What Technique Will the Surgeon Use to Perform the Liposuction?
The most common liposuction technique used by plastic surgeons is the ‘tumescent’ technique, which includes the surgeon injecting a considerable amount of fluids into the area of the body, which has been targeted for liposuction to be performed. These fluids are composed of saline, numbing medicine and a waking constrictor called adrenaline. The objective behind using such solutions is to minimize bleeding and its resulting complications, as well as to reduce post operative pain. By this method plastic surgeons have also found they can hope to achieve optimal results for their patients. The tumescent technique was made famous by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein and has the advantage of being recognized as the process that can also offer the quickest recovery together with the most aesthetic outcomes.
Following the injection of the fluids, a cannula, which is a long flexible metal tube attached to a suction machine, is inserted through tiny incisions into the relevant areas of the body. Then the fatty cells and fat pockets are literally sucked out through this process of vacuuming.
While the tumescent technique is the most popular and commonly used method to perform a liposuction procedure, newer technologies have also been introduced. These include ultrasound and laser techniques. Even though the ultrasound technique is not popular among plastic surgeons due to a higher rate of complications, the laser technique has been welcomed with optimism. Another recent technological addition is power-assisted liposuction, where a machine helps the surgeon suck out the fat in the relevant areas of the body.
Overall, for the majority of cosmetic surgeons, the traditional tumescent liposuction technique is the gold standard.
The most common areas of the body for liposuction include the abdomen, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, hips, neck, and face. Liposuction is safe when performed in the right environment and handled by experienced professionals.
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