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The benefits of tumescent liposuction

The benefits of tumescent liposuction
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Tumescent liposuction is the gold standard in liposuction techniques, and is broadly used in cosmetic clinics globally. The only other alternative to tumescent liposuction is to have a general anaesthetic, where the tumescent fluid is not essential.

Tumescent liposuction is a procedure whereby a special fluid fills the treatment area prior to the suction element of the procedure. This fluid – tumescent fluid – is used to fill the treatment area to make it firm (tumescent).

This makes it easier for the practitioner to perform the procedure with great results. Tumescent fluid also provides the anaesthetic component to fully numb the area.

The benefits of tumescent liposuction at ENRICH

  • Safe, gold-standard procedure for liposuction
  • Faster healing
  • Less bleeding and bruising

What is tumescent liposuction fluid and what are the advantages of tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent fluid is a type of anaesthetic fluid containing a mixture of ingredients that both act to numb, firm, and prevent excess bleeding in the treatment area. Any doctor performing liposuction using tumescent fluid will have completed dermatology or surgical specialty training, and be qualified and experienced in this procedure.

Liposuction is safely performed under local anaesthetic (the tumescent fluid) and is performed in a day hospital or surgery. The procedure takes between 1-2 hours depending on the area and the patient. Patients can go home after the surgery, that day, and you can usually go back to work in 2-3 days.

Who is not able to benefit from tumescent liposuction?

  • Anyone with severe cardiovascular disease
  • Anyone with blood clotting/coagulation disorders
  • Anyone who is pregnant
  • Anyone who is unable to naturally heal well

Is it an advantage to take antibiotics or painkillers during or after tumescent liposuction?

Preoperative antibiotics may be prescribed and pain medication that doesn’t cause drowsiness. The types of medications chosen will depend on the patient and the physician performing the liposuction, with their various advantages discussed with you.

After your procedure, anti-inflammatory drugs will be offered to reduce inflammation and facilitate healing, all a benefit to outcomes of tumescent liposuction. You’ll also be required to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and bruising.

How long you need to wear these garments for will vary depending on the area treated and the individual. Some liposuction-treated areas, for example, chin liposuction, do not require compression garments to be worn consistently, only at night for a few days, which is an advantage of tumescent liposuction in smaller areas.

How much fat can I have removed?

The most fat that can be removed during a liposuction treatment is usually a maximum of 500ml (half a litre). Because fat is a light, large molecule, half a litre is actually quite a lot of fat. If you fill a jug with water and a jug with the same weight of fat, the fat will take up more room than the water. Large volume-liposuction is not usually performed and comes with an increased set of risks.

Does liposuction hurt?

Liposuction doesn’t hurt, as you are completely numb during the whole process. You may feel a little discomfort and some pressure but no pain – one of the great advantages of tumescent liposuction. You are awake for the procedure, and will be told what to expect before it happens – no surprises!

If you’re concerned about of liposuction, come and have a chat with us.  We can take you through the whole procedure and can offer other less-invasive options available for fat removal.

Will I be happy with my tumescent liposuction results?

If you have tumescent liposuction with a qualified, experienced liposuction practitioner, such as Dr Rich, you can expect excellent results. Excellent results mean the skin has a smooth appearance and is shaped correctly for your body type and weight.

Research has shown that the overall satisfaction rate of patients undergoing tumescent liposuction is very high, with many advantages such as quick recovery times, less bleeding and bruising to the treated area.

What is recovery from liposuction like?

When you’ve had liposuction on certain areas of your body, you’ll be required to wear compression garments. These are garments that fit you snugly to help the swelling go down faster and speed recovery time. You can’t see them if you wear clothes over compression garments, so nobody will notice.

The tiny cannulas used in the procedure leave only small incision marks, which heal up quickly and don’t leave a visible mark. These little scars fade quickly and aren’t noticeable.

You may experience some bruising and swelling, which is normal. Once the swelling goes down, you’ll see the results of your procedure, but this can take a few weeks to fully go down so don’t expect instant results!

Advantages of tumescent liposuction

In a 2004 review (Hanke et al) of liposuction patients in the United States, the following data were gathered:

  • A very minor complication rate (0.14 per cent)
  • Seventy-five patients reported no discomfort during the procedure
  • Ninety-one per cent were positive about their decision to have liposuction
  • Eighty-four per cent had high levels (four marks out of five) of satisfaction with their procedure overall

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