Liposuction is an excellent means to remove stubborn pockets of fat. After months or more of exercise and diet, you deserve to reach a body you can be proud of. However, many patients may not want to fully “go under” for an operation. There is a safe and effective alternative: tumescent liposuction.
Also called awake liposuction, this procedure provides all the fat removal and body contouring of traditional liposuction. However, it does so while decreasing any risks of the surgery. Still, it delivers results that are just as stunning as (if not better than) traditional methods. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of these awake procedures. Call us today to learn more about this safer alternative to a number of plastic surgery procedures.
Tumescent Liposuction Overview
Awake liposuction is now one of the most popular ways to deal with stubborn fat pockets. Like traditional liposuction, this procedure can target pockets of fat almost anywhere on the body.
We understand that it can be difficult to lose those final bits of fat. You have worked toward this for a long time, but sometimes diet and exercise just aren’t enough. With liposuction, you can remove those pockets and achieve a body that instills self-confidence. By using only local anesthetic and light sedation, you can have an enhanced look and a comfortable procedure.
The solution used for tumescent liposuction is designed to maximize safety and comfort. It is used as an alternative to general anesthesia, which is the kind that renders you fully unconscious. General anesthesia is highly effective and necessary for more extensive surgeries. However, it also comes with quite a few risks. This is especially true for patients with certain medical conditions, such as lung or heart disease.
A tumescent solution instead allows you to be conscious, but not feel any pain. It is made of local anesthetic, saline, and adrenaline. Each ingredient plays an important part in giving you a comfortable experience.
- Local anesthetic: blocks pain
- Saline: keeps everything sterile
- Adrenaline: constricts blood vessels to limit bleeding
Many patients still find the concept of being awake quite stressful. But there is a solution for that as well. Using IV sedation, you will become further relaxed. This allows for a calm procedure with no discomfort.
Unlike general anesthesia, the effects of this solution are entirely local. The rest of your body carries on as usual without stress.
Downsides of General Anesthesia
There are several reasons to avoid choosing general anesthesia for your liposuction procedure. However, if you qualify for it, it is up to you. Our goal is for our patients to have a comfortable experience throughout the process. Cosmetic surgery should be an exciting time, not one that puts you on edge.
Some of the risks of general anesthesia include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Deep vein thrombosis (which can lead to stroke or heart attack)
- Longer recovery time
Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction
Choosing tumescent liposuction comes with a range of benefits. One of the best benefits is that it cuts down the recovery period. Since local anesthesia is less stressful for your body, you can shave days off of recovery.
There are also fewer side effects, and the risk for them is quite low. General anesthesia requires using a large amount of several powerful drugs, each taking a toll on the body. With local numbing, the body is put under far less stress.
Also, tumescent liposuction uses micro-cannulas. These are the tubes used to remove fat. As they are so small, they disrupt your tissues so slightly that you won’t notice. However, they still efficiently remove all the targeted fat. In fact, this method better promotes drainage while keeping bruising and welling down to a minimum.
Also, after the surgery, there is significantly less swelling, inflammation, and discomfort.
Is Tumescent Liposuction Right For Me?
If you have stubborn pockets of fat, then this procedure may be what you need. It offers extremely effective and precise body contouring that surpasses previous methods. It can target fat deposits on almost any part of your body, even areas where traditional methods could not. This is thanks to the smaller tube used.
Schedule a Consultation
Take the first step toward achieving your aesthetic goals today. Schedule a consultation, and you will meet one-on-one with Dr. Gabbay, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, to discuss your goals. According to your unique needs, he will put together a personalized treatment plan. Every aspect of your plan is tailored to match your goals and provide maximum comfort. Call us today to learn more about awake procedures and the treatments we provide. We look forward to helping you achieve the best version of you.