Tumescent liposuction incorporates a diluted solution of anesthetic and other medications to fill the fatty layer of the skin before removing the excess fat. This results in the tissue becoming swollen and firm, and allowing for superior control during surgery. After the procedure the areas that were once bulgy become attractive contours.
Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, which avoids a costly hospital stay. The patient remains awake during the surgery and the dermatologic surgeon can ask him/her to change positions if desired, which ultimately leads to better sculpting of problem areas.
Tumescent liposuction has a remarkable safety profile and allows dermatologic surgeons to efficiently remove deep excess layers of fat. This procedure offers a fast recovery with little discomfort. Patients who undergo Tumescent liposuction see fewer skin irregularities, less bleeding and reduced bruising.
Which areas can be treated with liposuction?
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What is considered a successful liposuction surgery?
Abdominal and Thigh Liposuction - Post-Operative Care:
- An elastic compression garment will be placed over the surgery sight and should be left in place for the first 24 hours.
- It is advised that you rest in bed for the remainder of the day.
- Use ice packs during the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken for discomfort or pain. If pain is not controlled with Tylenol, a prescription medication may be given.
- As you may feel groggy for several hours after surgery, a friend or family member should drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day if possible.
- It is recommended that you drink water and eat as usual.
- You may experience drainage from the incision site for several days after your surgery (this is from the saline solution that was injected into your skin during surgery).
- You may also experience numbness.
- Remove the compression garment and cleanse the area daily with mild soap and water (showering is recommended).
- The compression garment should be worn 8-12 hours a day for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
- Excessive activity (most aerobic activities) should be avoided for 2 weeks, as it may promote bleeding and cause poor contouring. Short walks daily are encouraged.
- Most people are able to return to work in 2-3 days after surgery.