An Introduction to the Tumescent Liposuction Technique

Published on September 1, 2014
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There are few surgical procedures in medicine as safe and predictable in its results as liposuction. Over the years, liposuction has only become more advanced, with the introduction of the tumescent technique marking a sea change in the history of the procedure. By employing this technique, plastic surgeons were able to target isolated pockets of fat on the body with greater precision, while patients benefited from less bruising and bleeding and a significantly shorter recover period.

At the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Azita Madjidi in Houston, the tumescent liposuction technique is used to produce results of unsurpassable quality for our valued patients. In every procedure she performs, Dr. Madjidi uses only the most advanced techniques and technologies available to ensure the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of her patients. In the case of liposuction, this means using the tumescent technique.

Understanding the Tumescent Liposuction Technique

The tumescent liposuction technique involves the injection of a saline-based fluid directly into the area being treated, which causes the area to become firm and swollen. The fluid contains two important substances: lidocaine, an anesthetic that prevents discomfort during surgery; and epinephrine, which constricts the blood vessels to reduce bleeding. Because the fluid causes the skin of the treatment area to rise, it is easier for Dr. Madjidi to target that specific area while adjacent tissues remain untouched.

Dr. Madjidi prefers the tumescent liposuction technique for several reasons, including:

  • The presence of lidocaine in the injected fluid eliminates the need for further anesthesia, making the surgery safer.
  • Surgical blood loss is limited by the epinephrine, which dramatically reduces one of the more prominent risks of conventional liposuction.
  • Because Dr. Madjidi uses bacteriostatic lidocaine during the procedure, the risk of post-surgical infection is minimal.
  • There is no need for IV fluids during surgery, as the injected fluid is sufficient.
  • Because the epinephrine restricts the blood vessels, the lidocaine is not absorbed by the body as quickly as it might otherwise be. As a result, the anesthetic properties of the lidocaine are slow to wear off, lasting for as many as three days after the surgery and helping to minimize any possible discomfort.
  • Tumescent liposuction can be performed nearly anywhere on the body, including the abdominal region, the thighs, the back, the legs, the “love handles,” the chin, and the neck.
  • Patients generally heal more quickly and comfortably after liposuction performed using the tumescent technique.

Ultimately, the tumescent liposuction technique enables Dr. Madjidi to produce the best possible aesthetic results, with an accuracy that conventional liposuction does not afford. She is highly esteemed for the consistently exceptional body contouring results she achieves through liposuction and other procedures, and the tumescent technique only helps to ensure the excellence of those results.

Learn More about Liposuction Performed Using the Tumescent Technique

If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Madjidi can help you to achieve the beautiful body contours you crave through tumescent liposuction, we encourage you to contact our plastic surgery practice today. We would be pleased to answer any questions you might have and assist you in scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Madjidi.

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