Key Words: tumescent liposuction
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Tumescent Liposuction - How Much Fluid Could You Take?
The most common type of liposuction is the Fluid Injection Procedure or the Tumescent Liposuction. Although this kind of method generally takes more time compared to the other types of liposuction, it remains the most frequently used procedure. In this process, a fluid solution is injected in through the body to aid the removal of the excess fat accumulation. The fluid that is injected into the body consists of a medicated mixture of local anesthesia, a blood vessel-contracting drug, adrenaline, and a natural saline solution or intravenous IV salt solution. The patient may then need to realize that his body will take in a vast amount of fluid during the operation. Even though the amount of fluid to be injected could as well reach up to three times more than the portion of the fats to be removed, the liposuction area would have to need the solution to accomplish the operation.
The local anesthetic or the lidocaine would aid by numbing the area both during and after the surgery. A general anesthesia may no longer be required specifically if the mass to be removed is only relatively small. On the other hand, the epinephrine, a drug used to contract blood vessels, is considered necessary in order to lessen the appearance of bruising and swelling that normally goes with the surgery. Finally, the IV salt solution needs to be absorbed by the body's fat cells so that the suctioning may be a lot easier, convenient, and effective. Intravenous sedation may also be administered in the tumescent liposuction for a 'twilight effect' to reduce the discomfort experienced by the patient during the initial injection of fluid and during the removal phase. Patients may also frequently ask for a mild sedative and Tylenol with Codein after the surgery. Another key factor in the tumescent liposuction is to keep the cannula or suction tubes small to create unwanted damage to the regions surrounding the suction area.
A technique that is closely resembles the Tumescent liposuction is the so-called 'Wet procedure'. The Wet Procedure also revolves around the injection of fluid but its difference with the tumescent liposuction method is that the body would significantly take in a lesser amount of fluid (though its name implies the opposite), which is only equal to the volume of the fats to be removed. This technique also takes a shorter time to complete (the shortest duration among the other procedures). The patient though would need to be administered a general anesthesia instead of just the local lidocaine.
Always, the choice between the two methods lies with the patient's personal preferences and discretions.