Over the years, several different liposuction techniques have been developed, each with unique advantages and disadvantages. However, the safest form of liposuction is still tumescent liposuction. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), tumescent liposuction is the preferred technique nationwide. This technique has the quickest recovery period, while at the same time allowing Dr. Lefkovits to produce precise, excellent results.
Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of fluid consisting of a dilute local anesthetic and very dilute epinehrine. This facilitates the removal of fat, decreases bleeding, and therefore leads to less post-op bruising. Finally the local anesthetic provides some temporary post-operative pain relief. The word “tumescent” refers to the technique of swelling your skin with a local anesthetic (consisting of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine), making it easier to target and remove excess fatty cells. The epinephrine in the solution also shrinks your blood vessels, minimizing bleeding.
Tumescent liposuction reduces many of the standard side effects that are associated with liposuction, such as bruising, swelling, and pain after surgery. Aesthetically, it also comes with the benefit of reduced skin irregularities, providing you with smoother overall results.
If you are looking for safe and effective liposuction performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. You can also reach us by phone at (212) 750-9494.