Woman who has undergone tumescent liposuction

What is the Tumescent Lipo Solution and What’s the Difference?

Tumescent Liposuction treatments have grown in popularity as new improvements in the procedure continue to be made to offer patients traditional liposuction effects without extensive surgery. Tumescent lipo uses a local anesthetic instead of a general anesthetic which allows patients a much quicker recovery and the ability to return to their normal activities much sooner. Tumescent liposuction results are also oftentimes much more obvious!

Typical liposuction procedures are more invasive and come with a much higher risk of complication whereas tumescent lipo uses a smaller cannula of only 1/116th of an inch in diameter, with no need for stitches or a draining tube post-treatment. Tumescent procedures are the least complicated liposuction treatments available today and are also much less costly than the added surgical facility and anesthesia costs of traditional liposuction procedures.

Those undergoing traditional liposuction can expect to take strong pain medication directly following their surgery while dealing with drains and stitches which can add to their discomfort. Because the tumescent liposuction is much less invasive, pain pills are not as common and no drains are required for ridding the body of extra fluids.

When it comes to traditional liposuction, patients can expect to lose significant blood as a serious surgery is required to perform the procedure but with tumescent liposuction the blood loss is minimal.

Healing Times

Healing times differences between tumescent lipo and traditional lipo methods is significant. Those undergoing traditional treatment can expect the swelling to last anywhere from 2 weeks up to 2 months following surgery with bruising and numbness lasting for several weeks. Tumescent patients may notice swelling for a couple of weeks at most though bruising and numbness will still last for up to several weeks. Traditional liposuction patients can expect to refrain from work for up to 3 weeks following their procedure whereas patients undergoing the tumescent solution are generally able to return to work within 2 days.

One of the most appreciated differences in traditional liposuction vs. Tumescent liposuction is the difference in how quickly patients are able to see results. Traditional liposuction patients may not see full results of their liposuction for 6 to 9 months while Tumescent patients can expect to see optimal results within 1 to 3 months.

Tumescent Liposuction at the Skin and Vein Center

Those who are considering a liposuction treatment to improve their appearance and self-confidence are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with the Skin and Vein center to discuss how the tumescent solution can create the results they’re hoping to achieve long-term with minimal recovery and complications. Visit Skin and Vein Center for more information about our other cosmetic procedures!


*Individual Results May Vary