Tumescent liposuction is a technique propounded by Dr. Jeffrey Klein (www.kleinlipo.com) that involves injecting large volumes of dilute local anaesthetic to the areas being treated. This causes firmness or a type of swelling in the area also known as Tumescence (hence the name). Dr. Gupta is one of the few doctors in the UK who has been trained personally by Dr. Klein in mastering this technique. One of the benefits of this technique is the elimination of the need for pain medication after the procedure as the effect of the local anaesthetic lasts for many hours.
Minimal or NO blood Loss during Tumescent Liposuction
Blood loss during Tumescent liposuction is as minimal as what is taken for a routine pre-op lab study – 15-30 ml of blood, approximately 1-2 tablespoons. Prior to Tumescent liposuction, one of the main risks associated with liposuction was excessive blood loss and patients were, in fact, required to donate their own blood before the operation in case there was a need for a blood transfusion post operatively. The emergence of Tumescent liposuction has now done away with the need for blood donations and blood transfusions.
The use of open drainage post operation minimises bruising as the incisions made are so small that they do not require suturing. Furthermore, as the residual blood drains out over 2-3 days by not sealing the incisions it reduces bruising and swelling and in fact hastens the healing process. Also, as there is hardly any blood that remains under the skin with Tumescent liposuction, bruising is minimal.
Why choose Tumescent Liposuction- MICROLIPO?
The answer is simple,
Tumescent liposuction, when done correctly and in the right quantity is the safest form of liposuction. This is because the Tumescent anaesthetic solution shrinks the capillaries reducing surgical blood loss. Complications or recorded deaths using this form of liposuction through local anaesthetic have been negligible.
The cosmetic results are better, smoother skin. Tumescent liposuction uses micro cannulas (cannulae that have a very small diameter – less than 2.3 millimetres.) Unlike traditional liposuction where the cannula diameter is greater than 6 millimetres, Dr. Gupta’s micro cannulae remove the fat in a slower but more uniformed approach. This results in a smoother finish.
Quicker healing after Tumescent liposuction. There is usually some amount of blood-tinged local anaesthetic solution that remains under the skin after the surgery. This can either be left to be absorbed into the bloodstream (which could take several weeks) or it can be drained out through skin incisions or absorption pads. Using the draining method quickens the healing process and reduces post-operative swelling and bruising. There are 4 primary methods to achieve this a) leave the incision sites open without suturing b) place adits (1.5mm tiny holes) in the skin to encourage draining, c) use absorptive pads on the skin and b) wear compression garments to encourage drainage.
Deaths associated with Tumescent liposuction
There have been no reported deaths associated with the administration of local anaesthesia using the Tumescent technique. Any deaths connected to liposuction have been as a result of several unrelated surgeries being undertaken on the same day, for example, a facelift, breast augmentation and a hysterectomy; having too much fat removed or having too many areas treated on the same day and the effects of general anaesthesia or IV sedation.