Target Your Problem Areas
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States. Liposculpture (body sculpture by liposuction) can be a dream come true for some patients who have localized accumulations of fat that seem impossible to eliminate by diet and exercise. This fat can now be effectively removed by liposuction safely and easily. Here at our office, there are liposuction experts to help you get rid of the problem areas in various parts of your body.
The Tumescent Technique
Tumescent liposuction is a procedure that has been developed and refined by dermatologists. In the past, the liposuction surgery required blood transfusions because blood loss was significant. However, since the advent of the “tumescent technique“ by Dr. Jeffrey Klein, a dermatologic surgeon, liposuction can now be performed with the patient under local anesthesia to minimizing blood loss and the risks of general anesthesia. The tumescent technique is clearly the greatest advance in liposuction since the introduction of the procedure in 1976. During this type of liposuction, a saline solution, lidocaine, and small amounts of epinephrine are infiltrated into the desired area(s).
What are the Main Benefits?
• The disadvantages and risks associated with general anesthesia and intravenous sedation are eliminated.
• Much less blood is lost.
• Much less bruising occurs.
• The procedure yields faster healing.
• Intravenous fluid replacement is not necessary.
• Bacteriostatic lidocaine decreases the risk of infections.
• Tumescence magnifies defects, making them easier for the surgeon to correct; therefore, the likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may lessen.
Who Should Consider Liposuction?
Liposuction patients should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations of liposuction. There are neither specific age, nor weight limits for liposuction candidates. Most of our liposuction patients have localized accumulations of fat; therefore, it is important to emphasize that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure or a treatment for generalized obesity. However, an overweight person whose weight has remained stable for many years and has specific problem areas may be an excellent candidate.
The appearance of cellulite may improve, but it should not be expected to be completely resolved after the procedure.
Patients who are fixated on getting rid of their last little “bulge” may adversely affect the quality of their life by excessively dieting or exercising. Time that could be spent with their family, with their friends, or at work is lost. Also, excessive exercising can cause facial atrophy, loss of facial fat from areas where it is associated with youth. Liposuction could provide instantaneous relief.
A healthy, well-balanced diet is important in maintaining the postoperative results as well as ensuring excellent healing. Crash diets immediately prior to the surgery may increase the risk of complications as a consequence of electrolyte imbalances or nutritional deficiencies.