Traditional Liposuction vs. Tumescent Liposuction/Liposculpture


Years ago, getting the body of your dreams required major surgery that often resulted in pain, bruising, and an extended recovery time. Yesterday's liposuction was risky and difficult - but we've come a long way since then.
Today, Tumescent Liposuction, also known as Liposculpture, is an easier, safer procedure with minimal downtime. Find out how, at Houston Smart Lipo Centers, we've come to perfect the art of sculpting your body.



Yesterday: Liposuction was performed under general anesthesia, with the patient unconscious during the operation.


Today: Tumescent Liposuction/Liposculpture much less invasive than liposuction of the past. Today, Liposculpture patients at Houston Smart Lipo Centers are given local anesthesia, numbing only the area that is being worked on. Patients are awake and alert during the entire procedure - opening the lines of communication between doctor and patient like never before. And, because Liposculpture doesn't use the same heavy sedatives as traditional liposuction, patients are able to walk out of our offices after the procedure and return to most activities in 1 to 2 days.



Yesterday: Liposuction was a major surgery, sometimes resulting in serious complications in the operating room.


Today: Many of the serious complications associated with traditional liposuction occurred because the patient was under heavy anesthesia. Patients under heavy anesthesia were unable to tell their doctors if the procedure was too aggressive or causing unusual amounts of pain. With Tumescent Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers, complications due to general anesthesia are eliminated. Patients remain awake under light sedation, able to communicate anything they are feeling. And, because Liposculpture uses only local anesthetic, patients are less likely to experience adverse reactions.



Yesterday: Liposuction caused major bruising and unsightly scars.


Today: Traditional liposuction was an aggressive procedure that produced deep bruises and sometimes required stitches, often resulting in scars. The Tumescent Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers is different in two major ways:


1. It's less invasive.


Most areas of the body require only 1 to 2 tiny incisions. The cannula, or straw-like tool that is used to suck out fat, is only 2-3 millimeters wide - that's about the size of a cooked piece of spaghetti. The incisions resulting from the procedure are barely noticeable after only a few weeks. Because the cannulas are so much smaller than the ones used in traditional liposuction, you won't experience the unsightly scars that sometimes accompanied traditional liposuction.


2. It's gentler.


When using the larger instruments in traditional liposuction, doctors generally make larger, more aggressive strokes while removing fat. Because Liposculpture at Houston Smart lipo Centers uses smaller cannulas, all procedures are performed with shorter, gentler strokes. Tumescent liposuction may take longer than traditional liposuction, but the procedure leaves minimal bruising and pain.

With today's Liposculpture, you get the same results as traditional liposuction without all of the bruising and scarring.



Yesterday: Traditional liposuction meant a long recovery period and major soreness.


Today: Because Tumescent Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers is gentler and less invasive, the recovery periods and soreness experienced are minimal. After the procedure, patients are able to walk out of our offices, and they usually return to work in 1 to 2 days. Since Liposculpture is not considered a major surgery, it is a completely outpatient procedure. We'll ask that you wear a compression garment continuously for three days, then at least 8 hours a day for two weeks. Patients usually experience only mild soreness the day after the procedure - something equivalent to post-exercise muscle ache.



Liposculpture: Your Body's Future


Tumescent Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers is today's new way to achieve the body you've always wanted: Easier and safer, Tumescent Liposuction is just as effective as traditional liposuction, but without less complications, soreness, bruising, and scarring. Our Tumescent Liposuction procedure also boosts the collagen-producing agents in skin, leaving skin firm and smooth. Gentle and minimally invasive, you'll be on your feet the next day, and enjoying your new body in no time.