Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of unwanted body fat. The treatment can be performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia or in an office under local anesthesia.

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What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent Liposuction is the use of subcutaneous infiltration of tumescent fluid which contains lidocaine, an anesthetic, epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor that helps minimize bleeding and bruising during and after surgery, followed by suction-assisted aspiration of fat by using an aspiration cannulae.

What is the difference between a hospital based versus an office based tumescent liposuction procedure?

A hospital based liposuction procedure is performed in a hospital operating room under general anesthesia, while office based liposuction is performed under local anesthesia using tumescent fluid to anesthetize the area being treated.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

The treatment is best suited for patients that are close to their ideal weight, who exercise and eat nutritionally balanced healthy foods but who can’t get rid of the excess fat he or she is carrying.

What is involved from start to end?

Initially, the patient comes in for a consultation. Once it’s decided he or she needs liposuction, the patient undergoes a complete physical exam and labs are ordered. On the day of the procedure the patient is weighed, and the area to be treated is identified. Once in the surgical suite, the area to be lipo suctioned is infiltrated with tumescent fluid followed by aspiration of the excess fat already identified.

Once finished the patient is bandaged and dressed up appropriately and when ready, is sent home accompanied by friends or family.

Is the procedure safe?

The procedure is very safe.The risks of complications are much lower than for patients treated under general anesthesia in a hospital setting.

What are the risks involved?

Potential risks with tumescent liposuction are as follows: post-infections, post-bleeding, post-operative pain, post -operative swelling, seroma formation, irregularity and asymmetry.

What is the downtime?

Minimal downtime, most patients go back to work within 1-3 days as compared to days to weeks for patients treated under general anesthesia in a hospital setting.

Is the procedure expensive?

Since it is a surgical procedure the cost is more expensive than non-surgical procedures but when done under local anesthesia in an office setting it is much cheaper than when the procedure is done under general anesthesia in a hospital setting.

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