Tumescent Liposuction is a technique in which a large volume of fluid is introduced into the fat before it is removed. This fluid provides complete anesthesia allowing the procedure to be done completely under local anesthesia (awake liposuction). The fluid also contains a medication which eliminates any bleeding and also allows the surgery to be done with very small instruments.
Absolutely not! Dr. Crabtree performs all Liposuction procedures under local anesthesia. If necessary, Dr. Crabtree provides a sedative to his “nervous” patients before the procedure is started and strives to keep each patient completely comfortable during surgery. Patients can listen to their favorite music or simply relax and take a nap. Once the procedure begins, many patients want to talk to the Doctor and ask questions.
No, we perform this procedure in our fully accredited office surgery suite. This eliminates the cost associated with hospitalization. It also eliminates the added cost of general anesthesia, since it is performed entirely with local anesthesia.
Most individuals return to work in 1-2 days depending on which areas are treated. Dr. Crabtree does not put any restrictions on his liposuction patients after the procedure including lifting and bending (exception: patients can shower anytime after surgery, but may not submerge in bathwater, hot tubs, etc. for 3 weeks).
Yes, all individuals experience some minor swelling post-operatively. Due to small instrumentation there is much less trauma to the tissue after tumescent liposuction therefore swelling and bruising is minimized. Any bruising resolves within 1-2 weeks and most of the swelling has gone down by six weeks post-op.
The skin is surprisingly forgiving in most areas and contracts to some degree. Removing the weight of the fat will decrease the residual weight of the skin. This allows the elasticity of the skin to lift up. The underlying tissue contracts as a natural healing process resulting in skin elevation. Sometimes as a result of factors such as a large weight loss, poor skin elasticity from genetics or the aging process, the skin will not tighten completely. Dr. Crabtree discusses the amount of skin contraction that can be expected when patients come for their initial complimentary consultation.