Tumescent liposuction, also called liposculpture, is a vast improvement over traditional liposuction. The physician “inflates” the patient’s fat with a diluted local anesthetic before he/she vacuums it out in a process called suction aspiration. This eliminates risks associated with the general anesthesia used in traditional liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction can safely remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas including the face, neck, chin, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), back, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, calves, and ankles. It also is an effective treatment for certain non-cosmetic conditions such as lipomas (benign fatty tumors), enlarged male and female breasts, and excessive underarm sweating.
Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, avoiding a costly hospital stay. Since the patient remains awake during the surgery, the dermatologic surgeon can ask him/her to change positions which leads to better sculpting of the targeted areas.