Liposuction is a surprisingly old technique. Doctors first experimented with the procedure in the early 20th century. Modern liposuction consequently was not developed until 1974.
Since then, liposuction has grown in popularity and diversity. Patients now have many options to choose from, including regular liposuction and the tumescent technique.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, which is also sometimes called lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes fat from the patient’s body. There are now many variations, but most procedures involve using a hollow tube (cannula) to manipulate and remove fat from given sites on the patient’s body.
While the procedure is generally safe, the risks increase with the amount of fat removed. The length of the recovery depends on the size of the treatment area and the type of liposuction used, and it can vary from a few days to several months.
Regardless of type, liposuction is a body sculpting procedure, not a weight loss procedure. It is for people who have stubborn fat deposits, but are of more or less normal weight. It is not for severely overweight people, and it is not a substitute for diet or exercise.
What Does “Regular” Liposuction Involve?
Regular liposuction is more properly called suction-assisted liposuction, or SAL. In SAL, the doctor inserts the cannula and then manipulates it to break up the desired fat deposit.
A suction device or aspirator is then used to remove the fat cells. The patient will be given some sort of anesthesia beforehand, with the type depending on the size of the treatment area and/or the amount of fat being removed.
SAL is a versatile procedure that can be used on almost any part of the body. It can also be performed by itself or in conjunction with another procedure. It is also still one of the more effective and popular liposuction techniques.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
“Tumescent” means firm and swollen. The surgeon injects a large amount of a mixture containing epinephrine and a local anesthetic into the targeted fat deposit, causing it to become tumescent.
Since the mixture already contains an anesthetic, the patient doesn’t need a general anesthetic. Similarly, the epinephrine reduces blood loss.
Injecting both drugs directly into the treatment site means the patient also won’t need to be hooked up to any IVs. The swollen fat cells are also easier to isolate and remove.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
At Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, we proudly perform regular liposuction procedures in addition to the tumescent technique. During your consultation with our professional, we will determine which method is right for you and your unique situation. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.