California dermatologist, Dr. Jeffery A. Klein, M.D., revolutionized liposuction surgery making it safer when he introduced the tumescent technique in 1986 to the medical field. His profound findings were published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery the very next year. He has since written over 35 professional publications in his field, including the key authority book, The Tumescent Technique, published in 2000.
Dr. Klein found that by using round, skin-biopsy punches he could make small holes in the skin that he could insert a stainless steel tube, called a cannula, through and directly into the subcutaneous fat. A trained board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Esmailian, could then inject volumes of a solution mixture of a local anesthetic (like lidocaine) and a drug (like epinephrine) that constricts capillaries, or very small blood vessels, into the subcutaneous fat making the targeted area swollen and optimized for liposculpture. This is the part of the lipo procedure that requires trained, skilled hands of a cosmetic artist as they select the areas and remove fat to leave behind a smoother, more beautiful tummy, buttock, thigh, or other targeted area.
The Tumescent Liposuction Technique
Tumescent means swollen, in this case from the injected solution hence the name for the technique. The local anesthetic in the solution is so powerful that it decreases the postoperative discomfort. Therefore, after this surgery some soreness is normal but in general the pain is greatly diminished with the use of the tumescent solution which contains lidocaine.
Minimal Blood Loss
Epinephrine minimizes blood loss from the fat removal by reducing the amount of blood able to pass through the shrunken capillaries in that area. The technique is so effective and precise that it minimizes blood loss to about the amount you give during pre-op lab work! This means no more giving blood in the weeks prior to your liposuction surgery, making the process that much more comfortable.
Minimally Invasive Lipo
The incision sites are so small they usually require one suture to close. The access site does drain the little remaining blood and solution remaining from the procedure. The ability to effectively drain fluid after lipo surgery reduces bruising, pain, tenderness, and swelling. This leaves the patient far more comfortable post-op as well as greatly reduces recovery time and post-op bruising from liposuction.
Tumescent Liposuction Recovery
With the precision of the liposculpture technique, lack of scarring from small incision sites, and the quick comfortable recovery time, patients are extremely satisfied with the excellent results and a far more comfortable experience. Thanks to its safety and many benefits, the tumescent technique has become the worldwide standard of care for liposuction procedures.
Tumescent Lipo Specialist Serving Orange County
Double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Esmailian, is a tumescent lipo specialist providing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery services to patients from his Los Alamitos office location. Request a free consultation to discuss your goals and see if tumescent liposuction is right for you. Liposuction is more affordable that you think and cosmetic financing is available.