Many people are under the impression that tumescent liposuction is a type of liposuction procedure. In actuality, it is a process that is used prior to the actual liposuction technique for safety purposes.
Tumescent liposuction requires the preparation of a specialized solution that is injected intravenously in the area of the body where liposuction will be performed. The amount of solution depends on how much fat will be removed. Larger volumes of fat require larger quantities of solution.
Lidocaine and epinephrine is mixed together into a saline solution. The purpose of the lidocaine is to help minimize the level of pain experienced by the patient. Epinephrine’s function is to constrict the blood vessels so that there is less bleeding and bruising.
The tumescent process allows the liposuction procedure to be performed at the doctor’s office instead of a hospital setting.
Who Is A Candidate For Liposuction
In order to be considered for liposuction or for that matter a fairly new procedure call A Mommy Makeover, candidates must be in a general high state of health. Liposuction is for patients who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, but are not able to shed pounds and achieve their desired body shape through their own efforts.
Since it is crucial to avoid causing trauma and imbalances in the body’s overall system, being in a sound state of health is important for the success of the procedure.
Liposuction is contraindicated in patients with diabetes, infections, heart conditions and low levels of skin elasticity. Tummy tucks are usually recommended for patients who wish to eliminate fat in their midsection and have poor skin elasticity. Tummy tucks are also complicated procedures and cannot be done in conjunction with liposuction.
A qualified surgeon is certified by an accredited organization, such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Society of Plastic Surgeons.