Tumescent liposuction is a type of liposuction that uses a large amount of fluid injected into fatty tissue layers to improve the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. It is the most common form of liposuction performed today.
The best candidates are individuals with good skin tone and elasticity, as people whose skin lacks elasticity may end up with loose-looking skin after the procedure. Patients should be in good health, with good circulation. Individuals with such problems as diabetes, weakened immune system or coronary artery disease should avoid this procedure.
Your doctor at U.S. Dermatology Partners can assess whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.
A medicated fluid is injected into fat tissue, causing blood vessels to shrink and providing pain medication, which reduces the amount of anesthesia required. In addition to using a high-powered vacuum to remove fat, some doctors may also use a laser to help break up the fat.
Liposuction comes with several potential risks, which include infection, numbness and/or scarring. Also, if too much fat is removed, you may be left with lumpiness or dents in the skin. The more fat removed, the greater the potential risks are.
Changes from liposuction can be long-lasting and even permanent — as long as you do not gain additional weight, which will cause remaining fat cells to grow in size and volume.
*Results may vary by individual