Are you interested in learning more about liposuction but nervous about the risks of the procedure itself? At Tarola Plastic Surgery, we offer an innovative new liposuction procedure called the tumescent technique, which gives you all the benefits of liposuction with less bleeding and risk.
Contact us at our Murfreesboro location today to set up a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Tarola, a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss the procedure with you to help you determine if the tumescent technique is right for you.
What is the Tumescent Technique?
Developed to reduce the amount of pain, swelling and bruising after a liposuction procedure, the tumescent technique involves injecting anesthetic liquid into the excess fat in the treated areas. This causes the fat to swell and expand, or “tumesce,” allowing the liposuction instruments to move more smoothly underneath the skin during treatment.
The anesthetic liquid – a diluted combination of lidocaine, epinephrine and intravenous liquid – is warmed and injected into treated areas through the same type of small, inconspicuous incisions as in a traditional liposuction procedure. This may also add comfort for the patient as well as the treatment is happening, depending on the type of anesthesia needed.
The tumescent technique also reduces the amount of blood that is lost during the procedure, significantly reducing the risk that a blood transfusion will be needed afterward.
This type of liposuction procedure treats several areas of the body, including:
Who is a Good Candidate for Tumescent Technique?
Those who are deemed appropriate candidates for traditional liposuction are also considered good candidates for the tumescent technique. Individuals with large areas of excess fat may also be approved for this procedure, although Dr. Tarola will discuss this with you during your consultation.
What is Recovery Like?
The anesthetic nature of the tumescent technique continues to work after the procedure is complete, relieving pain and often reducing the need for further pain medication. Some swelling may still be experienced for the first few days as well as some drainage from incision sites.
Doctor Tarola will inform you of all possible risks and side effects associated with the tumescent technique during your consultation. You will also be advised of any aftercare your incision sites may need in order to reduce the risk of infection and complications.
Light activity may typically be resumed within the first few days, and patients may be able to resume full normal activities within a few weeks. The results of the tumescent technique are usually noticeable immediately after surgery but the full effects of the procedure can take up to 3 weeks to be completely visible as the last of the swelling heals.
Provided that the patient is willing to commit to a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise, the results of this procedure should be long-lasting. Contact us at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro today to start building a better you.