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Tumescent liposuction is a less invasive surgical method for body contouring. The tumescent technique was developed in the 1980s by Jeff Klein, MD, a dermatologist in Southern California. His technique revolutionized liposuction and increased its safety.
Dr Gladstone performs tumescent liposuction which is performed with local anesthesia and oral sedation. Tumescent liposuction is for improving contour and shape, and is not for weight loss. Though there will be skin tightening with liposuction, many times a noninvasive skin tightening procedure will be performed following the liposuction.Dr Gladstone performs liposuction on many different parts of the body. The most common are abdomen, flanks (love handles), back (including bra bulges), upper arms, neck, outer (saddlebags) and inner thighs.
There is downtime with tumescent liposuction which may range from 3-7 days. Following the procedure, there can be bruising and swelling. For the first 24-72 horus, there may be some drainage from the small incisions. Compression garments are worn which improves the outcome. While tumescent liposuction uses small rods to remove the fat, there will still be small scars. While it is unlikely that the fat will return to the area that underwent liposuction, at least one study has shown that women who had abdominal liposuction gained one cup size. Though most patients will begin to see results soon after the decrease in the swelling and bruising, final results from liposuction may take between 4- 6 months.
*The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.