In our practice at PelvicPro, we pride ourselves to not only remove the unwanted fat but also sculpture the contours of the body in the best possible way. The main reason for this success is because the patients are awake during the entire procedure, obviously pain-free. Muscle tone, contours, and anatomical landmarks are far better visualized when patients are awake. This in turn translates to much better outcomes, cosmetically pleasing results, healthier and happier patients.
- 1 Tumescent Anesthesia Micro-Liposuction
- 2 Before & After
- 3 A Plan for Every Need
- 4 What is Tumescent Anesthesia
- 5 Virtually No Blood Loss
- 6 Decreased Risks Of Infection With The Tumescent Technique
- 7 FAQs
Tumescent Anesthesia Micro-Liposuction
The body fat of an adult tends to increase gradually over the years and by the age of 30 an individual adds fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. This fat distribution is often resistant to diet and exercise. An example is the fat that appears on the abdomen and hips after pregnancy.
Body Fat that can be removed by liposuction. Men often get a large belly and love handles while women often notice a lower abdominal bulge and a general increase in tummy flab. Both men and women notice more fat deposits under the neck and jowls as well as loose skin.
Before & After
A Plan for Every Need
With a gentle body sculpting technique that involves Micro-liposuction and liposuction, often called tumescent laser liposuction, you can restore your waist and smooth abdominal bulges so that the stomach is flatter. Furthermore, liposuction tightens the skin so this can significantly change the way your clothes fit and the way you look in a bathing suit. There is always less hanging skin after liposuction than before.
The fat that is removed will NEVER come back. You do not produce more fat cells as an adult so the new silhouette is permanent. When a patient who has undergone micro-liposuction and SmartLlipoTM (laser lipo) they achieve an aesthetically appealing silhouette with a minimum of 50% improvement and most patients get 70-80% improvement. The cosmetic success relies on removing inches not pounds.
By using liposuction patients have a marked acceleration in the rate of healing. Patients are now noticing that bruising is almost entirely absent one week after surgery. In Tumescent Anesthesia Liposuction the tumescent anesthesia technique allows the residual anesthetic solution to drain out very quickly, it not only eliminates bruising, but also lessens inflammation. Because of the significant decrease in swelling, and decrease in inflammation and pain after surgery, patients are able to return to normal physical activities very soon afterwards.
There is no limitation to physical activity other than what common sense would dictate. Some patients are able to return to jogging, golf, light aerobic exercise within a day or two after surgery. Some patients do find the soreness after surgery more significant than others, but on the average, most patients are quite surprised at how quickly they are able to return to normal activity. Depending on the patient’s individual needs, liposculpture can remove very small to very large amounts of fat and the delicate technique can carefully sculpt the body, consistently achieving smooth and even results.
What is Tumescent Anesthesia
This technique is now considered the safest form of micro-liposuction because it allows the removal of large amounts of fat with virtually no blood loss. The tumescent technique has also proven to be less painful, minimizes post operative recovery time, and produces optimal cosmetic results. The tumescent technique uses large volumes of a dilute solution of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in combination with epinephrine, which temporarily shrinks capillaries, the tiniest of blood vessels.
The local anesthetic used for liposuction is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous (IV) sedation, narcotic analgesics, or general anesthesia. Of the numerous patients who previously had liposuction under general anesthesia and then had tumescent anesthesia Micro-liposuction, virtually every one of these patients has found the tumescent technique to be less painful, to provide better results and to result in more rapid healing and recovery.
Virtually No Blood Loss
As a result of the widespread capillary constriction caused by the epinephrine in the anesthetic solution, there is minimal bleeding during and after surgery. Add to this the cauterizing effects of the SmartLipo laser and this becomes a major improvement in the liposuction technique compared to older methods that simply used general or regional anesthesia. A recently completed study of large volume liposuction of 112 patients, each of whom had between 1,500 and 3,400 ml (1.5 quarts to almost 1 gallon) of fat removed using the Tumescent Technique and none required a blood transfusion.
In fact, the average patient lost approximately 15 ml (three teaspoons) of blood. The Tumescent Technique is so effective at minimizing blood loss that the majority of patients with large volume liposuction lose less blood during the surgery than they do at the time of their routine pre-operative blood studies.
Decreased Risks Of Infection With The Tumescent Technique
Infections are extremely rare whether or not the technique is that of general anesthesia or local anesthesia; although there have been reports in the medical literature of patients who have had serious infections following liposuction surgery.
In our practice we have never had an infection in over a decade with thousands of procedures. We have several layers of infection control, including the tumescent anesthesia. Lidocaine, the local anesthetic that is used for the Tumescent Technique, kills bacteria. Since the Micro-liposuction treated areas receive the local anesthetic and since the anesthetic fluid kills bacteria, infection is extremely rare!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT AN APPOINTMENT?
You will arrive at our office the day of your procedure. Your surgeon will mark the areas of interest and review the procedure with you one last time. We usually use couple of oral medications (Ativan or Valium and Norco ) with sips of water to calm your nerves and to provide additional pain relief.
HOW WILL THOSE PROCEDURES START?
We will then start anesthetizing the area locally with very small caliber needles to deliver the tumescent solution. Small incisions are made in the areas of interest before we switch to longer and multipurpose yet small cannulas that would deliver the local anesthetic containing sterile fluid in an effective manner, distributing the tumescent solution evenly into the interest areas.
WHAT IS TUMESCENT SOLUTION AND WHY IS IT USED?
The tumescent solution has a very strong vasoconstrictive property. It will shrink the blood vessels inside the unwanted fat tissues. This is another reason why tumescent liposuction is the safest and the best way to remove unwanted fat. This method removes more pure fat than any other method since it decreases blood loss.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION?
1. Its safest method for liposuction
2. Patients are awake which results in better lipo-sculpting and contouring.
3. Local Anesthesia
4. Fast recovery within 2-3 days
5. Less chance of infection
6. Less bruising and pain
7. Usage of small cannulas
8. Less chance of lumps and bumps and much smoother and homogenous results with tumescent liposuction.