Tumescent Liposuction vs. Laser Liposuction

We have many patients asking what the differences are between tumescent liposuction and laser liposuction. Dr. Frank, a New York City board-certified cosmetic surgeon, wanted to share the differences between tumescent liposuction and laser liposuction to help you make more informed decisions.

Tumescent liposuction is a type of liposuction that involves injecting a large volume of tumescent solution into the treatment area before the fat is removed. The tumescent solution contains a local anesthetic and a vasoconstrictor, allowing it to numb the treatment area and minimize bleeding during the procedure.

Laser liposuction, also known as laser-assisted liposuction or laser lipolysis, involves the use of a laser to melt excess fat. The laser is inserted through a small incision in the skin, and the heat from the laser melts the fat, which is then suctioned out through a cannula.

Key Differences Between Tumescent Liposuction vs. Laser Liposuction

1. Method of fat removal: Tumescent liposuction dislodges and removes fat using a cannula, while laser liposuction uses a laser to melt fat, which is then removed with a cannula.

2. Anesthesia: Both types of liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on a variety of factors. Tumescent liposuction includes injection of a tumescent solution, which contains local anesthesia. Laser liposuction does not include local anesthesia, but it can be injected separately.

3. Recovery time: Tumescent liposuction recovery may be longer than laser liposuction, and patients may experience more swelling and bruising after the procedure.

4. Results: Both tumescent liposuction and laser liposuction can produce good results, but laser liposuction may be less invasive and can have a shorter recovery time.

    Tumescent Liposuction Laser Liposuction
    Method of Fat Removal Injecting a tumescent solution and using a cannula to remove fat Using a laser to melt fat, which is removed with a cannula
    Anesthesia Local (included) w/ sedation or general Local (not included) w/ sedation or general
    Recovery Time Varies, but generally longer Shorter recovery times
    Swelling and Bruising May be a bit more extensive Less extensive bruising
    Invasiveness More invasive Less invasive
    Results Good Good

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    It is important to discuss your options with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Frank. To help you make an informed decision, your surgeon should consider factors such as the size of the treatment area, the amount of fat to be removed, and your individual goals and expectations. If you are looking for a cosmetic surgeon, contact Dr. Frank in his New York office at (212) 327-2919 and schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help you remove your unwanted body fat.