Tumescent and Wet Liposuction Philadelphia
Safe and Simple: Is Tumescent and Wet Liposuction Right for You?
Tumescent liposuction is the predecessor of wet liposuction. The tumescent liposuction procedure uses a diluted solution of a local anesthetic and vasoconstrictor (usually lidocaine and epinephrine). A tumescent fluid solution is also used in ultrasound assisted and power assisted liposuction to help improve results. Wet liposuction simply uses much less fluid than tumescent so that the risks of too much fluid being absorbed by the body are reduced. Generally, the "wet" technique is preferred. Dr. Joseph A. Rabson and our team are pleased to offer advanced liposuction techniques to our Philadelphia and Montgomery County area patients at our state-of-the-art Blue Bell Ambulatory Surgical Center.
What Steps Are Involved in Tumescent and Wet Liposuction?
Liposuction may require only a local anesthetic, which allows the patient to remain conscious. Some patients, however, prefer to be completely asleep. While many types of physicians perform liposuction, only surgeons can offer both options to his patients.
- The surgeon begins by injecting the tumescent fluid, containing a mixture of anesthetic, saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine into the treatment site. The tumescent fluid mixture fills in between the fat cells so that the fat is more easily removed with minimal bleeding. Once the patient is anesthetized and the fluid has been injected, a tiny incision is made for the cannula (a straw-like metallic tube) used to extract the fat). Tumescent and wet liposuction uses very small cannulas, which requires smaller incisions to insert and, therefore, leaves less scarring. Once the desired location has been purged of fat, the procedure is finished, and the small incisions can be sutured. Often an elastic compression garment is worn after the procedure to ensure that the skin contracts and heals properly. Because removing too much fat can cause complications, the artistry involves knowing how much fat to remove and how much to leave behind.
What Are Some Advantages of our Liposuction Over Other Approaches?
- You have a choice of local anesthesia or being completely asleep in a fully accredited surgical facility, owned and operated by board certified physicians with anesthesia provided by board certified anesthesiologists
- It is an out-patient procedure, which does not require a hospital stay, eliminating many costs for the patient
- The least blood loss of any approach
- The fluid mixture magnifies defects, allowing the surgeon to remove more fat, reducing the need for future surgeries
- Using the fluid mixture described above, less intravenous fluid replacement is possible
- The risk of infection may be decreased
- Recovery time is minimal
- Using the wet technique has been proven safer
Contact Dr. Rabson to Find Out Whether Tumescent Liposuction Is for You
Dr. Rabson and our team at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center are pleased to offer advanced liposuction techniques to the Philadelphia and Montgomery County areas. If you are considering tumescent or wet liposuction, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rabson today.
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