Liposuction FAQs at Liposuction MN Clinic Minneapolis, MN Area

We understand that choosing liposuction can be a big decision, so we urge you to contact us for a free consultation, where all your questions will be answered.

What is In-Office Lipo?

Liposuction is defined as the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula. The in-office tumescent technique uses smaller cannulas than other forms of liposuction. This leads to less discomfort, quick recovery and smoother outcomes. In laser liposuction and Vaser liposuction, fat is melted using heat. This leads to a longer recovery time and a potential for poorer outcomes.

How long is the liposuction surgery, post-op and recovery time?

With the tumescent liposuction procedure, patients can usually leave the office within 30 minutes of the surgery’s completion. Most patients can return to a desk-type job the next day. Because the tumescent liposuction technique produces the least amount of pain and swelling of any other technique, patients are able to return to normal physical activity quite quickly.

Is there pain and discomfort with tumescent liposuction?

During the first two-to-four days after liposuction, patients will experience mild to moderate soreness, but the soreness steadily decreases over a four-week period. Most patients feel relief by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen.

Are there visible scars after tumescent liposuction?

The appearance of the skin after the liposuction procedure depends on the skin type. Skin with good elasticity should look smooth and natural after liposuction. Scars are very uncommon, because tumescent liposuction uses a very small cannula to suck the fat.

What has been your youngest and oldest liposuction patient?

Our youngest patient was a 16-year-old female high school cheerleader with disproportionately large outer thighs. Our oldest patient was an 84-year-old male who was self-conscious about his large breasts during his daily workout at the retirement-community pool.

Will you perform liposuction on obese patients? If no, have you made any exceptions?

We are reluctant to do liposuction on patients with a BMI of more than 35. We will consider doing one area on an obese patient if we are convinced that treating the area will offer the patient longer-term cosmetic benefits and will also be safe.

How do you monitor patients during the liposuction surgery?

Patients are monitored using a continuous cardiac rhythm monitor and automatic blood pressure monitor.

How long do patients wear compression garments postoperatively?

Patients typically wear post-operative compression garments for less than one week.

Do you have knowledge of fatalities or serious complications by dermatologists performing liposuction using the tumescent liposuction procedure? Do you have knowledge of fatalities or serious complications from liposuction by other specialists?

Virtually every published report of a death associated with liposuction has been associated with the use of general anesthesia, the use of heavy IV sedation and narcotics, multiple concomitant unrelated surgical procedures, or excessively large-volume liposuction. The tumescent liposuction procedure is done using local anesthesia, without IV sedation, without multiple unrelated surgical procedures. We do not remove excessive volumes of fat so the risk factors are greatly reduced, and no deaths have been reported.

Do you utilize premedications for liposuction? If so, what?

Most patients receive lorazepam by mouth for anxiousness the night before surgery, and again on the day of surgery. Also, just before surgery, patients are typically given clonidine, a blood pressure medication, provided the patient’s pulse rate is greater than 60 beats per minute, and the blood pressure is greater than 100/60. This combination provides excellent anxiolysis, or minimal sedation, with virtually no respiratory depression. Patients who have a history of any prior episode of fainting – no matter what the precipitating event – or any episode of light-headedness associated with a medical procedure are given atropine as soon as the pre-op IV access is established.

What is power liposuction?

Power-assisted liposuction cannulas are only beneficial with larger cannulas, which cause more pain. Metro Vein and Cosmetic Surgery does not use power-assisted liposuction. Instead we use microcannulas, which give smoother results and require far fewer touch-up procedures.

Do you have knowledge of patients who have had liposuction using IV sedation or general anesthesia and later had liposuction using the tumescent procedure? If so, what have the patients said about the experiences?

Several hundred patients who had traditional liposuction without the tumescent technique subsequently had tumescent liposuction with local anesthesia. These patients have uniformly commented that tumescent liposuction was easier, less uncomfortable, with virtually no hypothermia, no nausea and no vomiting. They also reported that the post-op bruising, swelling and tenderness were dramatically less intense. Virtually all patients returned to work and normal activities sooner than following liposuction under general anesthesia.

What are the risks associated with tumescent liposuction?

Liposuction performed by experienced physicians like Dr. Bures and Dr. Afzal at Metro Vein and Cosmetic Surgery is safe. However, side effects like temporary bruising, swelling, soreness and numbness in and around the treated areas are common. You might also see irritation and minor scarring around the incision site. But because of the fact that tumescent liposuction uses local anesthesia, the risks are minimal.