Individuals with a weight-loss goal will often put into action a strict diet and exercise regime. Sometimes they will even strictly focus on certain areas of the body. In most cases, diet and exercise are highly effective at reducing overall weight. However, many individuals experience accumulations of fat deposits that are resistant to such efforts. Usually, this type of resistance links to a genetic predisposition. This genetic predisposition makes it difficult for an individual to rid themselves of these accumulations over time. When this is the case, liposuction may be the best solution.
Even though it’s not a weight-loss strategy, liposuction is a highly-effective approach to contouring the body to the desired shape. Furthermore, there have been incredible advancements in the field of cosmetic alteration. They have provided patients with an entire portfolio of liposuction options that go beyond the traditional method. One of the more popular approaches to removing fat deposits without requiring an extensive recovery period is tumescent liposuction.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein first introduced the tumescent technique liposuction in 1986 at the 2nd World Congress of Liposuction Surgery. Only after a year, physicians across the country started to recognize the many benefits of this innovative technique. Shortly after, the publishers highlighted it in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. The tumescent technique soon proved itself to be one of the safest ways for doctors to perform this procedure. Furthermore, patients began to request this approach that no longer required the use of general anesthesia.
Understanding Tumescent Liposuction
The word tumescent refers to a “swollen” state. This makes it a perfect description of how this technique targets stubborn fat deposits. Tumescent technique liposuction begins with the doctor injecting a solution that combines both lidocaine and epinephrine into the treatment area. The solution causes fat deposits to both swell and become firm. This creates a treatment area that is easier to work with. As the solution takes effect, blood vessels in the area also shrink. Furthermore, this reduces the chances of excessive bleeding during the procedure.
Performing Tumescent Liposuction
Tumescent liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure and can be done comfortably in the attending physician’s office. Prior to the procedure, treatment areas are clearly marked making initial injections efficient. When it’s time to begin, the physician will first inject the solution of lidocaine and epinephrine into the treatment area. Next, a small cannula is inserted under the skin and suctioned is utilized to remove the firm fat cells from the body. Manual techniques are used on the part of the physician to contour the treatment area into a desired shape. Because the fat cells are already swollen, it is much easier for a physician to suction them away, required less effort on the contouring side of the procedure and ensuring a more gentle, overall experience for the patient.
There are various great benefits for patients who choose to undergo a tumescent liposuction procedure. One of them is the shortened recovery period. Patients can walk out of the office unassisted right after the procedure. Furthermore, they are encouraged to move throughout that day to promote healthy circulation in the limbs. Patients can resume normal exercise within a week of treatment. However, daily activities cannot be too strenuous. Physicians will encourage patients to return to work within a day or two. Patients can expect some redness, irritation and minimal swelling at the points of injection. Although they can treat it with over-the-counter pain medications and the symptoms will reduce within a few days. The local anesthetic that companies manufactured into the solution stays in the patient’s system for up to 24-hours after the procedure. This helps the patient experience an even more comfortable recovery process.
As with all liposuction, most patients see the full scope of results within 3-months of receiving treatment. However, many patients can achieve successful results in a single treatment. But it’s not uncommon for a patient to have multiple sessions schedule in order to maintain long-lasting results.
The cost of a tumescent liposuction procedure varies significantly. The cost depends on the size and severity of the area that the doctor treats. Furthermore, the cost depends on the number of treatments necessary to obtain successful results. Liposuction often falls into the cosmetic category for insurance providers. However, it’s important for patients to check on their coverage options before they receive treatment. Patients with underlying health issues such as Lipedema may benefit long-term from liposuction. On top of that, certain portions of their insurance plan might cover them.
Schedule a Consultation
The first step towards determining if tumescent liposuction is a viable option is for prospective patients to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center. Our caring and dedicated staff take a comprehensive approach to patient care, meaning every treatment plan is customized according to a patient’s medical profile and procedural preferences. Dr. Wright was trained in the tumescent anesthesia technique by Dr Klein. Years of experience in the field have given Dr. Wright a clear understanding of what it takes to ensure every patient has a safe, comfortable and successful cosmetic experience.