During tumescent liposuction, a mixture of local anesthetic and epinephrine is injected into the treatment area. The solution numbs the area and constricts blood vessels minimizing risk of bleeding. General anesthesia is not needed in tumescent liposuction. A relaxant may also be administered to reduce anxiety. Patient comfort can be increased by injecting a pain medication.
Dr. Nowak uses the power-assisted technology, at his office in Chula Vista, which swiftly moves through the tissues and removes small amounts of fat at a time. The movement creates a vibration that most patients describe as similar to getting a massage, increasing patient comfort.
After the area has been infused with tumescent solution, a small tube called a cannula is inserted into one or more tiny, inconspicuous incision and the unwanted fat is suctioned away.
The procedure does not require stitches because incisions are so small and close up naturally. The entire procedure takes 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the areas being treated.
In addition, Dr. Nowak utilizes the power-assisted technology which rapidly moves through the tissue removing small amounts of fat at a time. This movement creates a vibration that some patients describe as being similar to a massage providing greater patient comfort.