Minimally Invasive Liposuction
When liposuction was invented patients would have the operation performed in the hospital and these procedures required lengthy hospital stays and even blood transfusions.
With time, like most things, liposuction surgery technology and techniques have evolved to enable surgeons to do things safer, better, faster, and easier.
Today, the state-of-the-art for liposuction for smaller cases is called tumescent liposuction or minimally invasive liposuction.
About Minimally Invasive Tumescent Liposuction
About 1 hour before tumescent liposuction, patients are given medication by mouth, which allows them to be gently sedated and feel as though they have had a few drinks. Patients are breathing on their own, walking, talking, and have no breathing tube whatsoever.
From there, patients are guided into our fully-accredited operating room which has the same safety standards as a hospital operating room. It’s important to note that even though tumescent liposuction procedures are minimally invasive, Neinstein Plastic Surgery still takes every single precaution that would be taken should the operation be a heart transplant.
We next place numbing fluid under the patient’s skin and into the fat – this is what differentiates tumescent minimally invasive liposuction from traditional liposuction. We use dilutes amount of numbing medication called lidocaine that you may have had at the dentist in our numbing solution. This medication is weight based, meaning the amount we can administer depends upon your weight.
Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Tumescent Liposuction?
Candidates for minimally invasive tumescent liposuction are typically individuals seeking treatment in only a few areas, such as:
- Abdomen and waist together (most common)
- Arms, neck, inner thigh, arm pit
When performing tumescent liposuction we will usually treat two areas or three small areas. If patients would like more areas treated, we are unable to get them as numb as we would like while awake, so we must change to IV anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist.
After the areas are numb we use ultrasound energy to melt the deep fat. This melted fat can be removed with very small liposuction instruments instead of the traditional large instruments. This means smaller incisions (virtually scarless), less pain, less inflammation, less downtime. We also can use plasma energy through the same incision to tighten the skin
Tumescent Liposuction Sequence
- Patient is relaxed with medication
- Numbing fluid is placed into the fat (patients may feel pressure)
- The fat is melted and removed
- The skin is tightened
By performing tumescent liposuction in this sequence, patients recover immediately and are able to put on their garment and walk out of the office. This approach also enables patients to avoid the drowsiness, nausea and vomiting that can when general anesthesia is administered.
Tumescent Liposuction Before & After