Did you know liposuction was first introduced in France in the 1920s? Most people only started hearing about it in the 1980s though – the decade when it really took off. Today tumescent liposuction is favored over traditional liposuction because it’s safer and allows for better results.

Tumescent liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure and requires only local anesthesia. It’s less traumatizing to the body because miniaturized instruments – or micro cannulas – are used to extract fat deposits. Virtually every area where fat tends to accumulate can be treated – from lower body zones like the inner and outer thighs, abdomen and hips to upper body regions like the arms and even double chins.

During the procedure, a large amount of an anesthetic solution containing lidocaine and capillary-shrinking epinephrine is injected into subcutaneous fat. The word tumescent means swollen and firm which is exactly what happens to the targeted areas once they are injected with the solution. The swelling and firmness makes it easier for a surgeon to contour an area, and temporarily shrunken blood vessels greatly reduce blood loss. This, along with the use of miniaturized instruments, means there’s less bruising, too. Patients typically experience less pain during and after the procedure as well.

Tumescent liposuction is sometimes referred to as liposculpture which is appropriate because a much more refined result is possible than with conventional liposuction. Since a patient can stand or kneel during tumescent liposuction, the figure can be sculpted more evenly and skillfully to create a superior result. At Contour, we specialize in liposculpture, aiming to provide patients with a more shapely and slimmer physique.

At the time of their liposuction, some patients opt for a lipotransfer. What’s that? Well, the fatty deposits you lament, say, on your hips, might look great elsewhere! The fat removed during a procedure can be used immediately or even saved for a later time to fill in fine lines on your face, enhance lips or to fill in thin vein-covered hands. One area’s discard is another area’s treasure! And although liposuction won’t eliminate the lumpy, bumpy look of cellulite altogether, it may well improve its overall appearance.

The average length of a tumescent liposuction procedure is three to four hours and patients can expect to resume most normal activities within a week. The even better news is that once fat cells are gone, they’re gone. Even if a patient regains weight, fat will generally not return to treated areas. Complement the effort with a proper diet and exercise plan and your new improved physique should stick with you for a lifetime!

Did we mention tumescent liposuction is affordable? Remember, it’s an outpatient procedure requiring only local anesthesia so significant savings are achieved. Consider all the benefits of tumescent liposuction. If you’re struggling with fat pockets that don’t respond to diet or exercise and are generally less than 30 pounds overweight, it might be just the right body sculpting option for you.

* Results and your patient experience may vary