Liposuction has been around for over a century in various forms and is still today one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Over the years, surgeon skill and medical technology have strived to improve patient results while reducing the recovery time with cosmetic procedures. Liposuction, like other cosmetic surgeries, is ever-evolving lending to a more streamlined procedure so patients can enjoy a quicker recovery. One of the more common methods with liposuction and widely used by doctors today is tumescent liposuction. This technique is offering new benefits for patients choosing to undergo surgical fat removal with liposuction.
Dr. Melanie Carreon with LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, Texas has helped numerous patients in Southeast areas of New Braunfels, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. Her patients have achieved body contouring and slimming results with liposuction. While most people have heard about traditional liposuction, many are still learning about tumescent liposuction. Here are 10 facts you should know about tumescent liposuction, so you can make an informed decision when considering your liposuction procedure.
Are you considering having liposuction by Seguin, TX liposuction surgeon Dr. Melanie Carreon? If so, here are 10 great facts you should know about a tumescent liposuction:
No general anesthesia
The tumescent liposuction technique doesn’t require general anesthesia. Generally a safe method for any type of surgery, there is a small risk with general anesthesia and patients usually have post-op side effects like nausea that extends the recovery process. Tumescent liposuction is a gentler technique that only requires a local numbing agent or anesthesia solution that is injected directly into the fatty tissue that is being extracted therefore allowing patients to stay awake!
Minimal pain and discomfort
Since the tumescent liposuction method directly infuses a local anesthesia into the fatty tissue being removed it essentially numbs the target area. This typically last up to 24 hours and once it wears off patients can manage the mild discomfort with over the counter pain medications. This liposuction technique reduces the pain and discomfort factor even after surgery.
Lower risk of surgical infection
The local anesthesia drugs that are injected into the target area, during tumescent liposuction, also help reduce the risk of infections that can occur with any surgical procedure. The numbing agent or solution used has antibacterial properties, so the target area is embedded with antibiotics during the procedure, which helps reduce the risk of any post-op infections.
Reduced swelling & bleeding post-op
One of the main reasons tumescent liposuction is being more widely used by well-trained and experienced doctors is the fact it leads to significantly less swelling and bleeding post-op for patients. The anesthetic technique with injecting directly into the target area helps restrict blood flow, which aids in limiting the inflammatory process. Our Seguin, TX patients report that they experience less bleeding and swelling with this method of liposuction, which helps with a quicker recovery.
Combining the factors that tumescent liposuction is less invasive, doesn’t require general anesthesia and has less bleeding and inflammation post-op symptoms it allows patients a quicker recovery. Patients can get the same amazing results with this liposuction technique but with reducing the recovery time makes it a key component for why more doctors and patients are turning to this new method.
Fewer post recovery complications
The tumescent liposuction method is less invasive than traditional liposuction. It is also more precise which results in less tissue damage, so patients experience less post recovery issues. This combined with less bleeding and swelling is why more patients are asking about this liposuction method and if it may be the right choice for them.
Much like traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction can be safely done on several body parts. Patients can have fatty tissue removed on their stomach, hips, back, flanks, thighs, buttocks, knees, calves, ankles, neck and chin. The newer body contouring technique can reduce fat in certain areas so patients can enjoy a more defined, slimmer appearance.
Less time with compression garments
With any type of body contouring technique such as liposuction or a tummy tuck it is typically recommended for patients to wear compression garments post-op. Wearing a compression garment is standard care to reduce swelling and allow the body to better heal. Since tumescent liposuction is less invasive and less swelling occurs then in most cases patients wear their compression garments for the same duration as with traditional liposuction.
Follow pre-op and post-op instructions
As with any liposuction procedure, following your doctor’s instructions for how to prep for your procedure and what to do for your recovery are important. It is always advised to not smoke at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as well as after surgery as it can inhibit the recovery process. Wear loose-fitting clothing to your procedure and make sure you have someone who can help you for at least the first 24 hours.
Overall improved liposuction technique
Tumescent liposuction is a safer, more effective and can be less painful way to have fatty tissue surgically removed. When you need some extra help with certain areas after all efforts of diet and exercise have been exhausted then this advanced liposuction technique can be the solution to have a slimmer, more contoured body. It also allows for this outpatient procedure to be done with a local anesthesia resulting in a quicker recovery time for patients.
If you are still considering tumescent liposuction then call Dr. Melanie Carreon at LCS Medical Spa today. Located in Seguin, Texas but proudly serves patients in the Southeast areas of Austin, New Braunfels, San Antonio and San Marcos, Dr. Carreon is board-certified doctor and founder of LCS Medical Spa. She has been performing liposuction procedures for over 13 years and given countless patients a whole new outlook on how they look! If you have questions about tumescent liposuction, or liposuction in general, call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Carreon today!