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Boca Raton Tumescent Liposuction

How Tumescent Technique is Done

The tumescent liposuction technique reduces bruising and decreases the need for anesthesia. Traditionally, about 40 percent of what the plastic surgeon removed during liposuction was blood, requiring many patients to have blood transfusions. The tumescent technique allows cosmetic surgeons to inject large amounts of fluid into the areas of fat before performing liposuction. The fluid, containing local anesthetic and blood vessel constricting drugs, can reduce blood loss, alleviate pain and lessen the need for general anesthesia. As a result of the technique, patients usually experience only 10 percent blood loss, and generally they do not need transfusions.

The procedure is often done on an outpatient basis in Dr. Korpeck's Boca Raton in-office operating room or outpatient surgical center. Most patients require general or spinal anesthetic. And many patients can go back to work or resume light activities in a few days, and sports and recreation in 10 days to two weeks.

Another important advance in liposuction is that doctors use smaller cannulas to operate closer to the surface of the skin. The modern tools are a fraction of the size of the old cannulas. As a result, the procedure is much less traumatic to the tissue and there's less bruising and swelling. The smaller cannulas also allow doctors to perform liposuction closer to the surface of the skin, which allows the skin to contract better over the newly shaped body. People who years ago weren't good candidates for liposuction because of their poor skin elasticity might be with these newer techniques.

Liposuction should not be considered a method for weight loss. In fact, plastic surgeons should not take more than five liters of fat during each surgical procedure. This ensures the optimum safety for patients. Beware of a cosmetic surgeon who tries to take too much in one operation.

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