Liposculpture (technically, “Tumescent Microcannular Liposuction”) is a dramatically improved alternative to liposuction. Unlike conventional liposuction, this technique requires no general anesthesia, avoiding significant risk, post-operative pain, cost and recovery time. (Conscious sedation, also known as “twilight sleep” is available if requested.) Blood loss and bruising are also greatly reduced. With the advent of microcannulas (much smaller and finer suction tubes) we are able to achieve a smoother and more sculpted outcome. The results can be remarkable.
What is “tumescent liposculpture?”A method of removing fat cells permanently from an area of the body. With this technique, a solution of Lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (to constrict the blood vessels) is infused into the space between the skin and muscle using a cannula (a thin rod with a hole through the center). The cannula is placed under the skin using a few very small incisions (about 1/4” long), which are usually placed in the skin folds so they will not be readily visible. This process not only provides anesthesia, but helps liquefy the fat so it can be suctioned out. The epinephrine in the solution constricts blood vessels to minimize bleeding. Next, another cannula is used, through the existing incisions, to suction out the fat cells, using a high-pressure vacuum pump. The entire procedure takes 2-4 hours, depending on the area and the amount of fat to be removed. Using different sized cannulas, we can “sculpt” the areas treated to achieve the contour you want.
How does it differ from traditional liposuction?
This relatively new technique differs from original liposuction in many important ways. First of all, no general anesthesia is required. This reduces the risk, expense and recovery time dramatically. Second, no hospitalization is needed. Third, bleeding is virtually non-existent with the tumescent liposculpture technique. Lastly, the risk of large volume losses and shock are virtually eliminated because of the infused fluid and the use of “microcannulas”, which are much smaller than those used with traditional liposuction.