Tumescent solution is also referred to as the “Klein’s Solution”, and was named after the doctor who came up with the recipe. The term tumescent is used to describe it since it makes things swollen. The Klein’s solution is made up of epinephrine, lidocaine, and sodium bicarbonate and it’s injected into the subcutaneous tissues during the liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction is believed to be the most effective and safe form of liposuction both by patients and cosmetic surgeons. Local anesthetic use not only reduces pain after and during the surgery, but also reduces swelling, skin irregularities, and bleeding, making the whole procedure to run smoothly.
The Tumescent Liposuction Preparation
This type of liposuction has gained a lot of fame in the recent past mostly because it eliminated some side effects that were previously linked with liposuction.
If you are thinking about this liposuction, the first thing you will have to do is to meet with a plastic surgeon and determine the best approach for you as per your personal goals. The surgeon will then examine you and make a decision on the areas that will need to be contoured. They will then take photos for before and after the process.
In order to reduce the chances of developing complications and other medical related risks, the doctor will ask you a couple of question. The questions may involve previous surgeries, medications, past health issues, as well as herbal and nutritional supplements that you are currently taking.
If you finally make up your mind, the doctor will give you various instructions to follow before the tumescent lipo. He will definitely ask you to stop taking any medications you may have been taking previously.
Other important instructions may include:
- To stop smoking if you currently do, at least for two weeks as this can hinder the healing process.
- Avoid shaving in order to reduce ingrown hairs close to the parts that will be contoured.
- Finally, do not eat or drink before the midnight of this surgery.
The tumescent solution will directly be injected directly into the areas with fat deposits. This solution fills the skin layer, making the tissues to become firmer in order to allow the surgeon to have better control. The solution also reduces blood loss by temporarily making the blood vessels to shrink during the procedure. The solution is also known for reducing pain, swelling, and bruising after surgery.
The anesthetic liquid injected into your targeted fatty tissues can last for up to 24 hours after the surgery. This is very important as it greatly reduces the post-operative pain. Once this injection is out, the patient can feel uncomfortable but this can be managed with a painkiller.
Unless there are complications, a majority of the patients are able to function without grogginess and nausea. You can walk almost immediately after the procedure as it also enhances the healing process. Feel free to go back to your normal activities such as exercises seven days after the procedure.
Tumescent Solution Risks
Just like in other types of liposuctions, complications are also likely to occur in tumescent liposuction. Tumescent lipo poses two major risks, fluid accumulation, and lidocaine toxicity. Lidocaine toxicity happens when lidocaine amount in the solution is high, making it hard for the body to metabolize the drug adequately. Fluid accumulation arises when too much of this solution is injected into the area of treatment, thereby accumulating the lungs.
Other risks involved may include numbness, skin irregularity, lumpiness, dimpling, infections, loose skin, and scarring. Although this can easily be corrected, the chances of them occurring can greatly be reduced by looking for qualified plastic surgeon.