There are many advantages to using the tumescent liposuction technique. First, the patient does not require general anesthesia, minimizing risks and avoiding the side effects such as nausea and prolonged recovery. Second, tumescent liposuction is a much more precise and thorough procedure. With the patient being awake this provides tremendous advantages to the liposuction surgeon. The patient has muscle tone and can flex and tighten certain muscles which makes it easier to get more complete and targeted fat removal. Third, tumescent liposuction typically uses a smaller cannula, resulting in smoother end results and a safer procedure.
With the tumescent liposuction technique, large volumes of saline solution, infused with lidocaine and adrenaline are injected into the targeted fatty tissue. This allows for localized numbing of only the affected area. There may be some discomfort with injection of the solution, but generally patients don’t need general anesthesia. The tumescent solution offers unique benefits, as well as the procedure itself. In addition to numbing the target areas, the solution reduces bleeding by temporarily closing capillaries. When there is less bleeding, there is less bruising, thereby speeding the recovery process. In addition, since the local anesthesia remains in the treated tissue, numbness may last for sixteen hours or more after surgery, so there is less pain and discomfort. Patients usually require only over-the-counter pain relievers. The after-effects of the solution, combined with the gentleness of the surgery, enable most patients to return to normal daily activities in a couple of days.
Tumescent liposuction is usually less costly than other methods of liposuction. Since the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, there is no need for the surgeon to hire an anesthesiologist. In addition, the procedure is most often performed in the attending surgeon’s office or in a surgical center, which is more cost-effective than booking a hospital operating room.
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