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Tumescent Technique

Tumescent Technique is a new method used in liposuction. This has reduced post Tumescent Technique is a new method used in liposuctionoperative bruising, swelling, pain and minimal blood loss. Because of this the need for a blood transfusion is greatly reduced.

In this technique specific areas of excess fat are injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid before performing liposuction. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to swell and become firm or "tumesced". The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed. This technique is commonly used on large areas of excess fat and in areas that require enhanced precision, such as the face, neck, arms, calves and ankles.

Although the anesthesia requirements are lessened and blood loss is minimal, patients undergoing the procedure still face the same risks and cosmetic complications associated with traditional liposuction surgery.


General anesthesia is the best option for this procedure, though certain doctors suffice with the anesthetic contained in the solution along with sedation that provide sufficient comfort. The tumescent liquid is warmed and is injected into the area to be treated. As the liquid enters the fat, it becomes swollen, firm and blanched. Liposuction is then performed on these tumesced areas. Post surgical pain is reduced with the effect of the anesthetic solution. Mild swelling in the area, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites are after effects of this procedure. People recover faster compared to conventional methods. Though only light activity is adviced for a few days, one could resume normal activity within a few weeks.

Though a noticeable difference is visible immediately after surgery, significant improvement can be seen after three weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. In three months, any persistent swelling will disappear and the final contour will be visible.

There are also risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique. These rare complications include pulmonary edema (the collection of fluid in the lungs), which may occur if too much fluid is administered and lidocaine toxicity, which occurs if the solution's lidocaine content is too high.


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