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Liposuction vs. Tumescent Liposuction: Which One is Better?

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Mon 12/19/2016 - 19:10

It’s a sad fact that some body fat is just difficult to eliminate. You’ve already spent hours in the gym just to burn off calories. You’ve stopped eating your favorite calorie-laden food just so you wouldn’t stray away from your strict diet. Yet, that fatty deposit on your waist, hips or thighs just wouldn’t go away. It’s frustrating, right?

The good news is, you don’t have to feel defeated. Thanks to modern technology, you can request liposuction from Dr. Michael Fasching to remove stubborn fat. Liposuction is a procedure that works by suctioning fat out of our body.

When you visit Dr. Fasching for a consultation, you are probably going to discuss two liposuction techniques, a traditional liposuction or a tumescent liposuction. Both have the same objective, which is fat reduction, but differ in procedure in many ways.

Liposuction vs. Tumescent Liposuction

 LiposuctionTumescent Liposuction
Target AreasSculpts the body by removing stubborn fat in the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs and knees.Removes hard-to-remove fat in different areas of the body, but can suction fat with precision.
ProcedureA cannula is inserted via a tiny incision to vacuum layers of fat. This requires stitches afterwards with possible scarring.A small cannula around 1/16th of an inch in diameter is inserted through a tiny incision that’s around 1/3rd of an inch. No stitches or drain required, and has less obvious scarring.
AnesthesiaGeneral anestheticLocal anesthetic
Recovery PeriodBack to work within one week with moderate bruising and soreness.Back to work within one to two days with mild bruising and soreness


Which one is better?

From the table above, you can probably say that tumescent liposuction is better due to being a bit less invasive. However, never underestimate what traditional liposuction can do. After all, traditional liposuction has not become the most popular procedure in the country for nothing.

Both procedures can deliver the results you want, but they do have their own pros and cons. If you want superb results, choosing who your surgeon will be is the first step in deciding which liposuction technique to get. It’s crucial that you feel confident about your doctor’s skill and experience regardless of what method you choose.

With that said, the smartest move to make is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Thankfully, Dr. Fasching is highly qualified to recommend and perform both techniques, and give the results you desire and deserve. To know if you’re a good liposuction candidate and which technique is better for you, schedule an appointment today.