Tumescent Laser Liposuction

The Science

Tumescent Laser Liposuction is a way of sculpting the body that is less invasive than traditional forms of fat removal. Using injections of local anesthetic, we can work around the risks associated with general anesthesia and blood loss during surgery, doing away with the need for transfusions and shortening your recovery time.

Once properly numb, the first step involves targeting the fat using a laser to liquefy it prior to removal. The fat is then suctioned out through small incisions using microcannulas. After removing 2/3 of the volume targeted for removal, the second step involves standing the patient up for final sculpting. The third and final step begins when the patient is returned to a prone position, and another wavelength of laser is applied to the skin, tightening the tissue to accommodate the new, smaller silhouette. Following the reconstruction, the small incisions are sutured, and the patient is then wrapped in special tape to minimize the swelling.

Our Approach

One of the advantages when using lasers adjacent to the tumescent procedures is the removal of fat is less invasive with regard to blood loss. The wavelength of the laser also tightens the skin post-liposuction while reducing the post-procedure laxity.

What to Expect

Length of Procedure

As a procedure that involves local anesthesia, pre- and post-liposuction lasers, this treatment is expected to take between 2 and 3.5 hours.

Results

Immediately after removing the tape, you will see dramatic differences in contour, but it could take 3 to 6 months depending on the amount of fat, contouring, or the case’s individual characteristics.

Downtime/Aftercare

Ultimately, down time can vary from 2 days to a week depending on your body’s reaction and the size of the treatment area. In addition to the tape, patients will be fitted with a girdle that can be removed for short periods of time (showering, for example). We recommend minimal movements in the days following the procedure: patients may sit at the table and attend to their usual hygiene needs. But stairs and aerobic activity should be avoided for 3 weeks (though activity can be increased as swelling decreased).

You will be prescribed a regimen of antibiotics for at least a week, so be sure to call your doctor if you believe you are having a reaction to antibiotics. Pain medication will be given (though it is not usually required after the first 48 hours). It will take between 1 to 2 weeks for the bruising to disappear.

Number of Treatments

Only one treatment is necessary for most patients.

Our Doctors Say…

Tumescent laser liposuction is not a method of weight reduction, but of body contouring. This procedure is ideal for patients who struggle with one target area.

Dr. Patricia Wexler

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