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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the process of removing fat from underneath
the skin, using a cannula (a hollow stainless steel tube) and a
high-powered vacuum. A general anesthesia, a local
anesthesia, or IV sedation may be used for this procedure.

Tumescent Liposuction Technique

In this liposuction technique, large quantities of highly
diluted anesthesia are injected into the targeted areas of
fat, which causes the fat to swell and become firm, or
tumescent. Local anesthesia is widely regarded as the safest form
of anesthesia. This is widely regarded as the safest form of
liposuction, and is very safe when done by experienced surgeons.

Tumescent Liposuction (Modified)

This liposuction procedure uses a combination of tumescent local anesthesia and another type of systemic anesthesia, such as IV sedation or general anesthesia. There are potential hazards associated with IV sedation and general anesthesia, which are required to be administered by an anesthesiologist.

Potential Complications of Liposuction

When complications arise from liposuction, the causes are usually related to the surgeon’s judgment, over-confidence, failure to take precautions, ignorance of the medications and substances used, and poor understanding of the procedures.

Liposuction as an Art

You can view liposuction as a form of artistic expression, which manifests as
1) the demonstration of a knowledge of science
2) the production of something beautiful
3) expert workmanship
4) the desire to improve artistic technique
5) the skill borne of experience
6) the desire to help people love their body image. The surgeon who uses an artistic surgical technique must have the skill to apply artistic sensibilities when needed, and the intelligence not to do anything that would harm a patient.

Potential Risks of Liposuction

Anyone who is considering having a liposuction procedure must be cautioned about the various risks involved. Problems can result as a result of:

  • Excessive liposuction (a high volume of fat), or treating an excessive number of areas, which can lead to serious complications.
  •  Having other procedures in addition to liposuction on the same day. This can be hazardous, due to the excessive exposure to anesthesia.
  • The surgeon’s lack of attention to the job at hand, which can lead to disfiguring depressions and other marks in the skin.

Tumescent Liposuction Considered Safest

Done correctly, this type of liposuction is a very safe procedure, as long as the volume of fat removed is not excessive, and a reasonable number of areas are treated. 

Cosmetic Results

The tumescent liposuction procedure uses microcannulas, which can produce the smoothest cosmetic results. In contrast, the cannulas used in traditional liposuction are larger and remove fat much faster, which can cause irregularities in the skin. The choice of larger cannulas allows the surgeon to complete the procedure more quickly.

Recovery and Healing

When the tumescent liposuction procedure is finished, some of the local anesthesia, which is mixed with slight amounts of blood, will remain beneath the surface of the skin. After a few weeks, the excess fluid will be absorbed by the body.

Proper Drainage of Incision Sites

The healing process can be accelerated when the local anesthetic solution (containing some blood) is rapidly drained.  In addition, proper drainage can help to reduce the swelling and bruising that typically follow surgery.


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