Tumescent Liposuction

The popular technique of tumescent liposuction (or lipoplasty) has evolved over the years to give patients more options for removing subcutaneous fat, and thereby slimming and reshaping specific areas of the body with fewer side effects and quicker recovery time.

Conventional Methods Have Their Places

In spite of maintaining a healthy diet and a reasonable level of fitness, many people have disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. After all, heredity plays a role in a person’s shape, along with weight control and fitness.

Wilmington Plastic Surgery offers several body contouring procedures, including tumescent and ultrasonic liposuction, both of which are more conventional methods that are effective at removing larger localized fat deposits than Smartlipo or CoolSculpting.

Tumescent liposuction uses local anesthesia to remove pockets of fat, eliminating the need for general anesthesia, intravenous narcotics and sedatives, and it minimizes blood loss. Ultrasonic liposculpture also uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy the fat before it is removed.

Call today for a consultation with one of our world-class, board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons to find out which body sculpting procedure would be most appropriate for you.


  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Calves
  • Ankles
  • Female or male breast reduction

Liposuction may be performed alone, or used with other plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.

People with stubborn bumps and bulges who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.

Liposuction should not be viewed as a treatment for obesity, nor a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks.


  • Less blood loss
  • Intravenous fluid replacement is not necessary
  • Bacteriostatic lidocaine may decrease the risk of infections
  • Tumescence magnifies defects; therefore, the likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may be decreased

Ultimately liposuction, like all cosmetic procedures, can be effective in enhancing the patient’s self-image.

Stop by our main office in Wilmington, North Carolina, call 910-509-SKIN, or Schedule your appointment.

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