Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction


The Tumescent Liposuction is a fat reduction solution that is a technique of liposuction that typically doesn’t require a general anaesthetic and minimises blood loss.

Tumescent liposuction, often called the “local liposuction,” uses an infusion of adrenaline, saline, and local anaesthesia prior to fat removal. Typically, the amount of saline solution used is two to three times more than the volume of fat that is removed.

Tumescent Liposuction can sculpt the body more than traditional liposuction as the patient is not under general anaesthetic. Body contouring is far more possible as the patient is conscious and can turn, sit and stand during the procedure.

Recovery for Tumescent Liposuction is also generally far shorter than traditional liposuction. Depending on the areas treated, some people can return to work after 3-7 days, although bruising and swelling ongoing during recover and the true results being visible after 6-8 weeks.

As with many aesthetic procedures, the results will depend on the training and experience of your chosen surgeon. Typically, some patients are satisfied with the results after one Tumescent Liposuction procedure, while others may require several procedures to obtain the desired results.

While some of the Tumescent Liposuction results are immediately visible, the best results are visible after several weeks, with ongoing improvements seen up to three or more months after treatment.

Tumescent Liposuction is just one type of liposuction; you can use our website to research other types of liposuction and choose what is best for you.

Why Have Tumescent Liposuction?
The Tumescent Liposuction procedure is helpful in treating the following conditions:

  • Shaping arms. Lessening stubborn fat deposits in the arms can be achieved with Tumescent Liposuction.
  • Buttocks that require reducing stubborn fat deposits or contouring the shape of the buttocks.
  • Leg shape and size. Tumescent Liposuction can address excess fat in the thigh and contour for desired shape.
  • Liposuction is often a component of the Mummy Makeover, with the Tumescent Liposuction often being able to remove stubborn “baby fat”.
  • Stubborn belly fat. Tumescent Liposuction can target the areas of the belly that are holding excess weight and are resistant to exercise and diet.
  • Neck and jaw definition. The Tumescent Liposuction procedure can reduce fat and sculpt the neck and jaw for a sharper and more youthful contour and profile.


Prior to the Tumescent Liposuction procedure, you should discuss with your doctor the arrangements that are made to ensure your comfort and safety. However, typically, the Tumescent Liposuction procedure is a day surgery treatment that is performed under a local anaesthetic or a mild sedation.

First, a numbing solution (tumescent fluid) is injected into the area to soften and numb the designated treatment area, while closing the restricting the blood vessels. One of the benefits of the Tumescent Liposuction procedure is there is less bleeding.

Then, through small incisions made into the treatment area, a small cannula is then inserted to suction out this liquid, plus the targeted fat with minimal blood loss.

A compression garment is typically required to be worn for a period after the Tumescent Liposuction procedure to help minimise bruising, maintain the desired contour and to help hasten your liposuction recovery.

The recovery period of the Tumescent Liposuction procedure is much shorter than traditional liposuction, and there is little to no scaring. The results of the Tumescent Liposuction procedure depend on the individual characteristics of your body. This includes your age, the amount of excess fat, the chosen area to be treated and the quality of your skin.

Risks and Complications

While the Tumescent Liposuction technique of liposuction typically doesn’t require a general anaesthetic, this minimises blood loss and any side effects of a general anaesthesia. However, as with any invasive procedure, it is not 100% risk free. While rare, there are possible risks following a Tumescent Liposuction can range from infection, skin necrosis, dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, excessive skin sagging as well as ongoing discomfort in the surgically treated area.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Who is the ideal candidate for Tumescent Liposuction?
A. The ideal candidate for the Tumescent Liposuction procedure has stubborn fat deposits and mild skin laxity issues. The Tumescent Liposuction procedure is not recommended for anyone who is currently at an unhealthy or unstable weight, or those with excessive loose, hanging skin, however, the Tumescent Liposuction procedure is ideal for those looking to achieve the results of liposuction without the risk of a general anaesthesia or excessive bleeding.

Q. What are the side-effects from having a Tumescent Liposuction procedure?
A. Typically you will have some redness, soreness and swelling, including bruising after treatment, however, this risk is reduced with the Tumescent Liposuction technique. Any side effects such as soreness and bruising will start to subside within 10 days, though the swelling can last up to 10 weeks. Wearing a compression garment will aid in the speed of your recovery.

Q. Is the Tumescent Liposuction procedure painful?
A. Typically the procedure is comfortable with a local anaesthetic, and you may be treated with a mild sedation as well. It is always a good idea to discuss with your surgeon in advance how your pain and comfort levels will be addressed. Post-treatment there can be some discomfort, though your prescribing doctor can provide you with the appropriate post-operative pain care.

Q. Is the Tumescent Liposuction procedure safe?
A. The Tumescent Liposuction procedure is considered a safer alternative while still providing results. The other main advantage of this procedure is there is generally no general anaesthetic, and it can avoid large shifts in body fluids that sometimes occur after removing a large volume of fat, which may result in low blood pressure. However, as tumescent liposuction is still a major surgery, this doesn’t mean the procedure is without risk.


As with all procedures, the price of Tumescent Liposuction will vary from provider to provider, the location and the brand of technology. As a guideline expect to pay between $2400 – $4500.

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