Are you struggling with areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise? Maybe it’s a little extra fullness in the abdominal area or thighs that aren’t as sleek as you’d like. Tumescent liposuction treatments at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Services in Ann Arbor, MI, can help you shed unwanted fat and contour your body.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent Liposuction is a popular form of lipo that is performed on an outpatient basis. It can be used just about anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, back, hips, thighs, flanks, and arms. This type of liposuction offers patients smoother, more refined results.
Because it’s performed under local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, your procedure has less risk involved and a quicker recovery.
Will This Help Me Lose Weight?
This is not generally considered to be a weight-loss treatment. What it does offer, however, is the unique ability to get rid of unwanted fat in very specific areas of the body. So while you won’t lose 20 or 30 pounds as a result of treatment, you will be able to get rid of the fullness that sometimes develops above the waistline and along the bra line, extra heaviness in the upper arms, and other problem areas you’re struggling with.
This treatment allows you to sculpt your body, and treat problem areas that aren’t responding to diet and exercise.
Are the Results Permanent?
Yes. One of the many advantages of this treatment is that it permanently gets rid of unwanted fat. It won’t prevent your body from developing new fat in the future, though, so you’ll want to stick with a healthy lifestyle to best preserve your results.
Will Insurance Cover This Treatment?
Insurance companies don’t cover liposuction because it is considered to be a cosmetic treatment.
Is It Safe?
Yes. This is a safe treatment. In fact, it is generally safer than liposuction performed under general anesthesia. We are, however, limited to the number of areas we can treat at one time by staying well under the upper limits of the amount of tumescent (numbing solution) we can use in one treatment.
How It Works
We’ll begin by cleansing the skin in the target area and making reference marks that will guide us during treatment. We’ll then inject the tumescent solution, which contains saline, lidocaine and epinephrine. This will numb the treatment area and cause fatty deposits to firm up, which allows us to work with greater precision when removing fat and sculpting the area. By temporarily constricting blood vessels in the area, this also decreases bruising and allows patients to enjoy a more comfortable recovery.
After injecting the tumescent solution, we’ll make a tiny incision in the skin through which we’ll insert a small tube, called a cannula. We’ll then use the cannula to suction out the targeted fat.
Will I Have Scars Afterwards?
The incisions we make will be 2-4 millimeters in size and will be so tiny they will be barely noticeable. The small incisions also give us more flexibility when planning your treatment and are placed in areas that are easy to hide.
What Type of Recovery Is Involved?
The recovery period associated with tumescent treatments is usually much shorter than with more extensive liposuction procedures formed under general anesthesia. Tumescent patients are usually back at work within a few days. Patients are also asked to wear a compression garment that will facilitate their recovery and help their skin contract and conform to the body’s new shape. Patients are generally able to return to exercise 2-3 weeks after their treatment.
What Type of Results Can I Expect?
Patients generally seek out this treatment because they have pockets of stubborn fat that they want to get rid of, and this treatment can successfully tackle those areas. But this treatment is much more than a spot corrector. By slimming down unwanted fat, it can recontour and reshape the body, giving you a sleek, more youthful physique. You’ll look great, and you’ll feel terrific about your body.
How Soon Will I See Changes in My Body?
Fat reduction will be seen immediately after the procedure. You will have an expected period of swelling for a couple of weeks, and final results seen closer to 3-6 months.
Can Tumescent Liposuction Help With a Double Chin?
Yes. This treatment can successfully reduce the extra fullness that can develop just beneath the chin.
Will This Treatment Help With Cellulite?
Cellulite isn’t caused solely by the presence of fat, so liposuction is not generally considered to be a cellulite treatment. The underlying structure of the skin, including the fibrous bands that run between the skin and the muscle that lies below, has a significant influence on the development of cellulite. Liposuction does not alter that underlying structure. BodyTite radiofrequency skin tightening would be a more effective treatment for cellulite on the body.
Who Is This Right For?
The best candidates for this treatment are in good overall health and have a stable weight but struggle with stubborn areas of unwanted fat. Patients considering this treatment should also be realistic about the likely outcome. This treatment can noticeably improve a patient’s figure, but it won’t take 30 years off your appearance. People with severe skin laxity are generally not considered good candidates for liposuction. People with mild to moderate skin laxity can have liposuction performed in combination with a skin tightening procedure like BodyTite.
Can Men Take Advantage of This Treatment?
Yes. Men routinely undergo this form of liposuction. Men most often turn to tumescent treatments for help with the chin and neck, the abdominal area, flanks, and chest.
Is There a Right Age to Pursue Treatment?
For this treatment to be successful, the patient needs to have healthy skin that is still fairly elastic. Patients who are younger tend to have better skin retraction following liposuction, while older patients may need to combine their liposuction procedure with BodyTite radiofrequency skin tightening to achieve better results.
Take the First Step Toward a New You
Are you ready to say goodbye to those problem areas and finally get the figure you’ve been working towards? This treatment can help slim down and recontour your body with a minimum of hassle and downtime.