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Facts About Tumescent Liposuction

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, liposuction is also performed using the tumescent liposuction technique, either with or without the use of laser. With the tumescent method, the area is prepared for liposuction by injecting tumescent fluid, or a sterile water based solution mixed with local anesthetic, into the area to be treated.

This helps to expand the fat cells and localized tissues to prepare it for optimal fat removal. When the fatty tissue is expanded, it becomes easier for the fat to be removed using the suction tube.

This liposuction procedure is minimally invasive, with only a few tiny incisions being made to the area in which the fat is being removed. Once the area is fully prepared and numbed, the surgeon inserts the liposuction tool with breaks up the fat in solid particles as it also sucks the particles away using suction.

The tumescent method is safer than conventional liposuction (which we do not perform) because it does not require the use of general anesthesia. This is why we much prefer the tumescent method for our liposuction Long Island and NYC patients.

This reduces the risk to our patients as well as eliminating the high costs associated with being under general anesthesia. The tumescent solution helps to constrict the blood vessels in the fatty layer, minimizing blood loss.

Each area takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to sculpt and can take from 2-3 hours depending upon how many areas are to be treated. The incisions do not require any stitches to close because they are so small.

Thinking About SmartLipo in NYC or Long Island?

We much prefer the laser method of liposuction (and so do our New York patients, it seems!) because of the many advantages it has over standard tumescent liposuction. The preparation part of the laser liposuction procedure is the same as with the tumescent method; the sterile water based solution and local anesthetic are injected into the treatment area to expand the fat cells and completely numb the area. However, this is where the procedure differs greatly.

With our skilled surgeons, the laser is the actual tool used to sculpt the body. The laser fiber is inserted into the treatment area via a tiny incision in the skin. Once the laser is activated, its high energy light beam targets only the fat cells – completely destroying them on contact and liquefying them.

The laser accomplishes this through the gentle heat that it creates when the beam is activated. Further, the laser beam is able to target only the fat because the heat melts it away and does not require the surgeon to come in physical contact with blood vessels and nerves in the area.

This means that our NYC and liposuction Long Island patients experience less blood loss during the procedure and benefit from minimal bruising and discomfort afterward. Healing times with our unique laser liposuction are also greatly reduced because of these benefits.

Give us a call today at 212.206.0023 (consultation for SmartLipo in NYC) or 631.499.1831 in Long Island!

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