Tumescent Liposuction vs Traditional Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction vs Traditional Liposuction

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered why despite all of the clean eating & exercising that you have done, how it is possible that you are still staring at the same pudgy spot on your body that you had when you started this health regime?

Contrary to popular belief, you are not alone! Hundreds of people across the nation are faced with the same problem. For women, it is that post baby pooch that doesn’t go away, and for men it is often the belly or love handles still remain intact despite rigorous workouts. The good news is thanks to new technology there are options to rid yourself of these problem areas.

If you are like most, you have spent the better part of your summer limiting yourself from pool days, or avoiding the beach vacations, opting for the trip to Colorado instead, just so you don’t have to walk around in a bathing suit! Often times wishing for a magic solution to banish that unwanted area of fat away for good!

Rest assured, there may be a magic solution for you! This solution is called Tumescent Liposuction. Though it sounds an awful lot like traditional liposuction, there are some differences between the two that make Tumescent Liposuction shine among its seasoned counterpart, check it out!

Tumescent LiposuctionTraditional Liposuction
AnesthesiaLocal anesthesia, much saferGeneral anesthesia, more risk
InvasivenessSmaller cannula, 1/16th of an inch in diameter. No stitches required and no drain tubeMore invasive
RiskLowest rate of complications documented in medical literatureMuch higher complication rate
CostLess costlyMore expensive, due to medical facility and anesthesia
PainOften minimal. Pain pills are less common due to less trauma in the body and an absence of stitching/drain removalImmediately after surgery, pain pills are required. Also, due to stitching and drains prolonged use of pain pills is common


Significant blood loss, sometimes requires transfusion
RecoverySwelling: 1-2 weeks

Burning: 2 days- 2 weeks

Numbness: lasts several weeks

Work: Return after 48 hours

Exercise: Wait 1-2 weeks

Final result seen after 1-2 months

Swelling: 2 weeks – 2 months

Burning: 2 days- 2 weeks

Numbness: lasts several weeks

Work: Return after 1-3 weeks

Exercise: Wait 4+ weeks

Final result seen after 6-9 months

Trim your waistline, improve your body proportions and wear that swimsuit with confidence this summer by shedding unwanted pounds for good. The Tumescent Liposuction surgical procedure is the safest way to achieve your physical goals, in conjunction with diet and exercise.

Derma Health Skin & Laser has one of the top Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. William E. Shuell on staff. Dr Shuell is an experienced cosmetic surgeon with significant experience in traditional liposuction procedures, as well as the newest, advanced techniques performed by way of tumescent liposculpting.

He understands that no two patients are alike, and will work closely with you to provide individualized recommendations and procedures that fit you and your unique needs.
Dr. Shuell graduated from the New York Medical College and completed residencies at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and the University Hospital at Stony Brook in New York.
His postgraduate training includes Klein Tumescent Liposuction Training in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for tumescent liposuction surgery; Cosmetic Surgery of Philadelphia for advanced techniques in liposuction; The Body Sculpting Center in Scottsdale, AZ for general cosmetic surgery; and The Pittsburgh Cosmetic Surgery Center for face lift procedure training.