Liposuction Techniques

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If you are considering liposuction this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind about this procedure. Thanks to modern medical innovations, having liposuctuion performed is largely safe and effective with a variety of techniques on the market today. Here, we’ll take a look at a few common techniques and the differences between them.

Dry Technique

In modern liopsuction techniques, a wetting solution is used to minimize blood loss during the procedure. This solution is generally made up of saline, epienphrine, and a local anesthetic designed to constrict blood vessels and decrease patient discomfort. When Phoenix liposuction first became a cosmetic procedure, however, the effectiveness of wetting solutions had not yet been discovered and surgeons would perform the procedure “dry.” This caused significant blood loss and bruising, in turn causing about 45% of what the surgeon suctioned out to be blood, not fat. For this reason, the dry technique has decreased in popularity as an option for modern Phoenix liposuction procedures.

Wet Techniques

There are different levels of wet techniques, but each one involves varying quantities of the wetting solution outlined above. For example, the wet technique involves the infusion of 100 to 300 mililiters of fluid into the treatment site. Thanks to the expert infusion of a wetting solution, the wet technique allows for 75 to 80% of fat removal during the suctioning process, as opposed to the 55% the dry technique provided.

The super-wet technique involves greater amounts of wetting solution, with the amount of fluid used being approximately equal to the amount of fat to be removed. With this technique, blood makes up less than 1% of what is suctioned out during Phoenix liposuction. The tumesent technique is also used, which incorporates as much as three to six times more fluid as the volume of the fat, fluid, and blood content to be removed. Proponents of this technique state that the mass amounts of fluid swell the tissues, making it easier to remove the fat, but detractors maintain that it hinders the surgeon’s sculpting ability during the surgery. Furthermore, the chance of fluid overload and anesthetic overdose is higher with this technique because higher amounts of wetting solution are employed. Talk to your surgeon to see which technique he or she recommends is best for your body and end goal.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important for you to work with a qualified and experienced Phoenix liposuction professional who has had prior experience with this procedure.


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This article was published on 2011/07/16