Tumescent liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a solution called tumescent anaesthetic. It’s designed to make surgical fat removal easier, while also aiming to reduce bleeding and bruising. It’s known for being effective and allowing for a quicker recovery. However, as with any surgery, it’s not without its drawbacks.

In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about tumescent liposuction and compare it to Vaser liposuction, so you can see why Vaser might be the better option for you.

What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is a technique where a special solution, called tumescent fluid, is injected into the fatty areas of your body. This fluid contains a mix of saline, local anaesthesia, and epinephrine.

How Does Tumescent Liposuction Work?

The saline helps to swell the fat cells, making them easier to remove, while the anaesthesia numbs the area to reduce pain. The epinephrine constricts blood vessels to minimise bleeding and bruising.

Once the solution has taken effect, the surgeon uses a thin tube called a cannula to gently suction out the fat. This method aims to make the procedure safer, more effective, and helps with a quicker recovery.

Ideal Candidate for Tumescent Liposuction

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight
  • Individuals with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals without life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that could impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals for body contouring
  • People with realistic expectations about the results
  • Individuals who are not significantly overweight, but have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • Those who understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and are willing to follow pre- and post-operative instructions.

Potential Risks & Side Effects of Tumescent Lipo

Common Side Effects

  • Swelling: It’s normal to experience some swelling in the treated area, but it should go down within a few weeks.
  • Bruising: Mild bruising is common and typically fades over time.
  • Discomfort: You might feel some pain or discomfort, but this can be managed with pain relief prescribed by your doctor.
  • Numbness: Temporary numbness in the treated area can happen but usually goes away on its own.
  • Fluid Drainage: Small amounts of fluid may drain from the incision sites for a few days after the procedure.

Rare But Serious Risks

  • Infection: Although rare, infections can occur and might need antibiotics to treat.
  • Blood Clots: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a rare but serious risk that needs immediate medical attention.
  • Skin Irregularities: Sometimes, the skin can appear uneven or wavy if the fat removal isn’t smooth.
  • Nerve Damage: In rare cases, there can be nerve damage, leading to prolonged numbness or changes in sensation.
  • Allergic Reactions: Though uncommon, reactions to medications or anaesthesia are possible.

What is Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is a modern fat removal technique that uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells before they are removed from the body. The ultrasound waves help to liquefy the fat, with the goal of making it simpler to suction out with less damage to surrounding tissues. This results in less bruising and swelling, potentially a quicker recovery time, and may offer smoother, more precise results. Vaser liposuction is particularly effective at targeting stubborn fat deposits that are hard to get rid of with diet and exercise alone.

Before & after stomach Vaser liposuction (6 weeks post-op)

Why Vaser Liposuction is the Better Choice

Vaser liposuction is similar to tumescent lipo, but is a more advanced and modern technique that uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells before removing them. This method is known for its effectiveness in targeting stubborn fat deposits with minimal discomfort and downtime. Vaser lipo offers several benefits that can make it a superior choice for many people.

Before and after Vaser chin lipo – 6 weeks post-op.

Vaser Vs Tumescent Lipo

Technology

  • Tumescent Liposuction: Uses a special fluid mix to numb the area, reduce bleeding, and make fat easier to remove.
  • Vaser Liposuction: Uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fat cells, making them even easier to suction out with potentially less trauma to your body.

Precision

  • Tumescent Liposuction: Ideal for removing fat but relies heavily on the surgeon’s skill.
  • Vaser Liposuction: More precise thanks to ultrasound technology, leading to smoother results and better targeting of stubborn fat areas.

Skin Tightening

  • Tumescent Liposuction: Removes fat effectively but doesn’t offer skin tightening benefits.
  • Vaser Liposuction: The ultrasound waves can help tighten the skin by stimulating collagen production, giving you firmer skin along with fat removal.

Recovery Time

  • Tumescent Liposuction: Generally a shorter recovery time than traditional liposuction, but you might still experience some swelling and bruising.
  • Vaser Liposuction: Usually offers an even quicker recovery than tumescent lipo with less swelling and bruising, so you can get back to your normal activities sooner.

In summary, while both tumescent and Vaser liposuction are effective for getting rid of stubborn fat, Vaser’s advanced technology offers extra benefits. If you’re looking for an effective way to remove those hard-to-shift fat deposits with minimal downtime, Vaser might be the better choice for you.

Before & after back and hips Vaser liposuction (6 weeks post-op)

Before & after stomach Vaser liposuction (6 weeks post-op)

Tumescent Liposuction FAQs

Is tumescent lipo better than regular lipo?

Yes, tumescent liposuction is often considered better than traditional lipo because it’s safer and more precise. The special fluid used in tumescent lipo may reduce bleeding and bruising, making the procedure less painful and recovery quicker.

How long does tumescent liposuction last?

The results of tumescent liposuction can be long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight. The fat cells removed during the procedure are gone for good, but if you gain weight, new fat cells can develop.

How much weight can you lose with tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is more about contouring your body than losing weight. You might see a small drop on the scale, but the main benefit is a more sculpted appearance in the treated areas.

How much fat can be removed with tumescent liposuction?

Typically, a safe amount is about 2 to 5 litres of fat per session. Removing too much fat at once can increase the risk of complications, so it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice on what’s safe for you.

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8 week follow up results for this patient who had vaser liposuction with @dr_mitchell_kim & @dr_kai_gebusion 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
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Surgical explanation with @dr_mitchell_kim 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

Surgery performed by:
Dr Mitchell Kim AHPRA MED0001187435
Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960
Registered Medical Practitioners
General registration.

Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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Surgical case explanation today with @dr_kai_gebusion 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

Surgery performed by:
Dr Mitchell Kim AHPRA MED0001187435
Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960
Registered Medical Practitioners
General registration.

Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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