The doctors at OSU Wexner Medical Center have extensive experience with various liposuction techniques. In traditional liposuction, our doctors use thin metal tubes, called cannulas, to vacuum out excess fat cells through small incisions. While the duration of the procedure depends on the amount of liposuction you’re having done, it typically lasts about two hours and can be done on an outpatient basis.
- Tumescent liposuction uses numbing agents and drugs in the target areas to minimize blood loss, pain and discomfort during liposuction. This typically eliminates the need for a general anesthetic and minimizes swelling and bruising during recovery.
- Super-wet liposuction is very similar to tumescent, but uses a smaller amount of drugs and numbing agents. This method is often preferred by high-volume liposuction patients.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves to liquefy fat cells, making them easier to remove. This procedure can also reduce blood loss.