Ft. Lauderdale Liposuction Surgeons
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery
How Does Liposuction Work?
Tumescent liposuction represents a major breakthrough in body sculpting options. Like traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction can rid the body of unwanted fatty buildup in localized areas. However, tumescent liposuction offers improved safety and a more comfortable recovery process for patients, while giving doctors a more precise method by which to beautify the human body.
During tumescent liposuction, our plastic surgeons inject a large amount of fluid deep into the tissues surrounding the areas of fat to be removed. Along with keeping patients well-hydrated, this fluid creates space between muscle tissues and the fatty tissues being removed so that the surgeon has more room in which to make the back and forth movements necessary to break up fat cells.
The fluid blends a simple saline solution with medicine that shrinks the size of capillaries and an anesthetic. Shrinking capillaries improves safety by greatly minimizing blood loss and bruising. If the surgeon is treating a large area of the body, general anesthesia will be administered; otherwise, local anesthesia is used.
By increasing the space between fat and muscle tissue, tumescent liposuction empowers doctors to craft the contours of the body like never before. And patients experience a quicker and far more pleasant recovery after their cosmetic plastic surgery with tumescent-style liposuction. Request your certificate for a Free Tumescent Liposuction Consultation now and call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
During their consultations at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, tumescent liposuction patients are told that complications are possible with any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, including the tumescent liposuction. It is important to enter into any procedure aware of the possible complications as well as the benefits.
All patients of liposculpture procedures will experience some bruising and numbness. Our liposuction patients know that these effects are normal following the procedure. Risks commonly associated with tumescent liposuction include infection, sleepiness, contour irregularities, skin lumpiness or dimpling, pigment changes, objectionable scarring, delays in healing, fat clots or blood clots, excessive fluid loss or buildup, injury to organs or nerves, reaction to the local anesthetic and drug interactions. These challenges are nearly always correctable and short term. In rare cases a second procedure may be necessary to correct complications.
The number of areas from which fat is scheduled to be removed as well as the total volume of fat that is removed will affect the time that your procedure takes and, consequently, the overall safety of the cosmetic plastic surgery. Men and women considering tumescent liposuction should talk with a doctor and do the research so that they’re comfortable with the procedure.
The risk of complications during tumescent liposuction is extremely low when it is performed in an outpatient setting using a local anesthetic. Tumescent liposuction at South Florida Center is considered an especially safe cosmetic procedure and serious complications are very rare.
Good communication between doctor and patient is always important. We encourage you to talk with us about all of your questions and concerns about cosmetic plastic surgery.
Liposuction Recovery Process
Patients recovering from tumescent liposuction typically experience a more comfortable recovery process than patients who choose traditional liposuction surgery. Once the fluid containing a local anesthetic has fully permeated your tissues, its numbing effects can last as many as three days into your recovery. Nevertheless, if you experience any discomfort at all, we will provide the medication you need to experience the shortest and most relaxing healing process after your plastic surgery procedure.
Your complete and speedy recovery after tumescent liposuction requires that several specific steps be followed, including procedures for bandage care, bathing, driving, deep breathing exercises, dietary adjustments and mild exercise. Your surgeon may also recommend that you take an iron supplement before and after your tumescent liposuction.
Your stitches will be painlessly removed in just five to seven days after surgery. A special support garment will continue shaping your body for the next one to three weeks. Although you will see a reduction in your fatty bulges immediately following tumescent liposuction, it will take two to four months for swelling to completely disappear and reveal your new body.
For most of our patients, liposculpture scars are only one to two millimeters in length and barely visible. Your scars will appear as red or pink for six months and gradually fade thereafter. These scars are rarely troublesome. Nevertheless, you should know that all cosmetic plastic surgery scars are permanent and size and that the final color will depend on factors that are not totally predictable.
Five percent of South Florida Center patients will choose to have a secondary, “touchup” liposculpture after about six months, usually to remove additional fat. You will be happiest with your procedure if you recognize that it will take several months for the appearance of your new, sculptured look.
Be sure to ask your surgeon about any concerns or questions you have about the recovery process. At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we believe your health and happiness are the most important considerations at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is tumescent liposuction performed?
- How do I prepare for tumescent liposuction?
- How long does this procedure take?
- What form of anesthesia is used?
- Can I return home the same day?
- How long before I can return to normal activity?
- Does tumescent liposuction also remove cellulite?
- Will my fat come back after tumescent liposuction?
How is tumescent liposuction performed?
In general our surgeons perform liposuction by using small incisions to insert a tiny vacuum that removes fat cells. After the fat is removed, the surgeon will stitch (suture) the treated areas and apply a bandage or garment to help re-drape the skin and contain swelling.
The tumescent technique involves injecting a saline solution and local anesthetic into the areas to be treated prior to suctioning. Injecting this fluid makes the area “tumescent,” or swollen, to allow for easier separation of fat cells from other tissue. An incision is made near the area from which the fat will be removed and a specially designed surgical tube (cannula) is placed through the incision into the fat. The cannula is attached by flexible tubing to a vacuum pump that removes the fat by suction as the cannula is manipulated beneath the skin. Compared to conventional liposuction techniques, the tumescent technique is more precise, involves less blood loss, facilitates the removal of more fat and shortens patient convalescence time. This is an excellent method for adult individuals of all ages with excessive fat deposits, even those with very loose skin.
How do I prepare for tumescent liposuction?
During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, we ask that you provide a complete medical history, including all known allergies, current medications and previous surgical procedures. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. An electrocardiogram is required for patients over the age of forty.
Photographs are very helpful aids when planning and performing your liposculpture. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken both before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific steps to take in preparation for your procedure. These instructions may include cautions about taking certain medications or drinking alcohol, and protocols for shaving and using antibacterial soap.
You must stop smoking and taking aspirin or diet pills at least two weeks prior to the procedure. You also must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, a common cold, a sore throat or an allergic condition, it is important that you inform your surgeon so that you may be examined prior to your procedure.
How long does this procedure take?
Tumescent liposculpture cosmetic plastic surgery generally takes between two and four hours, depending on how many areas are treated and the total volume of fat being removed.
What form of anesthesia is used?
A local anesthetic will be blended into the saline solution that your surgeon will inject into areas between your fat and muscle tissues. This local anesthetic will enable you to remain awake and pain-free during your procedure, and will greatly reduce any discomfort during the first 72 hours that follow your surgery. Additional medications will be subscribed to keep you comfortable throughout your recovery.
Can I return home the same day?
Yes. However, you must make arrangements for someone to pick you up, take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:
- 1 day
- 1 week
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most of our liposuction patients return to work and everyday activities within a week, depending on the extent of the areas treated.
Does tumescent liposuction also remove cellulite?
No. Tumescent liposuction only removes deposited fat. However, cellulite can now be treated with a procedure that involves a series of roller-like massages known as endermologie.
Will my fat come back after tumescent liposuction?
The human body produces all of its fat cells when we are young, totally halting production at puberty. When we gain or lose weight, the cells get bigger or smaller but the total number of cells will never change. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. They will never come back and new fat cells cannot be produced. You can, however, gain weight in your body’s remaining fat cells. But you will gain that new fat evenly over your entire body rather than suffering another disproportionate buildup of fat in your “problem area.”
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