Dr. John Hatherley Explains Tumescent Liposuction Procedure
If your physician recommends the tumescent
The tumescent methodology is a relatively new liposuction
procedure that can reduce post operative bruising, swelling
and pain. Because blood loss is minimized during tumescent liposuction,
use of the methodology reduces the risk that a blood
replacement will be needed.
In the tumescent technique, fatty areas are injected with a
large amount of anesthetic liquid prior to liposuction is per-formed. The liquid
causes the parts of fat to become swollen and firm or "tumesced."
The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel
smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed.
Anyindividual who is a candidate for regular liposuction is
also a possible candidate for the tumescent methodology. Although the
technique can be used on any area of the body, it is
usually used on parts that need increased
precision, for example the face, neck, arms, calves and ankles.
Individuals who have large areas of too much fat may also be good
candidates for tumescent liposuction.
Benefits of the tumescent liposuction are so
compelling that all liposuction cases I have
performed since 1992 have been performed using tumescent
Tumescent technique for liposuction was described and
introduced by a dermatologist, Jeffrey Klein, M.D., in the 1980s. You can
learn more about how tumescent liposuction noticeably
decreases bleeding and difficulties in the history of
With the tumescent methodology, liposuction
can now easily be done totally by local anesthesia, with or without a mild
Valium-like drug added.
John Hatherley M.D. is a Board Certified Physician and Surgeon who has practiced
in Southern California since 1986. After obtaining his medical degree from the
prestigious Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL,