What Is Tumescent Fluid?

Tampa liposuction surgeon explains tumescent fluid.

If you’ve had liposuction or are considering the procedure in Tampa or around the country, there’s a term you’ve probably heard mentioned: tumescent fluid. Perhaps your liposuction surgeon glossed over an explanation or you were too nervous to ask. I think it’s important to understand, so I thought I’d give a brief summary here.

Tumescent fluid is a sterile solution containing:

  • Saline
  • Epinephrine or adrenaline
  • Lidocaine

What It Does

During my Tampa liposuction procedures, the use of tumescent fluid accomplishes several important goals. First, the lidocaine acts as an anesthetic, minimizing pain. Second, the adrenaline reduces bleeding. Finally, tumescent fluid makes the process of fat removal easier by causing tissue to become swollen and firm. Ultimately, patients experience faster recovery, less bleeding, reduced bruising, less discomfort and improved results.

Use with Other Liposuction Techniques

Although tumescent liposuction is considered its own liposuction technique, other methods of liposuction such as power-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction or Smartlipo™ (laser assisted liposuction) also use tumescent fluid. In truth, it has become an industry standard and an essential part of most liposuction procedures.

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