A Brief Look at Liposuction History
Liposuction is a relatively new technique, but it has made significant improvements since it became a thing – in cosmetic surgery. One new and popularly used development is the Tumescent Technique, which replaces the use of general anesthesia. It was pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, M.D. Tumescent techniques use local anesthesia instead, and it’s studied and proven to be one of the safest ways to perform the St. Louis Tumescent liposuction technique and procedure.
To put the safety levels of tumescent techniques into perspective, consider the following facts:
- There’s relatively no blood loss
- The recovery times are expedited
- The technique is extra-gentle
- The patients stay awake
- There’s less pain than general anesthesia
A step back in history: Dr. Klein presented the tumescent technique in 1986. It was during the 2nd World Congress of Liposuction Surgery, and a year later, it was printed in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Wright pays much respect to the mastermind behind the method, and he’s also trained directly with Dr. Klein, in 2007 and 2013.
How St. Louis Tumescent Liposuction Works
Tumescent means “swollen” and this is what happens to the selected region when local anesthesia is administered. A generous and safe solution of lidocaine is injected with epinephrine. It sets off a reaction, where capillaries are shrunk, and the area becomes firm and puffed-up.
The epinephrine causes the capillaries to tighten so there’s less chances of excessive blood loss. This fact alone, revolutionizes the entire practice of liposuction – and its safety levels. All lipo procedures performed here are done with the tumescent technique, because ultimately, it’s proven to be a much safer method than the use of general anesthesia.
Also, because patients stay awake, it offers a more precise outcome, since they can shift or move – as directed by the surgeon.
A Gentler Technique
Gentle maneuvers of small cannulas measuring the tip of a ballpoint pen, mean a much speedier recovery. The procedure isn’t rushed, and this ensures faster healing times. For other types of liposuction, click here.