Stubborn fat can be quite an annoyance, and no matter how much you diet or exercise, those fat pockets stay there without budging. Indeed, you may resort to traditional liposuction, but you might have to go through a slow and painful recovery process.

This is where tumescent liposuction comes in, as a safer and much more convenient alternative, with a faster recovery. So, stay tuned because, in this blog, we will talk more about the concept of tumescent liposuction and how patients may benefit from it.

What Is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is a fat removal process that addresses the stubborn areas, reducing the recovery time. First of all, Dr. Ariel Ostad will inject a solution of lidocaine and epinephrine into the problematic area for a numbing and vasoconstricting effect.

After that, he will use a microcannula to remove the excess fat tissue from your chin, abdomen, arms, breasts, thighs or other parts of the body where you might have stubborn fat. The procedure is performed with the utmost care to minimize bleeding and injury to the muscles, reducing the time needed for recovery.

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction

According to Dr. Ariel Ostad, tumescent liposuction comes with the following benefits:

  • Lower Risk of Liposuction Complications

Tumescent liposuction is performed using a local anesthetic, which means you will not have to go under general anesthesia for the procedure, so it is much safer.

  • Faster Recovery Time

Because only local anesthesia is used, recovery is also much faster. Traditional liposuction often needs you to be admitted overnight, which can be very inconvenient if you don’t like spending time in hospitals or cannot commit to an overnight stay.

Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, which means that you don’t have to be admitted overnight. At most, you will stay an hour for observation, but that can vary from one patient to another. Normally, you should be able to go home immediately and have a good night’s rest in your own bed.

The procedure helps minimize bleeding, meaning that the recovery time is typically much faster. You may have minor bruising, pain, and swelling after tumescent liposuction, but these side effects should subside within two days. Dr. Ariel Ostad may prescribe medication to control the pain, and you should be able to return to work after two days.

  • Better for Stubborn Areas

Using microcannulas in tumescent liposuction leads to more accurate and safer fat removal compared to larger cannulas.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The best part about tumescent liposuction is that the side effects are kept at a minimum. Still, as with any other medical procedure, you might experience a series of effects. Most patients will feel discomfort in the treatment areas, especially after the anesthetic wears off. 

Moreover, when the local anesthetic is first administered, you may feel a slight burning in the injected area, but this will go away once the medication kicks in. Minimal bleeding may also appear, but it should stop shortly after. 

The Bottom Line

Tumescent liposuction can be a very efficient option for you to get rid of stubborn fat, without the side effects associated with traditional liposuction. So, if you are in relatively good shape but still have fat pockets that won’t go away, tumescent liposuction may be a good choice for you. All you have to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Ariel Ostad and he will establish if this procedure is right for you or not.

For more information about tumescent liposuction, you can contact Dr. Ariel Ostad, MD, at 212-517-7900. You can also use the provided contact form to ask a question and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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