There have been some recent improvements in the liposuction technique, the most significant being the tumescent technique, developed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein.
The tumescent technique involves St. Louis lipo procedures done with a local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia.
“Tumescent” translates to “swollen and firm”. The procedure uses large volumes of a diluted solution of lidocaine (a local anesthetic), and epinephrine that temporarily shrinks capillaries, reducing bleeding and bruising. Patients will not require IV sedatives, general anesthesia, or narcotic analgesics — eliminating the risks of these. There are many risks associated with general anesthesia, so using a local anesthetic makes this a much safer procedure. Best of all, at our St. Louis Lipo Center, you will have access to some of the most effective lipo procedures in St. Louis! Additionally, the use of general anesthesia can inhibit patients, making the recovery time much longer, as the patient must recover from the anesthesia, as well as procedure. With tumescent lipo, there is relatively no down time.
An initial consultation will determine the patient’s goals, as well as discuss the overall procedures and what to expect.
During the actual procedure, the areas of treatment are marked and prepared for the procedure. A local numbing anesthetic is injected through tiny incisions, after which the doctor starts removing the fat via a small cannula and gentle suction. This permanently removes the fat. The patient remains awake during the procedures so that he or she can stand, assisting the doctor in accurately assessing symmetry and results.
After the procedure, the patient wears compression garments to help the treatment area find its new shape, as well as reduce swelling. The garment will be used for a period of time after the procedure to enable the skin to tighten around the newly contoured area. Patients will return to the clinic after two days for a follow-up appointment, along with periodic follow-ups.
Patients may experience a couple of days of minor discomfort, which is usually treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most are able to return to their normal activities after just a day.
My experience with Dr. Wright and his staff was exceptional. I have had two liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Wright and both were very successful. I would recommend Dr. Wright and his staff highly. The staff was professional and helpful with after care and follow-up appointments. If I had any other needs they would be on the top of my list.