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Liposuction: New and Improved
Liposuction has undergone major improvements in the recent past, quickly launching its popularity as the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States today. Older methods though producing satisfactory results in terms of customer expectations have been left behind with what has been named, Tumescent Liposuction. Today patients can walk out of the doctor’s office immediately following their Liposuction procedure. They will not only experience minimal to no bruising but will be virtually pain free and return to work within a couple days.These patients may also begin exercising within one week of Liposuction. This is a long way from the days of vigorous poking and prodding beneath the skin layer to effectively maneuver through the fat cells during a Liposuction procedure.
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Liposuction: Benefits for the Patient

Additionally beneficial of the new and improved Liposuction procedure is its use of a local anesthesia, allowing the patient to be awake during the procedure. Traditional methods required putting the patient under general anesthesia. This alone, accounts for the dramatically higher marks in safety of the procedure and cuts the recovery time in less than half what it was with traditional Liposuction. Furthermore, the incisions made with Tumescent Liposuction are much smaller then in traditional methods, for a decreased risk of later infection and less visible permanent scarring.

Liposuction: The Procedure

What is responsible for all of these improvements in Liposuction? The use of larger cannulas in traditional Liposuction were back then most effective in extracting fat cells in a Liposuction procedure. Here the cannula or fat extraction device became a tool to maneuver through somewhat stubborn and fibrous fat cells. Today, by making not more than a 2 mm incision, doctors are able to insert a very small rod or “micro cannula” underneath the epidermis. By first injecting the fat cells with a solution (typically epinephrine) to constrict the blood cells and Lidocane to swell and numb the Liposuction treatment area, the micro cannula, is able to easily maneuver through the fat cells breaking them up and extracting them back through the small metal rod. The use of epinephrine or other solution to constrict the blood cells has a number of advantages with the most obvious being less blood loss during the procedure later offering patients a handful of advantages post procedure. Older methods of Liposuction used a much larger and rigid cannula, and as such were harder to manage, causing a considerable amount of damage to the surrounding tissue and remaining cells. These larger cannulas were also less effective at extracting fat cells evenly leaving a greater potential for unnatural and uneven shaping. Resulting from earlier Liposuction procedures became extensive bruising and longer, somewhat painful, recovery periods. Today the average patient will have a dramatic reduction in pain, if any at all, after Tumescent Liposuction, and limited bruising. In fact, patients can walk out of their doctors office immediately following their Liposuction procedure.

Liposuction: Benefits for Doctors

Lastly, and certainly not least, the greatest improvement in Liposuction affecting the popularity and view of the cosmetic industry as a whole is the dramatic improvement in safety of the new Tumescent Liposuction. Though not common, all Liposuction procedures have a certain degree of risk due to infection, and can be fatal; however, even riskier is the potential for complications under general anesthesia previously administered in traditional Liposuction. Through the use of much smaller instruments or cannulas, and the use of a local anesthesia only, this has become one of the safest cosmetic procedures today and in turn the most popular.