If you have been researching liposuction on the internet, chances are you've come across articles explaining the different types of liposuction procedures available. The version we offer in our New York City plastic surgery practice is tumescent liposuction.
During a tumescent liposuction procedure, the plastic surgeon floods the fat beneath your skin with a liquid that contains anesthetic and makes the fat easier to remove. The surgeon then removes the fat through a stainless steel tube and closes up the incision.
The tumescent technique has several advantages:
- It minimizes blood loss
- It doesn't require general anesthesia
- It replaces fluid in the body, eliminating the need for an IV
- It doesn't require any expensive extra equipment
- Its effects and complications are well-known and have been extensively studied
- Many doctors have lots of experience with the technique
In recent years, some plastic surgeons have begun advertising new forms of liposuction that use ultrasonic waves or lasers to remove fat. The people selling these techniques claim that they produce better results while being less painful to the patient. However, very little research has been done to test those claims, and the research that has been done suggests that there isn't much of a difference.
Where there is a big difference is in cost: ultrasonic and laser liposuction both require a lot of new, expensive equipment, and doctors needing to pay off this equipment may raise their prices for "high tech" liposuction. At Park Plaza Plastic Surgery, however, we've kept using the same techniques that have always worked, and our results are as good or better than anyone trying to sell you space-age snake oil.
To find out what tumescent liposuction can do for your appearance, set up an initial consultation with Dr. George Lefkovits at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery, located in Manhattan. To schedule your visit, contact us by calling (212) 750-9494.