The Different Liposuction Techniques
Quite a number of techniques can be employed when performing a liposuction procedure.
- Classical techniques
The Classical techniques were once popular techniques that are no longer in use nowadays.
The wet technique is an example of a classical technique that made use of general anesthesia. Before the surgery, about 100 milliliters of local anesthesia is injected into the patient’s body. Thereafter, a cannula or a narrow tube is inserted and used to suck the fat deposits lying below the skin.
This is achieved by pushing and pulling the narrow tube through the fats underneath the skin. The fats cells are immediately broken down, therefore making way for the cannula to suction them out. Blood lost during the wet procedure is less compared to the dry technique but both procedures are still considered dangerous. Blood contained in the tissue removed during the wet technique is about 15-20%. For this reason the wet technique has been abandoned and remains unused.
- Modern techniques
Tumescent /Super Wet Technique / Classic Tumescent
The Tumescent technique involves the injection of large amounts of extremely dilute lidocaine and epinephrine drugs into the subcutaneous fat tissues. The procedure is standard and popular. It requires a general anesthesia. The doctor administers a great amount of diluted lidocaine such that the target tissue actually turns into a tumescent (firm and swollen). The tumescent technique is best known for its ability to minimize the amount of blood loss during the operation.
- There is less blood loss.
- The technique also results in less pain
- Reduced uneven skin surface after the surgery
Pre liposuction consultation
At this point the patient has to decide the amount of fat to be removed and from what part of their body. This fat is then used to restructure another area of the body that requires reshaping.
The patients must stay informed about the various kinds of incisions required after treatment. These incisions are:
Thigh: the incision is made on the inner thigh
Abdomen: the incision is made near the groin