Our Overland Park plastic surgery team is proud to perform a method of body slimming called tumescent liposuction that targets localized concentrations of fat to remove them and produce a slimmer body shape.

  • Removes targeted areas of fat
  • Provides a more slender silhouette
  • Can be performed on a variety of areas
  • Not a weight loss method

What is the tumescent technique?

Tumescent liposuction is a popular procedure to remove areas of stubborn, concentrated fat and can be performed in many areas, such as the abdomen, arms, buttocks, neck, thighs, flanks or back.

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the U.S. While tumescent technique is the gold standard in plastic surgery, there are several different technique variations. Nearly 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the US in 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

If you have persistent pockets of fat that cannot be removed with diet and exercise, you may be an ideal candidate for tumescent liposuction. You should be at a stable, healthy weight and not be obese, as liposuction is not a method of weight loss.

For men, liposuction can be used to remove fat from the chest or abdomen.

Treatable areas with liposuction include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tummy
  • Calves
  • Thighs
  • Chest
  • Flanks
  • Chin
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Back

How does tumescent liposuction work?

Liposuction takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours to perform, depending on the location and amount of fat to be removed, and may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s office, an outpatient center or a hospital. For smaller procedures, you may receive a local anesthetic, but larger removals may necessitate a general anesthetic.

When beginning, your plastic surgeon will make small incisions in specific areas for fat removal. The tumescent solution, which also contains an anesthetic, then infiltrates the fat, firming it and making it easier to remove. Once the solution has been administered, your plastic surgeon will use a small tube called a cannula and insert it through the incisions to dislodge and suction out the fat. Any fluids lost during the procedure will be replenished with intravenous fluids.

What can I expect after tumescent liposuction?

You should expect to wear compression garments for up to 3 weeks following the procedure, as well as a drainage tube to collect any fluid build-up for the first 2 days. Any discomfort may be managed with medication, but numbness, burning and swelling are common. Shortly after the procedure, you will be advised to walk. Fat will not return to the treated area, but you should maintain a healthy lifestyle for the best result.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with liposuction. Possible complications vary depending on the extent of the procedure, but may include infection, lidocaine toxicity, poor cosmetic result, clotting or friction burns. Ask your Kansas City plastic surgeon for more information if you are concerned about these risks.

To learn more about slimming down the body with tumescent liposuction, please contact us.

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