What Do I Need to Know About The Tumescent Liposuction Procedure?
Myth 1: I will be lighter after liposuction. Interestingly, after liposuction your weight may in fact not change at all or may just go down 1 or 2 kilos. The fat that is removed from the under skin does not weigh as much as fat that is in the muscle and around our intestines. What will change with liposuction is the shape. There will always be a difference on the before and after photo with a patient being slimmer and tighter.
Myth 2: The skin will be sagging and loose after Tumescent liposuction procedure. Because we make many canals with the liposuction cannula, which close and contract, we always find that the skin tightens and contracts. There are methods that we use to help make the skin contract and tighten. By wearing a garment, this will also enhance the contraction. In most cases the skin does not end up sagging but rather contracts and becomes tighter. If a patient has loose skin then there is always a risk of wrinkling.
TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE GOAL
The goal of liposculpture is to make the area slimmer and tighter, ideally to look better in clothes and possibly better without clothes. The goal of more modern liposuction is to have a more athletic youthful appearance.
Although the tumescent technique was developed over 20 years ago and Dr. Lanzer brought this to Australia in 1992, there have been many new developments with the method of liposculpture. The most recent device that I use is called MicroAire. I find that this enhances the speed and ease with which the fat can be removed. Other times, I will use the Vaser to help soften and dissolve the fat.
Where is the procedure performed?
We perform liposuction in our state-of-the-art day surgery centre in Malvern, Melbourne or in the city in Sydney, in the Pitt Street Dlumière Esthétique centre.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure involves 2 stages. The initial stage is numbing and softening of the fat using the tumescent technique by filling the area up with the fluid, the fat is softened, numbed, and blood vessels are closed. In the 22 years that I have been performed liposuction we have never needed to give a patient a blood transfusion or fluid as the method of tumescent makes this so safe.
Discover Tumescent Liposuction Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Tumescent Liposuction procedures. Stomachs often have a bulge which can be removed and a more athletic appearance can be developed both in women by having the grooves along the side and in men by having the 6-pack appearance.
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One would expect to see results often almost immediately and certainly once the swelling has gone down. Sometimes there is some deep bruising or fibrosis which may take a few months until one sees the final results. Patients can often notice results on their arms when they hold their arms up like a traffic policeman, the fat which would previously be sagging down below the arms and now the skin goes straight across. Liposuction of the neck, once the fat is removed, will change the angle of the neck to almost a 90 degree line from the neck up to below the jaw.
A common area of doing liposuction is the hips which can dramatically change a person’s shape in clothes. Men have the so called large hips whilst women have the saddle bags which tend to cause fat more on the outer thighs. When performing the outer thighs, I would also remove fat from the outer buttocks. In some patients fat is actually injected into the buttocks to give more curvature to that area. Tumescent liposuction procedure is often performed on the calves and ankles for shaping and vere commonly on the inner thighs and in the knees. Another area where liposuction is performed is the back which will help with the rolls that are often seen under the bra strap.
The majority of patients could get back to ordinary duties after a couple of days but generally we recommend one week off of work and 2 weeks of avoiding exercise.
In some patients with large amount of fat and loose skin of the stomach, they would have to look at a tummy tuck. There are non-surgical procedures that we offer including the Vela, the freeze, and the ultra shape. These are all devices aimed at breaking down fat cells either with ultrasound oar radiofrequency. They can help in smaller cases. We more recently have been using our freeze device to freeze the fat. Unfortunately, all these devices are limited in how much they can remove.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed using a suction device attached to a tiny cannula which is passed through the skin through a small nick.
Commonly asked questions
The most commonly asked question that I get is: “Will I have loose skin?” I have addressed that under the myth section and the answer is very often no.
Points to note
Not all Tumescent liposuction procedure are the same. Every surgeon does not perform the same method and there are different ways to perform liposuction. It is almost like choosing a car.
What’s the most important factor in getting a good result?
It is really not related to the method or the devices but rather the surgeon. Liposculpture is a procedure that is totally dependent on the skill and experience of the surgeon. It involves the surgeon assessing at every moment how much fat has been removed and from where the fat is coming. This is what determines the ultimate results.
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