under a local anesthetic. A tumescent anesthetic is delivered through the infusion catheter. The liposuction cannula removes the fat.

The swelling is the biggest problem after the surgery but it will go back each day. You should move and not lie around. This increases the blood flow and your wounds will heal faster. Compression garments which you will have to wear for a few days will also help. After the swelling disappears you will see the outcome of the surgery the first time. The scars will also disappear over time.

All in all, if you are a good candidate then tumescent liposuction is a great and safe way of quick and efficient fat removal. The risk for most complications lies below 2%. If you choose an experienced surgeon then you can be pretty sure that you will be very satisfied with the results. Do not forget though that it is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the surgery.
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