Is “Super Wet” Liposuction Better?

Woman's bodyTraditional liposuction, often called tumescent liposuction, remains the gold standard for lipo techniques, but some other approaches to liposuction may deliver better results in the right patients and the right target areas. One technique is referred to as “super wet” liposuction.

What Is Super Wet Liposuction?

Surgeons once performed a technique known as dry liposuction, in which no tumescent fluid was injected into the treatment area to break up fat cells, but the lack of fluid increased risk of blood loss. In response, tumescent liposuction was developed, a procedure that uses a tumescent fluid to offset blood loss, numb the treatment area and dilute fat cells prior to their removal. Super wet liposuction uses the same principles as tumescent lipo, but with even more tumescent solution.

The Benefits of Lipo Using Tumescent Fluid

Using a tumescent solution, which is a mixture of lidocaine and epinephrine, offers several patient benefits. For one, because the tumescent fluid acts as a local anesthetic, not all liposuction patients are required to go under general anesthesia. Secondly, the tumescent solution shrinks blood capillaries to reduce blood loss, making lipo techniques that use tumescent fluid some of the safest available.

The Importance of Surgical Skill

While some liposuction techniques may offer certain advantages over others, the most important factor in achieving the best liposuction results is your surgeon. Your liposuction surgeon uses his or her expertise to inform the decision on which approach can create your desired results in the safest and most effective manner. Taking the time to find an experienced liposuction specialist is the best step you can take toward your ideal liposuction results.

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