Tumescent Liposuction

Submitted on March 27, 2012

Most cosmetic surgeons consider tumescent liposuction surgery to be the safest and most effective form of cosmetic surgery. It is also the most commonly conducted augmentative surgical procedure in the States and is also known by many names such as selective lipectomy, lipoplasty, and suction lipectomy. Despite having excessive fat in a particular area of the body the person requiring tumescent liposuction should be physically fit and should have a balanced diet.  The person might also have a genetic susceptibility of retaining excessive weight.

Tumescent Liposuction Technique

During the early days of the tumescent liposuction technique, there used to be substantial loss of blood during the process of suctioning out the fat. Blood transfusions were a must for tumescent liposuction procedure in the past. Over the years, doctors and medical experts have perfected the art of tumescent liposuction surgery, which is now performed under local anesthesia while reducing the incidence of blood loss and the dangers of general anesthesia. On a positive note, liposuction executed with the tumescent method has always had an outstanding safety profile.


In tumescent liposuction surgeries, tiny surgical incisions are made in the localized area. Due to this, fewer intrusive micro-cannulas can be employed. Moreover, the more novel  and recent tumescent liposuction procedure and the micro-cannulas call for a more gentle and moderate yet precise and measured handling, along with a more steady and guided withdrawal of fat. The newer technique empowers the cosmetic surgeon to shape and form the region more efficiently.

Obstacles with liposuction surgery executed with a pure tumescent method have been insignificantly small. The most evidential problems with the tumescent liposuction procedure have been ascribed to the sedation under inhalation anesthesia or fluid alterations incidental to large area liposuction. There have been no reported fatalities with tumescent liposuction surgery, but deaths have been linked to other similar cosmetic surgeries for instance tummy tucks executed with abdominal liposuction. Fortunately with tumescent liposuction, recovery is quicker than other forms of cosmetic surgeries.

Once the tumescent liposuction surgery has been performed, the region of the liposuction operation is likely to remain benumbed for 36 hours without a further insertion of a topical anesthetic or analgesics.


Before you decide on a tumescent liposuction procedure for your needs, speak to a doctor about your intentions and the kind of treatment choices you might have on hand. Obtaining the advice of a certified and well experienced surgeon will enhance your likelihood of success, cut down the dangers of associated problems and help assure that you get the most befitting handling for your condition