What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent means swollen or firm. The tumescent technique of liposuction for local anesthesia involves the injection of large volumes of very diluted local anesthetic and epinephrine- a drug that shrinks capillaries, into fat that is situated under the skin.
Why this technique is so popular in Colorado Springs is because when injected, it causes the fat under the skin to become swollen or firm and therefore easier to detect where the problem areas are for the procedure to be targeted. This also reduces the risks that general anesthesia can cause. By eliminating the risks of general anesthesia and the risks of excessive surgical bleeding, the tumescent technique for liposuction totally by local anesthesia has eliminated the greatest dangers associated with the older forms of liposuction.
Benefits of Tumescent Technique
Local anethesia used in Colorado for the tumescent technique for liposuction is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous sedatives, narcotic analgesics, or general anesthesia. As a result of the widespread capillary constriction caused by the epinephrine in the anesthetic solution, there is minimal bleeding during and after surgery. This is a major improvement in the liposuction technique compared to the older methods that simply use general anesthesia.
Minimal blood loss
The tumescent technique is so effective at minimizing blood loss that the majority of patients lose approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons of blood during large volume liposuction. This is the same volume of blood that is taken for routine pre-operative laboratory studies. In the days before the advent of the tumescent technique, the biggest risk of liposuction was excessive loss of blood during surgery. In fact, many surgeons required their patients to donate their own blood several weeks before surgery, and then during surgery, the blood would be returned to the patient by transfusion. With the advent of the tumescent technique, blood transfusions are no longer a part of liposuction surgery.
There is dramatically less bruising with tumescent lipo totally by local anesthesia compared to other liposuction techniques under general anesthesia. There are two reasons for this significant decrease in bruising. First, because there is so little blood loss with the tumescent technique, there is almost no blood that remains beneath the skin to cause bruising after surgery. The second reason for decreased bruising is that with the tumescent technique there is a considerable amount of post-operative drainage of the blood tinged anesthetic solution. The incisions are so small (about 1.5 mm), that they do not require stitches. By allowing these wounds to remain open for two to three days after the surgery, most of the residual blood-tinged anesthetic solution drains out. This minimizes bruising and swelling and accelerates the rate of healing.