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How Tumescent Liposuction Can Help Remove Excess Fat

Updated on July 5, 2012

Perfect Timing

This question from Simone has come at the right time because a friend of mine who underwent lipoplasty or liposuction recently was apprehensive about the procedure and the after-effects. I did a thorough research on Google; also consulted a friend who is a doctor and got information that she found helpful. When this question came up on HubPages, I modified my report appropriately so as to present it as a hub.

What is Liposuction?

The days when liposuction was considered a fat removal procedure with the danger of developing many complications are far behind. Today, it is one of the most resorted to methods in the field of cosmetic surgery, in order to enhance the looks of an individual with the least risk. The reason for this is that liposculpture and body contouring have gained a lot of popularity with improved methods for fat reduction in the body with a few or no side-effects, making liposuction the most wanted fat removal procedure performed today.

It is very important to understand that liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss method either. It is meant for an individual with localized areas of fat in the abdomen, thighs, hips, breast, buttocks and elsewhere in the body. It is a method used to bring the body contour to the desired shape.

About Tumescent Liposuction

The scalpels that were once used to scrape fat away from the body have been replaced by the present day microcannulas which ensure the safety of the patient. Liposuction or lipoplasty involves removal of excess fat in the body using a cannula which is a hollow tube and an aspirator for suction. Local, general or IV sedation may be used.

Tumescent liposuction or liposculpture or simply lipo as it is more commonly called, is a technique in which a local anesthetic (usually lidocaine), a vasoconstrictor (epinephrine) and a salt solution are injected into the subcutaneous fat to be removed, making the injected area tumescent or swollen and firm. Local anesthesia is considered safest for the body sculpting procedure.

How it Works

Microcannulas make tiny incisions on the skin, making the procedure less invasive. Epinephrine constricts the blood capillaries ensuring a minimum loss of blood during the procedure. The saline solution loosens the fat tissues and helps reduce bruising. Local anesthesia also keeps the patient awake, which is helpful in 3D body contouring as the patient can be moved around to bring about the desired effect. It is very important to monitor the levels of lidocaine used during liposuction to ensure safety of the patient.

Benefits of Liposculpture

With these improved measures in performing tumescent liposculpture, more and more people are opting for abdomen liposuction, breast liposuction, knee liposuction, inner thigh liposuction and many more, which have many advantages.

  • Liposculpture enhances the appearance with minimal bruising and the least loss of blood.
  • It has a short recovery time involved, as the patient can get back to routine work within a few days.
  • With the use of microcannulas for tiny incisions, there is very little or no skin irregularity after the procedure.

Technological advance in non-surgical medical options is another reason for the popularity of liposculpture.

Guidelines for Liposuction Patients

The medical community has noticed a marked increase in the liposuction procedure in the past few years. This is certainly because of the priority given to safety in this method of fat reduction. The safety of this procedure depends largely upon certain guidelines which should be followed.

  • The patient should disclose the entire medical history to enable the cosmetic surgeon to determine the eligibility of the candidate for the procedure.
  • The skill and training of the performing surgeon and the anesthesiologist are very important for a safe procedure.
  • The patient should follow the post-operative instructions meticulously in order to maintain the body contour and for a speedy recovery.

However, if the patient is immobile for a long time after the procedure, there is a possibility of a few complications arising, two of the major ones being Pulmonary Thromboemboli (blood clot in the lungs) and Fat Emboli (free fat in the blood stream carried to major organs), usually within 24 hours after the operation. Large volume liposuction patients should be kept under observation and monitored to avoid any major complications.


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    • remaniki profile image

      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Nice of you to have stopped by Denise. Thank you.



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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting hub, Remaniki. Very well presented with useful info. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You explain the procedure so well. Still, even though it is less invasive and safer now than in the past, I am still so afraid to consider any type of cosmetic surgery. That's what I say today! However, as I get older, I see things on my body that I would like to nip, tuck, and suction away.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks a ton for the visit case1worker. I am happy that my research to help my friend came in handy at the right moment.



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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I don't think I would like this; but as you say it is not for weight loss rather for localised deposits of fat- a nice hub and I found it really nice that you did all this research for a friend who was having this treatment- voted up and interesting.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks very much Simone for the visit and the nice comment.

      This hub has been inspired by you! Thanks again.



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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Fascinating! I had known about cannula insertion systems used in eye surgery, but hadn't read about them being used in cosmetic surgery. Thanks for the explanation!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks for the visit and the comment Paradise7. I too agree with you in that investing in this procedure is not really necessary for people who think they want a beautiful flawless figure.

      Celebrities do undergo such treatments as we all know. It is said that it helps obese people who get large amounts of fat removed by liposuction.

      All said and done, anything unnatural is not good in my opinion.



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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Interesting, but not for me. I'll just live with my highly flawed shape. I think you have to be really sort of paranoid about your body's flaws to invest in this procedure.