Body Contouring with Tumescent Liposuction

  • Carolyn I. Jacob


Liposuction is the aesthetic removal of undesirable, localized collections of subcutaneous adipose tissue.1 An individual may be near his or her ideal body weight, yet still have disproportionate, localized adipose deposition. Such a patient is an ideal candidate for tumescent liposuction. This technique of infiltrating large volumes of dilute lidocaine and epinephrine obviated the need for general anesthesia, virtually eliminated the need for blood transfusions, and decreased patient recovery time.2–4 Lidocaine toxicity is the most significant factor that limits the amount of anesthesia used in tumescent liposuction. Using the tumescent technique, lidocaine dosages up to 55 mg/kg can be used with minimal risk of lidocaine toxicity.5


Incision Site Compression Garment Posterior Thigh Lateral Thigh Tumescent Anesthesia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn I. Jacob
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  1. 1.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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