Traditional Liposuction vs. Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction is body sculpting and fat removal at its very best.

That’s what we’re here for – to answer your questions, give you the latest information in treatment options and new technology advancements, and calm any worry.

Many of our patients come to us only having heard about traditional liposuction. So, we’ve put together a helpful chart that explains some of the main differences between traditional and tumescent liposuction..

Traditional Liposuction vs. Tumescent Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction

Anesthesia

General anesthesia, more risk. Local anesthesia, much safer.

Invasiveness

More invasive Smaller cannula, 1/16th of an inch in diameter. No stitches required and no drainage tube.

Risk

Much higher complication rate Lowest rate of complications documented in the medical literature.

Cost

Expensive. Add surgical facility and anesthesia costs. Less costly.

Pain

Immediately after surgery, pain pills are required. Also, due to stitching and drains prolonged use of pain pills is common. Often minimal. Pain pills are less common due to less trauma to the body and an absence of stitching/drain removal.

Bleeding

Significant blood loss, sometimes requiring transfusion Minimal

Recovery

Swelling: 2 weeks-2 months +
Bruising: 2 days-2 weeks
Numbness: lasts several weeks
Work: Return after 1-3 weeksExercise: Wait 4+ weeks
Final result are seen after 6-9 months
Swelling: 1-2 weeks
Bruising: 2 days-2 weeks
Numbness: lasts several weeks
Work: Return after 48 hrsExercise: Wait 1-2 weeks
Final result are seen after 1-3 months

Seeing is believing. Click here to view our tumescent liposuction photo gallery of before and after pictures.

Contact us and ask us more about tumescent liposuction – we’ll help you decide if it is the right choice for you.