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Tumescent Liposuction: Brigitte Nielsen Plastic Surgery

Defining Tumescent Liposuction Basically, tumescent liposuction is a surgical procedure that is involved in the removal of excess body fat. Both traditional liposuction techniques and tumescent anesthesia are used during this sort of surgical procedure. Tumescent liposuction is one of the many procedures that is newer to the cosmetic surgery line up. In fact, tumescent liposuction was not used until the 1990AfAE’Aca��A�AfaEsA�A�s. In comparison to other liposuction procedures, tumescent liposuction has many benefits when it comes to a lessened amount of bleeding during the surgery and a quicker recovery period afterwards. Lidocaine and epinephrine are the two main items that make tumescent liposuction so much different from traditional liposuction procedures. The lidocaine that is used will serve as a local anesthetic to the patient and they will not need to undergo general anesthesia. The epinephrine is what helps to keep the bleeding at a minimum during the surgery, as it will temporarily cause the capillaries to become restricted. With tumescent liposuction, a minimum amount of sedative is all that has to be used.

The lidocaine and epinepherine will be injected into the fat under the skin and will cause the fat to become firm and swell up, which makes it easier to remove. The lidocaine will actually be retained in the patient’s body several hours after the surgery has been completed, which will help with any pains post surgery. In fact, the patient will be able to enjoy twelve or more hours of pain free recovery because of the lidocaine. The patient will not have to experience the extreme disorientation that many other patients who undergo traditional liposuction procedures have to deal with due to the amount of sedative they must take. Nausea is another unpleasant feeling that tumescent liposuction patients will not have to deal with in comparison to traditional liposuction patients.

There are risks to this type of liposuction procedure, just as there are with any other surgical procedure. The patients will hae to suffer through some side effects such as bruising and swelling. Patients may also experience some temporary numbness of the treated area of skin and tissue. There may be some significant drainage in certain effected areas and there may also be some skin irregularities that result from this surgical procedure. However, skin irregularities only occur in a small percentage of patients and this form of surgery is generally quite safe.

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