The tumescent technique is a liposuction technique that can reduce bruising, swelling and pain after liposuction. Tumescent liposuction also minimizes blood loss. During surgery, the areas of targeted fat are saturated with anesthetic liquid before liposuction is performed. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm. With expanded fat compartments, your plastic surgeon can move the liposuction cannula (suction tube) smoothly beneath the skin to remove fat.
Any person who is a candidate for traditional liposuction is also a good candidate for the tumescent technique in Boston. Although the technique can be used on any area of the body, it is commonly used on areas that require enhanced precision, such as the face, neck, arms, calves and ankles. Individuals who have large areas of excess fat may also be good candidates for tumescent technique in Boston.
Although the anesthesia requirements are lessened and blood loss is minimized with tumescent liposuction, patients undergoing the procedure still face the same risks and cosmetic complications associated with traditional liposuction surgery.
There are also risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique. These rare complications include pulmonary edema (the collection of fluid in the lungs), which may occur if too much tumescent fluid is administered; and lidocaine toxicity, which occurs if the solution's lidocaine content is too high.
You can reduce your risks by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has adequate experience with the technique.
For many patients, general anesthesia is the best option. For others, the anesthetic contained in the solution combined with sedation may provide sufficient comfort during the procedure. Or, if Dr. Howrigan feels it's appropriate, the tumescent solution itself may serve as the sole means of anesthesia.
In tumescent liposuction, the warmed tumescent liquid—a dilute solution containing lidocaine, epinephrine and intravenous fluid—is injected into the area to be treated. As the liquid enters the fat, it becomes swollen, firm and blanched. Liposuction is then performed on the areas treated with tumescent fluid.
The long-acting effects of the anesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication. For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites.
Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks.
Patients are usually able to see a noticeable difference almost immediately after surgery. However, more improvement can be seen after three weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling will disappear and the final contour will be visible.
Patients are usually very pleased with the results of the procedure. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your slimmer figure or leaner physique.
To learn more about the benefits, costs and possible side effects of the tumescent technique in Boston, contact Dr. Howrigan for a personal consultation.