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is tumescent liposuction less invasive than traditional liposuction? is tumescent liposuction less invasive and easier on the body than traditional liposuction? if so, how do they differ?

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Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
As : As my colleague mentions some form of "tumescent solution" is always used in modern liposuction. All forms of liposuction are invasive. The only type of "minimally invasive liposuction", to quote a good friend, and someone who has done thousands of liposuction cases, is that which is being done on someone else! people will sell you anything haut to get you to sign up with them. They will explain the benefits of "smart" lipo, and "water jet lipo", "tickle lipo", and all types of rubbishy marketing oriented gimmicks. The machinery and the type of lipo are as important as the hands of the operator using them.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
In : In almost all forms of traditional liposuction, tumescent technique is utilized. It literally means to swell up the tissues with fluid containing dilute amounts of Lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine) andrenaline. It helps to minimize postoperative pain and limits bleeding.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
No: The tumescent technique is basically the way most liposuction is done today.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Tumescence means injecting a particular fluid to a certain quantity prior to removing the fat. Traditionally, less fluid was injected and there was more blood loss within the removed fat. Nowadays, most liposuction techniques ( regular, ultrasonic, power assisted etc) almost always use tumescence to minimize blood loss.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not less invasive: You still need to have the same incisions, and the same cannulas placed to suction out the fat - so the invasiveness is really the same either way. The difference is that in the tumescent or "super wet" methods, that IV fluid with a little extra Lidocaine and Epinephrine in it is first injected into the fat to balloon it up, before the fat is suctioned.

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