The “Tumescent Technique” is probably the way most people have heard of in terms of Louisville Liposuction. This is because the word “Tumescent” is often used to describe any technique that involves the use of wetting solutions.
But, this really isn’t accurate. The Tumescent technique of Louisville Liposuction is very specific in that the surgeon will infiltrate 3 to 4 times the amount of wetting solution as he/she plans to suction out. So a planned suction of 1000 cc’s calls for the infiltration of 3 to 4000 cc’s of wetting solution.
This technique is the preferred one if general anesthesia is not going to be used because it allows for substantially larger amounts of lidocaine to be used. It also keeps the blood loss to about 1% of the volume aspirated.
Lee Corbett, MD