Advantages of Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction procedure is liposuction method that involves injecting diluted local anesthetic (lidocaine is commonly used) into the fatty parts of skin. The anesthetic makes the target cells tumescent (swollen and firm). Due to increased volume, the surgeon is able to remove larger volume of fat deposits. It is performed in specific parts of the body including stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, face and neck. The major advantages of tumescent liposuction over the liposuction performed under the general anesthesia include;

No general anesthesia used.

Unlike other liposuction techniques where general anesthesia is used to induce sleep, tumescent liposuction requires only local anesthesia. Generally, anesthesia is safe, but there is a risk for complications and many people often find themselves dealing with post-operation nausea.

Because tumescent liposuction uses local anesthesia, (a special solution with anesthetic drug is administered directly into the target fatty tissues) which makes the process quite safe. The local anesthesia numbs the entire minimizing pain and discomforts even though the patient remains awake throughout the process.

Lower risk of infection.

The local anesthesia and the drug administered into the target areas have antibacterial properties that reduce the risk of infection that may take root during the procedure.

Tumescent is non-invasive technique- people who undergo this procedure expect less complications and uses less antibiotics as well as other medications after procedure.

Less bleeding, swelling and scarring after procedure.

The best part with tumescent liposuction is that patients suffer less bleeding, swelling and scarring. This is attributed to use of specialized anesthetic techniques which restricts blood flow to the target part which limits the inflammatory processes that would otherwise accompany an invasive technique.

Shorter recovery period.

As noted earlier, tumescent is non-invasive technique. The process significantly reduces tissue damaged allowing the patient to recover almost immediately. In addition, the aesthetic is administered directly to the target tissue, this does not only reduce pain during and after procedure but also hastens recovery.

Ideal candidate.

The ideal candidates for tumescent liposuction are those that are not grossly obese, have localized fat deposits, have realistic expectations and do not have noteworthy medical issues. There is no age limit, however, it is ideal procedure for individual above 14 years.

Undoubtedly, there are many advantages of tumescent liposuction; less bleeding, swelling and scarring, lower risk of infection and shorter recovery period is among them. It is also very important to inform your surgeon on any medication you are on or any other information that may affect results. Otherwise, this is the safest liposuction technique.

Jafer Joffrey


Dr. Joffrey is a board certified surgeon who has performed over 3000 cosmetic surgical procedures. He patented the Waterlipo™ procedure using the body jet liposuction system and serves as a teaching physician for Sciton Aesthetic Laser Company where he instructs physicians from across the country in laser liposuction