Liposuction using the tumescent technique removes unwanted fat from isolated body parts that are non-responsive to diet and exercise. Using this technique is widely regarded as the safest liposuction possible as it requires only local anesthesia and allows you to remain awake and comfortable.
- What to Expect
- How it Works
- Patient Experience
What to Expect
Results of your liposuction surgery will be immediately visible, and there will be continued improvement as swelling dissipates over a week or two. Liposuction should neither be considered a solution for obesity nor a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. It is most effective for people with healthy skin tone and elasticity. In order to have the safest possible outcome, there are limits on how much fat can be removed per treatment.
Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgeries Patient Comments
I had Tumescent Lipo 2 weeks ago, I was a little nervous to have this procedure performed as I wasn’t sure the results would be exactly what I wanted. I must say I was only down for the day of surgery. I was back in the gym working out two days after, at about 50%. The procedure was a breeze I can already see a difference. I am anxious to see the end result. I would recommend this procedure to anyone who will listen. You will not regret it. Talk to Dr. H today!!! You will not believe how great you can be. Thanks Denise, Joan and the rest of the staff you are all terrific.
- P.S. This is not the only procedure I’ve had. I love this place.
- With great Appreciation, T.G.
I had liposuction done approximately five years ago–it was extremely painful. I could not do my regular routine for at least three weeks. I had a lot of areas that still had fat and [the treatment area] was lumpy. I went to Dr. Hotchandani for a consult and he suggested tumescent liposuction. I was skeptical because of my past experience, but I decided to go ahead with it. I went in on a Tuesday and back to work on Wednesday and back to regular exercise in three to four days. I am so excited about the results!! Dr. Hotchandani, his nurses, and staff were so friendly and made me feel so comfortable throughout the procedure. I would recommend it!
On June 12 I had tumescent liposuction of fat on my back under my bra and above my waist. I had wanted liposuction for several years, but was leery of general anesthesia and pain. I also wanted to wait until the surgery was safer with little down time. I am glad I waited. I was a little nervous, but the procedure went better than I could ever have imagined. I was awake the whole time. Dr. Hotchandani injected local anesthetic and I felt no pain during the procedure. Even after the procedure I only needed Tylenol for mild discomfort. I highly recommend tumescent liposuction and Dr. Hotchandani. I plan on having another area done in the future.
As a staff member of Hotchandani Laser and Vein Center, and having been in the aesthetic industry for over six years, I have full confidence in Dr. Hotchandani. After seeing successful results from tumescent liposuction performed by Dr. Hotchandani, I decided to have the procedure done myself. Dr. Hotchandani and his surgical team was warm, professional, and coached me through the entire procedure. I was in no pain what-so-ever. After one day of downtime, I was back to being a mom and employee. Two weeks post surgery, I am working out harder than ever and my clothes are fitting wonderfully!
I am extremely happy with my decision to have liposuction. I had been discouraged for a couple of years after checking with different doctors and the prices, etc. I discovered Dr. Hotchandani online while doing research on tummy tucks, etc. I called and found out that the initial consult was free, so I went. I found out that I could get the results I was looking for at a price I could afford, instead of the tummy tuck that was financially out of my reach. Dr. Hotchandani was really nice and I felt completely comfortable with him during my consult. Dr. Hotchandani was genuinely concerned that I was completely satisfied with my results, which I really appreciated. I have three kids and had the mom “pouch”. I had to buy bigger clothes just because of my stomach. No matter how much I exercised, I couldn’t get rid of it. I now have a flat stomach and feel so good about myself and my body. Buying clothes is fun and I feel great inside and out. I would recommend liposuction to anyone. I only took one day off and the pain was very minimal, so I didn’t have to worry about missing work, taking care of my kids, etc. Perfect for moms like me who are crazy-busy all of the time!
Great experience with minor pain and discomfort for about first 48 hours after procedure. Lost 25 lbs and 6 1/2 inches off the abdomen region. Clothes designated for the Goodwill and Salvation Army are fitting perfectly. Noticable results approximately 2 weeks after procedure and increased self esteem and image. Definitely worth the results.
How Does it Work?
The procedure consists of first injecting high volumes of a dilute solution of saline, lidocaine (mixed with NaHCO3 to neutralize pH), and epinephrine (shrinks capillaries to control bleeding) to numb the area and separate fat from surrounding tissue. Dr. Hotchandani then inserts a microcannula (metallic tube less than three millimeters in diameter) through small incisions and uses a suction machine to remove unwanted fat.
Liposuction takes a few hours, depending upon the size of the treatment area. There is no pain as local anesthesia is combined with oral medication for relaxation along with use of Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (laughing gas) as needed for additional comfort. Special spandex compression garments are worn post-procedure to assist in the healing process and help reduce swelling and bruising.
Most patients are able to return to office desk positions within two to three days. More physically demanding work usually can be resumed in 10-14 days. There may be some bruising and swelling that lasts for several weeks. It is important to stay out of the sun or at a minimum wear broad spectrum sunscreen post-treatment as your cannula insertion sites are healing.
What are the characteristics of a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is most effective for people with good skin tone and elasticity. Various factors will affect the outcome of liposuction and need to be assessed: skin elasticity, diet, exercise, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, heredity, and physical condition. If a patient gains weight post-procedure, the fat will be deposited in an untreated location. It is also important to set realistic expectations and be in good psychological health.
Is liposuction painful?
A local anesthetic, usually lidocaine, will be used to de-sensitize the treatment area and there will be minimal, if any, discomfort during the procedure itself. Any minor discomfort post-procedure may be remedied with over-the-counter pain medication as recommended, and narcotic pain medications are not necessary after surgery.
Does liposuction leave scars?
Incision entry points are sufficiently small that they typically do not require stitches and merely leave barely noticeable tiny puncture mark scars.
What is the recovery time I should expect?
Most patients are able to return to desk office positions within two to three days. More physically demanding work can be resumed in 10-14 days. The area treated may be tender and slightly swollen for up to two weeks after the procedure, and you will be asked to wear special spandex compression garments to assist in the healing process and help reduce swelling and bruising.
Is liposuction using the tumescent technique safe?
According to many experts, the tumescent technique of liposuction has become the new “gold standard” in liposuction because it allows the removal of large amounts of fat with minimal blood loss. Local anesthesia is widely regarded as the safest form of anesthetic with the least number of risks.
* Results and patient experience may vary.