What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Plastic Surgeon Serving Indianapolis, Indiana


When liposuction was first developed decades ago, it produced a significant amount of bleeding, bruising, swelling, and post-operative pain. In response to these complications, plastic surgeons began using newer, more innovative techniques that improved the safety and effectiveness of liposuction. One of the first techniques developed was tumescent liposuction.

With tumescent liposuction, a solution containing saline, adrenaline and local anesthetic is injected into the areas of fat to be treated to reduce blood loss and pain. Tumescent liposuction also enabled plastic surgeons to perform the procedure using local anesthesia when limited areas are being treated.

Over time, tumescent liposuction has continued to be refined, resulting in the development of the Superwet Technique. This technique uses the same concentration of adrenaline and local anesthetic, but with a smaller volume of fluid, creating a 1:1 ratio of fluid injected to fat removed. Although the amount of fluid injected varies, many people use the terms “tumescent” and “superwet” interchangeably. This provides you with all of the benefits of traditional tumescent liposuction while further reducing the risk of complications.

Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata uses the Superwet Technique with his liposuction patients because in his vast experience, this technique consistently yields the most effective results. Most patients will receive general anesthesia as part of their liposuction procedure, but in cases where only a small area is being treated, Dr. Fata may use sedation instead.

Please contact Dr. Fata today to schedule your confidential consultation. Renaissance Plastic Surgery serves patients in Indianapolis, Indiana.