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what is tumescent liposuction for?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Tumescent=swollen: Tumescent literally means swollen or engorged. It describes a method of preparing for liposuction and by itself does not remove any fat. It's intended purpose is to add large volumes of fluid ( physicians use different formulas) to achieve some degree of anesthesia as well as to facilitate the extraction of fat by limiting blood loss or improving the conduction of energy such as ultrasound.
Dr. Mark Johnson
Aesthetic Medicine 26 years experience
Nice Summary. Developed by Dr. Klein, a dermatologist. Also, the inventor of liposuction was a gynecologist. A great liposuction physician is not made by being a plastic surgeon, but rather by careful, artistic reshaping of the body
Nov 11, 2013
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Standard liposuction: Tumescent liposuction is the gold standard for liposuction and is used with any other type of liposuction. Tumescent means that the doctor infiltrates the tissues with a local anesthetic and fluid prior to performing the liposuction.
Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Safety: Tumescent liposuction is nothing more than a technique to remove fat safely with a minimum of blood loss. It allows larger volumes of fat to removed quickly and safely. Please make sure you have an experienced plastic surgeon. Price is meaningless, safety and results are paramount. Be well.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Provide vehicle : Tumescent means 'to fill'. Placement of fluid into the fat tissues creates a suspension fluid to "float" the fat out with less trauma. Even low vacuum pressures can remove the fat-fluid mix. This permits use of closed syringes to extact the fat with less bleeding, less bruising, less discomfort and short compression needs. It is a fundamental princiiple in lps surgery.
Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Tumescent: Tumescent liposuction refers to the infiltration of fluid into the area prior to performing liposuction. All liposuction is performed with the tumescent technique. http://www.dassmd.com/liposuction/tumescent-liposuction-los-angeles.html.
Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
None: Virtually all liposuction involves infusion of fluid with local anesthetic and Epinephrine to the tissue prior to liposuction. This helps allow more smooth fat removal with less pain and less bruising. The extent of extra fluid volume infused relative to the amount of fat and fluid removed is what can differ.
Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Technique: Tumescent liposuction uses fluid to help in extracting fat and minimizing blood loss. Standard non-tumescent liposuction is reserved these days for very small areas. If you need large volume liposuction, tumescent technique is the safest way to go. Please make sure your plastic surgeon is experienced and well-trained. Don't be drawn in to bargain basement prices by inexperienced surgeons.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Technologies: These are differing technologies of doing the actual work. The results are usually similar as long as you don't stray too far from the basic method or go to a novice surgeon.
Dr. BHARAT Shah
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Safety first: Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a sterile solution into the tissues before extracting fat. This fluid is a local anesthetic that also reduces bleeding in the tissue. Today, almost all moder lipo techniques use tumescent anesthesia for safety.
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
Cosmetic Surgery 15 years experience
It's the anesthesia: Tumescence is a form of anesthesia that is used for most cases of liposuction. In this technique a large volume of fluid with lidocaine and epinephrine is injected under the skin to numb the area prior to suctioning. It allows awake lipo to be done, but also is often combined with general anesthesia. see: http://www.omahacosmeticsurgery.com/contouring-procedures-category/contouring-procedures/

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Describe tumescent liposuction?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Okay: Tumescent literally means swollen or engorged. It describes a method of preparing for liposuction and by itself does not remove any fat. It's intended purpose is to add large volumes of fluid ( physicians use different formulas) to achieve some degree of anesthesia as well as to facilitate the extraction of fat by limiting blood loss or improving the conduction of energy such as ultrasound.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How safe is tumescent liposuction procedure?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Very safe: The advent of tumescent (meaning swollen or engorged) markedly increased the safety of traditional liposuction by diminshing the blood loss and increasing the amount of local anesthetic that could be delivered at one operative session. Although any surgical procedure carries risk, tumescent technique has improved the results when performed by an experienced surgeon.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is recovery time for tumescent liposuction?

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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Varies: Recovery varies deepening on the area you have suctioned and the amount that is suctioned. In general you may feel tired and sore for a few days to a couple of weeks. You will likely have to wear a compression garment for 2-6 weeks.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How safe is tumescent liposuction to do?

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Dr. Suman Das
Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
It is very safe.: It is very safe.But, you will have to remember it is an invasive procedure and some time done under genaral anesthesia.So, doctor will give you all the caution and warning of complications of a surgical procedure.
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What is tumescent liposuction? Is it safe?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Tumescent=swollen: Tumescent literally means swollen or engorged. It describes a method of preparing for liposuction and by itself does not remove any fat. It's intended purpose is to add large volumes of fluid ( physicians use different formulas) to achieve some degree of anesthesia as well as to facilitate the extraction of fat by limiting blood loss or improving the conduction of energy such as ultrasound.

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