Liposuction is an excellent choice for patients who are looking to smooth their physique and remove displeasing physical blemishes caused by the collection of fat deposits in the body. While regular exercise and healthy diet are the always the first line of defense in keeping the body in prime condition, there are instances when no amount of physical effort or restricted consumption will suffice. For patients who find themselves in this situation, Our liposuction technique can be an extremely effective solution.
Patients seeking liposuction procedures will now have the option of selecting tumescent liposuction when it comes to treating problematic areas. Developed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, this approach to liposuction makes for an extra safe and efficient alternative to many methods currently used by physicians.
The term tumescent means “swollen and firm” and refers to the approach’s effect on capillaries. This innovative procedure utilizes large volumes of a diluted solution of lidocaine and epinephrine that temporarily shrink capillaries, ultimately reducing bleeding and bruising. The greatest advantage to this method of liposuction is the use of local anesthetic in place of general anesthesia. IV sedatives or narcotic analgesics. The risks associated with general anesthesia are well-recognized and can include cardiac and circulatory depression as well as unpleasant side effects post-procedure. Patients who undergo treatment with general anesthesia tend to experience longer recovery periods as well. Tumescent liposuction gives patients the freedom to avoid general anesthesia altogether and quickly get back to everyday life with a drastically shortened recovery period.
At the St. Louis Lipo Center, every patient is schedule for an initial consultation with an attending physician. This consultation is extremely important as it provides an opportunity for potential patients to meet with their physician in a comfortable setting and discuss any questions, concerns or hesitations they may have. It is also an ideal moment to discuss procedural goals and expectations. Understanding how a procedure works will help a patient and physician put together a personalized treatment plan, making for a customized and comforting experience overall.
For patients who elect to use a tumescent liposuction technique as a method for treating fat deposits, a step-by-step outline of how the procedure works will always be provided during the course of conversations with the performing physician. Prior to the procedure, the problematic areas to be treated are clearly mapped out and marked. A local numbing anesthetic is then injected through a series of small incisions in these areas to ensure a painless experience. Once the marked areas are numb, the physician will begin removing fat deposits using a small cannula and gentle suction. This simple procedure allows for permanent fat removal and allows patients to remain awake during the process. Remaining conscious through the procedure gives patients an opportunity to consult with their physician in real time concerning symmetry and desired results.
Once tumescent liposuction is complete, patients will be required to wear compression garments that help direct the treated area into its new shape and assist in the reduction of swelling. Compression garments also promote healthy blood flow and aid in the prevention of blood clots. These garments are worn for only a short period of time to allow skin to tighten around the treated areas. A follow up appointment is scheduled for two days after the procedure, so the area can be checked thoroughly by the physician. It may be necessary to schedule regular appointments afterwards as a way of ensuring continued success with results.
While patients may experience a couple days of minor discomfort following the procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers generally suffice in curbing these sensations. In the majority of cases, patients are able to return to their normal, every day activities a day after the procedure is completed.
While many patients seek out liposuction as a solution to cosmetic alterations, it’s very possible insurance companies may cover the cost of services if they are linked to underlying medical issues. In some cases, our liposuction technique is considered a therapeutic solution to more complex diseases including Lipedema. Additionally, liposuction may take pressure off of restricted veins that increase the risk for blood clots. Patients who suffer from venous deficiencies should be sure to check with their insurance companies prior to receiving services to see if the cost of care could be covered.
Keeping patient safety as a top priority, Dr. Wright and his dedicated staff at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center are committed to providing world class service. Tumescent liposuction provides a time-efficient solution to fat removal while ensuring a quick recovery. When diet and exercise are no longer viable options, consider scheduling a consultation to see how tumescent liposuction could be the life-changing solution you’ve been looking for.