Learn More About Fat Removal at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan
There are several liposuction and liposuction-related options available at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan. Liposuction that involves the tumescent technique is frequently asked about by patients looking to eliminate stubborn fat, since the term “tumescent” is commonly used, but perhaps not fully understood.
Simply put, tumescent means “swollen”. When used in relation to liposuction, the word refers to the fact that a solution injected into target areas causes the fat to swell and become very firm. This has two major advantages: It acts as an anesthetic and preserves a great amount of the patient’s blood, which would otherwise be lost.
How Does Tumescent Liposuction Work at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan?
To create a state of tumescence, Dr. Pramit Malhotra will inject a patient’s fat with a diluted mix of two chemicals: lidocaine and epinephrine.
Lidocaine is an anesthetic that produces numbness in a specific area. When used in tumescent liposuction, it’s so effective, it can eliminate the need for a general anesthetic or IV sedation.
Epinephrine is a hormone that works to constrict capillaries, which means there is very little blood loss. Liposuction used to require the use of transfusions, as a great deal of blood was lost during the surgical procedure. With the introduction of epinephrine, the amount of blood lost during tumescent liposuction is roughly the equivalent of that drawn during routine blood tests for lab work.
What Are Other Benefits to Tumescent Liposuction?
Due to the vastly reduced blood loss, post-liposuction bruising is also reduced with the tumescent technique. Since bruises are caused by red blood cells collecting under the skin, a lack of blood flowing freely in the targeted area keeps the telltale purple marks to a minimum. This is aided by the fact that the method’s small incisions generally remain open for a few days after the procedure, allowing fluid to drain from where it would otherwise collect and pool.
Those small incisions represent another benefit to this type of liposuction, as they result in only small scars left behind. Dr. Pramit Malhotra at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan encourages patients to further minimize the long-term signs of having had liposuction by seeking out asymmetric incisions. Since the resulting scars can create a noticeable line if made symmetrically, offsetting them so as not to appear as a mirror image can effectively hide the incision marks in plain sight.
Yet another benefit of tumescent liposuction is the fact that the localized anesthetic’s effects eliminate the need for general anesthetics and their related risk factors. This also reduces other complications that can lead to longer recovery times. In fact, tumescent liposuction maximizes cosmetic results while minimizing down time after the operation.
What Are Alternatives to Tumescent Liposuction in Michigan?
Remember that liposuction accomplishes something different than a tummy tuck. The former is a fat-removal surgery; the latter is primarily intended to address the problem of loose and sagging skin in the belly area.
The two procedures can be combined into a Powertuck, which Dr. Pramit Malhotra makes available at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan. Putting the two together pairs their aesthetic benefits without requiring two separate surgeries and recovery periods.