Some people find it incredibly difficult to get rid of fat deposits in certain areas on the body. For men, the abdomen is a common source of frustration; for women, the hips and thighs are typical problem areas. When proper diet and exercise don’t help, many people find liposuction to be an effective way to achieve the shape they desire. Several new liposuction techniques provide more precise results, less side effects, and a quicker recovery. We are pleased to offer Melbourne patients one of these advancements, known as tumescent liposuction.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is generally considered the safest and most effective form of liposuction surgery. The technique involves an injection of a large amount of fluid into the area of fatty tissue. The fluid contains medications that numb the area and help shrink blood vessels. As the fluid fills the treatment area, it causes the fat cells to swell up, making them easier to remove from the body. The procedure takes a little longer than traditional liposuction, but it typically produces better results.
What Are the Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is one the most popular techniques for removing pockets of fat because the procedure has fewer side effects than traditional liposuction, including:
- Less bleeding during the liposuction procedure
- Reduced bleeding, bruising, and swelling after the surgery
- Fewer side effects related to the type of anesthesia
Most patients recover from this procedure more quickly and more easily than traditional liposuction and often achieve smoother, more precise results.
What Is Involved in the Procedure?
We have been performing liposuction as day surgery at our plastic surgery center for more than 20 years. We use the most advanced surgical and anaesthetic techniques to make your recovery as easy and as quick as possible.
The tumescent liposuction technique is very similar to traditional liposuction. The difference is the injection of medication into the treatment area. Once the injected medication takes effect, our surgeon uses a thin tube called a cannula to suction out specific deposits of unwanted fat. Some patients choose to add other body contouring procedures, such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”), for a more dramatic result.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Generally, patients who seek liposuction should be in good health, have good skin elasticity, and be near their ideal weight. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss and is not appropriate for the removal of very large amounts of subdermal fat.
Although age itself isn’t a major factor in determining eligibility for liposuction, a loss of skin elasticity can occur with age. That means older patients might not achieve the same outcome as someone who has firmer, tighter skin to begin with. A detailed consultation and physical exam will determine if you are a suitable candidate for this surgery.
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Our staff is experienced and compassionate, and we use the most advanced techniques to provide the best surgical experience and results. If you are considering liposuction to reveal a firmer, more toned body shape, we invite you to schedule a consultation today.