Dr. William E. Shuell, M.D.
Rated #1 Cosmetic Surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona
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What is tumescent liposuction?
This FDA-approved, outpatient liposuction procedure eliminates your stubborn, unwanted fat in about two hours, and sculpts your body for dramatic, smooth results.
Liposuction is a very personal decision. We understand you’ll have some questions and will be interested in the latest information and facts about this treatment. We also understand you may be a little fearful.
You’ve come to the right place. Here are a few facts about this highly effective procedure and how may be of benefit to you.
Why tumescent liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. It is clinically proven to be safer and more effective than traditional liposuction. Leading our team is Dr. William E. Shuell, M.D, double board certified and one of the best in the business.
He and our staff will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and safe before, during and after your liposuction treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
You should be in good health and free of medical conditions such as diabetes, untreated high blood pressure, significant heart disease or blood clotting disorders.
How does fat form?
Fat is formed naturally and genetically. The amount of fat deposits you have and the location of these cells are typically inherited from our parents. We also acquire excess fat from diet, leading a sedentary lifestyle, the natural aging process, pregnancies and other lifestyle factors.
Liposuction eliminates unwanted fat. You can also use this fat to your advantage to shape, enhance and contour other areas of your body, such as your buttocks and breasts.
What can I expect during my procedure?
You will receive some medication before the procedure that will allow you to relax. Your physician then will slowly inject a numbing solution into the areas of excess fat that are to be removed. Finally, a thin hollow rod of stainless steel–known as a cannula–will be used to remove the now numbed fat and reshape your body.
Will I need sutures?
Dr. Shuell may choose to place fine absorbable sutures to close wounds that he deems non-essential to healing. This results in a finer, nearly invisible scar. Dr. Shuell reserves these sutures for skin regions that might otherwise be difficult to conceal, such as the tiny “access points” for your liposuction.
Why should I work with Dr. Shuell?
Dr. Shuell is one of only four physicians nationwide who is Double Board-Certified as a specialist in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This unique combination has given Dr. Shuell a deep understanding of the fatty tissues of a woman’s body, of the need to restore proper proportion, symmetry and balance–and to be certain the areas being lipo-contoured will result in a pleasing and natural appearance.
Can liposuction be used to reduce my breast size?
Dr. Shuell’s liposuction is an outstanding alternative to a typical “reduction mammaplasty” that involves major surgery, with significant recovery time, discomfort, scarring and cost. Dr. Shuell’s “Scarless Breast Reduction” is a way to reduce the size, volume and weight of the breasts of a woman of any age, though it is ideal for the young woman with unusually large breasts or the woman with excessive volume that has developed over time.
The breasts will retain their rounded shape and contour and the skin typically retracts nicely around the reduced breast tissues. The breasts, now free of excess fatty weight, typically rise to a more normal position, becoming “perkier.” And, because only the fat is removed, sparing the glandular milk-producing architecture of the breasts, nursing is unaffected.
After tumescent liposuction, when may I resume normal activities?
All regular day-to-day activities may be resumed almost immediately. With the exception of impact exercise–such as jogging and contact sports. You may walk, fast-walk, use free and fixed weights and stretch the day after your procedure. Unlike other forms of surgery, liposuction allows you to get back to normal as soon as you wish. Patients should wait seven days before swimming.
The limiting guideline is likely to be soreness; your body heals itself over time. The soreness typically is most obvious for the first three to seven days. Analgesics (pain killers) are prescribed, but often just two Advil, Aleve or other mild anti-inflammatory medications are needed to provide relief and allow you to stay active.
What is the difference I’ll experience with tumescent liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is the gold standard for body sculpting and fat removal, and the results greatly outmatch other types of fat removal procedures, such as traditional liposuction. This treatment provides optimum safety for our patients in the state of Arizona and surrounding areas.
This two-hour, outpatient procedure gives you immediate results in a single treatment.
Why is tumescent liposuction a better technique?
Tumescent Liposuction vs. Traditional Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting
With Tumescent Liposuction, your results will be precise like those with traditional liposuction. The difference is the treatment is minimally invasive, which increases safety and reduces the potential for complications. CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive procedure that also eliminates unwanted fat. The difference is, CoolSculpting typically requires multiple treatments in to achieve desired results.
Before the tumescent liposuction technique was available, much larger incisions had to be made in fatty areas for the insertion of long traditional liposuction cannulas. The cannulas that were inserted through the skin were typically quite large, compared to the small cannula size options used in tumescent liposuction.
The traditional technique typically requires general anesthesia, causing a longer recovery time and increased risk of blood loss or reaction to anesthesia. This makes tumescent liposuction one of the most precise and safe procedures in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, reducing your complications from anesthesia and fluid loss.
Bottom line – tumescent liposuction is safer and provides you with better, immediate results.
Is tumescent liposuction right for me?
We make it our mission to ensure you feel comfortable, safe and well taken care during your Derma Health experience in our Phoenix, AZ clinics. You and your health are our priority!
Contact us and ask us more about tumescent liposuction – we’ll help you decide if it is the right choice for you. All consultations are free with no obligation.