Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the US and Europe. The conventional surgery is done under general anaesthesia (GA) and has the risks associated with GA.
Tumescent Liposuction is a revolutionary procedure in the field of cosmetic surgery. In this technique, the surgeon sculpts the body (typical areas include abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, arms, chin and neck, upper back, buttocks and male breasts) to give you a good silhoutte. The technique involves infiltrating the area to be sculpted with a large volume of fluid that also contains a local anaesthetic, adrenaline (to reduce blood loss) and Sodium Bicarbonate (to reduce the burning effects of the local anaesthetic). The surgeon then sucks the fat out by using devices called as cannulas that are about 3-4 mm in internal diameter. Earlier these cannulas used to be large and cause significant after-effects from the surgery. With micro-cannulas there are no cosmetic disfigurements like skin dimpling, puckering, etc. The procedure takes about a couple of hours at the most and after the procedure the patient can go home. The patients can return to work in a couple of days time. The only requirement is that the patients should wear a compression garment for 4 weeks after surgery to aid in skin retraction.
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