Lipolite Vs. Tumescent Liposuction

What is the difference between lipolite and Tumescent Liposuction?

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Tumescent liposuction vs lipoLite

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Tumescent liposuctioning ia a term to define a technique that fills the area to be treated with a large amount of fluid with local anesthetic and epinephrine. The result is that there is numbness and less blood loss. The type of actual liposuctioning can be traditional, laser(like lipolite), ultrasonic or power assisted.

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LipoLite vs. Tumescent Liposuction

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Tumescent Liposuction referes to the use of a lot of fluid during liposuction. Until its introduction (late 80s or early 90s?), liposuction was done 'dry", ie, minimal infiltration of the tissues to be treated with fluid. It was noted and has been proven that using a lot of fluid - providing tumescence to the tissues to be treated- decreased blood loss and improved results with liposuction. So basically, when one says 'tumescent lipo", it is just that - a lot of fluid infiltrated before the actual removal of fat is done, the suctioning or aspiration phase. Most liposuction procedures are done that way today. I guess,the variation is how much fluid your surgeon puts in the fatty layer before doing the suctioning.

LipoLite is a kind or brand of Laser assisted liposuction. It refers to the laser machine distributed by a laser company - Syneron. There are other laser assisted liposuction devices ; Smart Lipo, Slim Lipo, Smooth Lipo are names that come to mind. When performing Laser assisted liposuction, one uses laser energy, supposedly to melt fat. The sequence is infiltration of fluid (therefore tumescence is also achieved), melting of fat by the laser, then removal of fat or suctioning. J. Vicente Poblete, MD, FACS

J. Vicente P. Poblete, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon

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