Stubborn fat can be difficult to remove with diet and exercise alone. If you’re spending an excessive amount of time in the gym or you’re starving yourself without much of a change, a liposuction can be a great help. This treatment can help you get rid of excess fat quickly and effectively.

There are various types of liposuction techniques that plastic surgeons offer. One of them is the tumescent liposuction method, which is known to target stubborn fat. Your plastic surgeon may recommend it to you if he feels it suits your medical needs and requirements.

A Treatment That Targets Subcutaneous Fat

The excess fat that you see on your stomach and abdominal region is called subcutaneous fat. This type of fat is stubborn and extremely difficult to get rid of. The ideal amount of subcutaneous fat helps protect the internal organs from damage, but too much of it can give rise to a host of health problems.

Tumescent liposuction is used to target such stubborn, difficult-to-remove fat. Here, the anesthesia used is extremely specialized and is used to target liquid fat in the body. By tumescent we mean something that is swollen or engorged. The anesthetic used here is a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine, which convert the liquid fat into a block of firm fat. The idea here is to make liposuction easier by firming up the hard-to-reach fat cells.

When the liquid fat solidifies, a small incision is made in the body and the fat is suctioned out. One of the major advantages of tumescent liposuction is that there is very little loss of blood during the procedure and as a result, the bruising is also minimal.

The lidocaine in the anesthetic acts a sedative and this numbs the area, resulting in little to no pain during the procedure. The epinephrine is used to shrink the capillaries and minimize bleeding during the surgery. The advantage of using these comppnents is that they only impact the area being operated upon and not the rest of the body.

How Will this Benefit you?

Due to the presence of lidocaine and epinephrine, patients will not need to be given intravenous sedatives or general anesthesia during the procedure. Additionally, due to minimal bleeding and bruising, the recovery period for the liposuction is reduced considerably. This will be a huge benefit, especially if you need to be back on your feet soon after the surgery.

Preparing for the Liposuction

The first thing you need to do is consult an experienced plastic surgeon. The tumescent liposuction is a specialized procedure and you may need a doctor who has extensive experience in performing the treatment.

Consulting the doctor and deciding on the extent of liposuction needed is extremely important. Talk to your surgeon and decide on the treatment that best suits your requirements.

Post-surgery Care

While the recovery time is minimal with this particular type of liposuction, you need to be aware that proper rest and care is needed to ensure there are no post-operative complications. Follow the advice of your plastic surgeon with care and ensure that you do not take any unwanted medications. This procedure offers long lasting results and is worth looking into.

Contact Our Office

If you would like to learn more about the your treatment options to get rid of stubborn fat, please contact our office today. Dr. Ryan Hoffman, an experienced double-board certified plastic surgeon, will guide you through the entire process and help you achieve the contours you desire.