In spite of our best efforts, it can sometimes seem like our ideal bodies are just out of reach. Achieving your aesthetic goals takes a lot of work and requires discipline, but there are many ways you can make things easier. With liposuction, stubborn pockets of fat can be sculpted away from the body, giving you the leaner, shapelier body that you’ve always dreamed of.
Liposuction is one of the more commonly known cosmetic procedures, but there is a lot more to it than people usually understand. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction is to learn as much as you can about the procedure.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that suctions fat from the body. There are a number of techniques that are widely used, and the most popular of these is called tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is a tried-and-true technique that has a long track record of success for helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.
Liposuction is not meant to be a replacement for healthy living; rather, it is a tool that can help you get rid of stubborn fat that doesn’t seem to respond to dieting or exercise.
On a basic level, the procedure is performed by using a thin hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a suction device. Tiny incisions are made around the area that is being operated on. The cannula is inserted through the incisions and is worked through the fat layer to suction out fat.
With tumescent liposuction, a special step is added. One of the first steps in tumescent liposuction involves injecting a large amount of lidocaine. The word tumescent means swollen and firm, which is what the lidocaine does to the fat layer. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic, so this also helps ensure the patient is comfortable. Injecting lidocaine also eliminates the need for riskier general anesthesia or IV sedatives.
One of the other benefits of tumescent liposuction is that it achieves vasoconstriction. This simply means that bleeding during surgery is minimized. Most patients experience as little as one to two tablespoons of blood loss during the procedure — a minimal amount. This also results in less bruising and improves the rate of healing.
The recovery process for liposuction varies depending on the amount of fat removed and the area being treated. The surgical team will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for yourself during the healing period and techniques that will help you prevent complications.
Tumescent liposuction can achieve large-volume reduction of fat and can be used on many different areas of the body. One of the most important aspects of liposuction, as with any other cosmetic procedure, is the patient’s personal goals and expectations. The best way to ensure that your results are to your satisfaction is by scheduling a consultation with an experienced professional.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Davila to learn more about the results you can achieve with tumescent liposuction.