The Tumescent Liposuction Procedure
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on November 15, 2013
Most people are looking to improve the contour of the body by eliminating excess fat. What many have learned through experience is that even the most vigilant diet and exercise routine can be ineffective on stubborn pockets of fat. For these fatty deposits, plastic surgeon Constance Barone offers her patients liposuction treatment. Liposuction has been helping patients achieve a more pleasing contour for many years and throughout this time, the procedure has continually advanced, making is a safer and more effective treatment than ever before. One of the safest techniques available to our San Antonio patients is tumescent liposuction. This technique reduces bleeding and eliminates many of the risks of traditional liposuction.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is known to be one of the safest liposuction treatments available. This procedure does not require the use of general anesthesia. Instead, the treatment is performed with the use of local anesthetic. This method is effective in keeping the patient comfortable throughout treatment while avoiding the risks and complications that are associated with general anesthesia. Aside from the anesthesia that is used, the technique that is used in tumescent liposuction also differs from that of traditional liposuction. During the procedure, Dr. Barone will inject a large amount of fluid into the treatment area. This fluid serves to numb the area and also makes the area firm so that the blood vessels are restricted, which results in far less bleeding than with traditional liposuction. A surgical cannula is then used to break up and suction out deposits of fat to leave patients with a thinner layer of fat beneath the skin, thus resulting in a trimmer and more toned appearance.
Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction
For patients who are good candidates for the tumescent liposuction technique, there are many advantages to consider. Some of the benefits of the tumescent method include:
- Quicker recovery: Because the fluid injected beneath the skin restricts the blood vessels, patients will experience less bleeding, which will also result in less swelling and a quicker recovery time. Most patients can return to a regular routine within just a couple of days.
- Less discomfort: The recovery period for tumescent liposuction is also more comfortable for patients because the anesthesia that is injected can be effective for up to 16 hours, giving patients a more comfortable recovery period.
- Minimal scarring: Tumescent liposuction requires just a few very small incisions. These incisions should heal easily and leave only small, barely noticeable scars.
- Greater effectiveness: When fluid is injected for this procedure, the skin becomes taut and imperfections are magnified. This makes it easier for Dr. Barone to see exactly which areas require treatment. The result is a more effective treatment that rarely requires a secondary procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
If diet and exercise have been unsuccessful in helping you drop those last few pounds of unwanted fat, liposuction can help. Aside from tumescent liposuction Dr. Barone offers several other techniques that can safely and effectively eliminate stubborn fat. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Barone at your earliest convenience to learn which liposuction technique is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!
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